Mount Coulthard | 2010.10.03

Mount Coulthard
  • Location: Crowsnest Pass
  • Activity: Bike-N-Hike
  • Height: 2,642 m (8,668 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 m (4,593 ft)
  • Distance: 23.6 km / Round Trip (14.7 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 6.8°
  • Estimated Time: 5-8 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Hard

I believe Mount Coulthard is the last mountain in Crowsnest Pass which I have done in 90’ but not covered in my website. So I was pretty happy to complete the revisits of peaks in Crowsnest Pass.

Unlike Bob Spirko’s trip I decided to take bike approach for this one. Though I have to say much of the way up to Dakota plain crash site, I pushed my bike rather than riding… Shame on me!! Near the crash site, I found a spot to hide my bike and switched to hiking gear.

Route was quite simple. Go up along a long waterfall from the crash site (page 6). Then keep walking on toward south, you will soon find 2 of 3 almost identically tall peaks of Coulthard on left (east) (page 8). Go up the hill toward the peaks. The tricky part was not the route but finding out the actual summit. According to map, the peak should be most western peak (waypoint Peak 1) among the 3 peaks, however the tallest one is most eastern peak, the one Bob Spirko did (waypoint Mount Coulthard). After quickly summated closest two peaks (waypoint Peak 1 and Peak 2) I decided to ignore the true summit and went for somewhat isolated and lower peak (waypoint Peak 4) because I assumed the tallest peak is something else and not part of Coulthard. Once I looked back from Peak 4, I saw a trail leading to the summit, then I checked my GPS for Bob’s track only to realize that was where I was supposed to go lol (page 14). So I had to get back up again. If you go from Peak 1 → Peak 2 → Mount Coulthard → Peak 4 then you will save elevation loss and minimize distance unlike me. I was wondering and wandering without logistic. I went back the same way.

* Grid References (GR) is based on WGS84 which can be considered as NAD83 (The difference is inciginificant)

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