I never had intentions of reaching the summit of Castle Mountain. I was content with just looking up and admiring the majestic mountain. A couple of weeks prior, I heard someone mention the name and for whatever reason it implanted in my brain and I could not let it go. I gathered some information from Agent X and Michael JC, I bought Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies by Alan Kane, I downloaded two gpx files. I received pertinent info from Adventure Designer and Smuts-Fist. Yes, I did my homework and after doing so and coming to the realization that I believed I could stand up on top of Castle Mountain where that red star is, I put an invite out with hopes of getting a few experienced & supportive friends on board and I got exactly what I wished for.
We took a break to fuel up.
Our destination is the top of the mountain to the right of the V.
on the plateau above Rockbound Lake with our destination at the top left to the the right of the V
view as we worked our way even higher through the pleasant grassy meadow area
Rockbound Lake below me
I felt like I was on another planet.
Incredible view of all the Peaks & Knobs
We passed by another gully on the opposite side that gave us a sneak peek of Highway 1 below us.
I arrived at the top overcome with emotions.
I tried to hide it behind my glasses by no luck.
After gathering my composure I secured my first summit shot framing Mount Temple with my victory pose and hoping my friends were accomplishing the same success with their summit bid over on that Mountain.
Queen of The Castle
We spent about 50 minutes on the summit sharing it with a few others.
I settled down to dine with this view in front of me.
my five friends and me
Queens & Kings of The Castle
me & Short Stop
the hue of our shirts blend nicely with the Lake
Now back at Tower Lake we had all the hard work behind us.
We had the last seven to eight kilometers to get through.
We put our heads down, aimed down through the trees over all the roots and rocks.
This was an incredible day for me. I was thankful to be in the company of experienced, encouraging and supportive people. I felt like I made leaps and bounds growing as adventurer. It was an empowering feeling to be on that summit and also to complete this hike/scramble with only sore soles of my feet.
Thank you for this day!