Lightning Peak (+ Bolt)

Trip Category: 
SC - Scrambling
Interesting Facts: 

Named by Bob Spirko after its neighboring peak to the north, "Thunder Mountain". Surprisingly, Lightning Peak is the second highest summit along the Livingstone Range - only its neighbor to the south - Centre Peak - is higher.

Technical Difficulty Level: 
5
Endurance Level: 
Med
YDS Class: 
3rd Class

Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Wietse, Phil, Calvin and I took advantage of yet another great May weather forecast on Sunday, May 27th 2018 to summit a peak that's been on my list for the past few Alberta spring scrambling seasons thanks to its position on the front ranges of the Rockies near the Crowsnest Pass. For some reason Phil and I ended up canceling several planned excursions here, but alls well that ends well - and we picked the perfect day in the end. I first heard of this mountain from Bob Spirko in yet another of his excellent scouting trips around the Rockies where he finds these excellent easy approaches and interesting unnamed summits (and promptly feels free to give them his own label on the map of course cheeky). Cornelius Rott also gave the peak high praise after doing it in November of 2016 and since then I've been very interested in trying it myself.

 


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Summit Elevation (m): 
2,477
Summit Elevation (ft): 
8,126
Elevation Gain (m): 
1300
Round Trip Time: 
7.25
Total Distance (km): 
21.00
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist
Difficulty Notes: 

No major difficulties to Lightning Peak, mostly hiking or easy scrambling. "Bolt" peaks had some moderate terrain from the first to the second peak.