As part of my long-planned trip up Centre Peak - the highest peak in the Livingstone Range - I always wanted to tag Caudron, it's southerly neighbor, in the same trip. It just seemed to make sense. Given how much work went into planning the route and getting permission from various landowners to drive and hike on their land, it made even more sense.
Ever since reading a pair of trip reports from Brandon Boulier which detailed winter scrambles up both Centre and Caudron Peaks in the Livingstone Range near the Crowsnest Pass in Southern Alberta, I've wanted to do them both as a day trip from the west. Most folks ascend only Centre Peak and they do it from the east side - an easy to moderate, or even difficult scramble, depending on the route chosen.
While in the area, and with plenty of time left after climbing Racehorse Peak (and the "Pony" extension), we decided that we might as well bag another unofficial peak near Racehorse Pass. We turned our attention to the straightforward Mount Racehorse - as defined creatively by Bob Spirko and Sonny Bou when they bagged it back in 2014.
After spending the previous two weeks in various stages of fall throughout the Rockies, I was almost ready to return to work on September 29, 2016 when Wietse texted me, asking if I wanted to bag a peak? Let's see. Go back to work or bag a peak? Hmmm. That decision wasn't really a decision so much as an instinct.
After summiting McGillivray Ridge in better-than-expected weather conditions, Wietse, Dave and I turned our attention to Ma Butte - a nice looking ridge to the west of McGillivray, sitting pretty in front of the impressive Crowsnest Mountain massif.
Wietse, Dave and I were approaching the trail head for Southfork Mountain and Barnaby Ridge when we noticed dark clouds and rain on the windshield. Since nobody felt like hiking or scrambling in the rain, we started searching our minds for easier objectives that could be done in the rain and wouldn't involve driving too terribly far.
After quickly bagging Allison it was time to beat the approaching storm up and down Window Mountain. On hindsight doing the exposed and loose traverse from Allison to Window Mountain in a rush was not the best idea I've ever had - but oh well!
Mount Ward was an enjoyable scramble in the Crowsnest Pass area. It presented very few difficulties and was actually quite easy to find! Just remember that it's the logging road at the bottom of a very long hill to the left and you can't miss it. We actually walked all the way up the darn road but I would recommend taking a vehicle with some clearance or your bike.
Tecumseh doesn't seem like a very popular mountain. It hasn't seen a whole lot of ascents over the past few years and I really don't know why. I found it to be quite enjoyable. Of course that could be because we had such nice weather on it compared to the other mountains. We walked up the access road (well most of the way on the right road - don't ask).
After summiting Robertson Peak I turned my attention to Tallon. I decided that since I wanted some exercise anyway I might as well bag the middle bump between Robertson and Tallon while I was in the area. It was only around 50-75 extra meters of height gain and was easier than side-hill grunting anyway.
Third time lucky! Finally I managed to summit Sentry Mountain after two previously unsuccessful attempts. On hindsight this is not a mountain that is really suited to off-season scrambling simply because of the exposure on the ridge.