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Mount Erickson

Difficulty: 
Moderate Scrambling
Elevation [m]: 
2487
Round Trip Distance [km]: 
12.7
Net Elevation Gain [m]: 
1219
Total Elevation Gain [m]: 
1507
Ascent Time: 
3:20
Bushwhackyness: 
Very Little
Tripdate: 
Saturday, June 8, 2013

For the second part of our Crowsnest Pass daytrip, Mike, Steven, and I met up with a bunch of Calgarians (Andrea, Raff, Vern, and Wietse) to go wander up Mount Erickson, a decent looking ridge just west of the border. Armed with some decent beta we set out from the turnoff just prior to Alexandra Creek and sauntered up a visible dirt slope before heading on upwards.

The ascent of Erickson up till treeline is a mix of light bushwhacking and bouler hopping (at first seperate and then becoming more blended the higher you go). Pretty much just heading up is the only main guide and pretty soon the ascent ridge and the (often visible) ridge on the climbers left join up and then the route leaves the trees behind. The prominent false summit is crowned with a curious looking green tower which could have been conjured from any number of sci-fi sources. Between the false summit and true summit is a short connecting ridge which gets a little narrow in places, nothing harsh though.

Once at the summit views of the Pass are pretty great with mountains such as Mount Mike, and Mount Harrison visible. The wind today was actually fairly reasonable (apparently not a common occurence in Crowsnest Pass) so we spent a fair bit of time lounging on the summit and taking in the views. Descent was via the same route. All in all certainly not a challenging route but a good day out and a great introduction to the Crowsnest Pass area. A big congratulations to Steven and Wietse who both ticked off their 200th summits on this trip!

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