West Castle Mountain


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Summit Elevation (m): 
2,316
Summit Elevation (ft): 
7,600
Elevation Gain (m): 
1500
Round Trip Time: 
11.00
Total Distance (km): 
24.00
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist
Difficulty Notes: 

The main crux is crossing the Castle River. Moderate scrambling at most to the summit. Combining with Lys Ridge ups the ante a bit.

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Trip Report

Sunday, October 23 2016 didn't go quite as planned. Originally Phil Richards and I were planning on scrambling Centre Peak from the west. Both Caudron and Centre Peak are easily ascended from the west, but to get close to them requires driving 9km along a back country road that heads north from just east of the Crowsnest Pass Golf Course off of the Crowsnest Highway. Immediately on turning up this road, we started getting bad vibes. The road was easily navigable, but there were signs posted everywhere detailing that all the property was now privately owned by a corporation named "Riversdale Resources" and that all risks of driving the road were solely ours. We felt like we were trespassing, but the signs weren't clear if the road itself was private property or not. Our fears were confirmed when we came to a cattle gate with very clearly posted signs (four of them!) warning us that if we continued to drive, we'd be open to prosecution and trespassing a blast area. Our attempt of either Centre or Caudron was over before it started.

 


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