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Found it Sleepy_hollow found Brass Cap Cache- Smith-Dorrien Rd (Locked)

Sunday, September 18, 2011Alberta, Canada

N 49° 01.419 W 113° 58.149

BCP546 - Mount Alderson

Joci, TiE and I decided to check out Mount Alderson bright and early this morning. We hit the trail at 8:00 a.m. and enjoyed the long switchbacks on the way to the first lake we encountered.

We finally broke out of the trees and were greeted with strong winds averaging 50 - 80 km/hr. The strong winds were accompanied by light showers and cool temperatures.

Once on the main ridge to Alderson we encountered winds that came close to lifting us off our feet. It was a definite struggle most of the day and especially when crossing the wet, loose, platey shale on the way up the ridge.

About 450 metres from the summit you encounter the crux of the scramble, where several tricky down climbs are required with exposed conditions. Once past the crux the remaining battle to the summit was again with the wind. At the cap site the wind was so strong that I simply captured the cap shot and a picture of the tight summit area a few metres away.

Our round trip track log showed a total distance of 21.9 km with 1200 metres of elevation gain. Thanks OFTH for this lofty cap location, and a special thanks to Joci and TiE for their terrific company on the trail!

Sunrise on the mountains

Additional Images Additional Images

Sunrise on the mountains Sunrise on the mountains

Getting ready in the parking area Getting ready in the parking area

Taking a break along the trail Taking a break along the trail

Arriving at Summit Lake Arriving at Summit Lake

Summit Lake this morning Summit Lake this morning

Where to next? Where to next?

It was like this all day It was like this all day

The trail heading to the col The trail heading to the col

The summit beyond the cap site The summit beyond the cap site

One of the Carthew Lakes One of the Carthew Lakes

Alderson Elevation Profile Alderson Elevation Profile

Alderson Track Alderson Track

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