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Mount Erickson
Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
September 15, 2007

After our Mount Erickson attempt five years ago Dinah Kruze and I had some unfinished business there. It was time to complete the job we started and we invited Sonny Bou to join us.

We followed the same procedure: After driving up Highway 3 to the south end of the mountain, we parked on the east side of the bridge. From the there, we followed the ridge to the summit.

At first, the grade was steep with mixed terrain of bush, trees and loose rock. Eventually the slope eased and turned into an enjoyable walk in the woods interrupted with short, interesting scrambling on rock outcrops.

Going at a leisurely pace, it took us three hours to reach the south summit. We continued along the ridge, dropping down to the col (losing 80 m of elevation) only to climb nearly 300 m to the false summit, distinguished by a green tower in the shape of a missile. From there it was an easy scramble along the ridge with little elevation gain to the true summit.

The summit cairn held a register with a single entry from last October. From the summit I could recognize several peaks to the east – Crowsnest Mountain naturally stood out – but the distant peaks west were unfamiliar to me.

After spending more than half an hour on the top we retraced our steps back to the car. The return was unremarkable except for the last section to the highway. Here the steep grade, loose rock, and undergrowth made for a miserable finish.

We appreciated the views on the summit, and we enjoyed climbing Mount Erickson. I highly recommend it as a late season scramble.

KML Track
Sonny's Trip Report

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)


Mount Erickson seen from the highway above Summit Lake


The trip begins with a steep climb


This sheep horn was surprisingly heavy. I wouldn't want to carry two of them on my head!


Most of the forest was a pleasant walk with little underbrush and deadfall


We often came across outcrops like this in the forest


Sonny climbs a stretch of rocks. Phillipps Peak in the background.


Reaching yet another rocky slope


A dead tree on a rocky slope


This ruffed grouse displays its tail


A mining project blights the view west


The huge talus field just before the south summit


On the south summit looking at the false summit which is topped by a green tower


The ascent up the false summit isn't as steep as it looks (click for a larger image)


A fissure on the south summit


Allison Peak (far left) and Crowsnest Mountain (far right)


Looking back at the south summit (click for a larger image)


On the saddle leading to the false summit


Sonny hikes up the grass slope below the false summit. Sentry Mountain in the background (mouse over)


Looking back from the false summit


From the false summit we made our way to the true summit (click for a larger image)


Looking back along the ridge


Sonny makes his way to the summit


Looking back at the false summit from the true summit


Sonny and I studied the mountains to the north


Sonny returns to the summit after checking out the views from a low point on the left (mouse over)


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