Sentry Mountain


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Summit Elevation (m): 
2,435
Summit Elevation (ft): 
7,989
Elevation Gain (m): 
1050
Total Distance (km): 
7.00
Difficulty Notes: 

Moderate scrambling on the Kane route in dry conditions.

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Trip Report

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.

 

I would agree with the moderate rating but if there's any snow or ice on the ridge you will not feel comfortable up there and will probably have to go low down on the scree slopes and try to summit that way. I don't think that's the easiest way either! Overall I really enjoyed the scramble. It's a short approach and even though there's no trail the route is obvious the whole way.

 

I almost got into it with a large Ram about half way up Sentry so be aware that there are a lot of sheep up there and try to make some noise so nobody gets unduly surprised.

 

The route from the logging road. Basically work your way up the gravel pit and towards the ridge - you can't get lost. 
[The route from the logging road. Basically work your way up the gravel pit and towards the ridge - you can't get lost.]

The triangle face from on the ridge. Whether you go right or left really makes no difference. 
[The triangle face from on the ridge. Whether you go right or left really makes no difference.]

Summit ridge from the summit of Sentry Mountain. The narrow piece is really not much worse than some of the downclimbs that you encounter on the way up the ridge. 
[Summit ridge from the summit of Sentry Mountain. The narrow piece is really not much worse than some of the down climbs that you encounter on the way up the ridge.]

Vern at the windy summit of Sentry Mountain 
[Vern at the windy, cold and grey summit of Sentry Mountain.]

Crowsnest Mountain from the summit of Sentry Mountain. 
[Crowsnest Mountain from the summit of Sentry Mountain.]

Looking south from Sentry Mountain at Mount McLaren. Chinook Peak is just out of the picture to the right and is connected to Sentry Mountain by a fun looking ridge. 
[Looking south from Sentry Mountain at Mount McLaren. Chinook Peak is just out of the picture to the right and is connected to Sentry Mountain by a fun looking ridge.]

One of the bumps along the ridge. No place for people afraid of airy spaces! 
[One of the bumps along the ridge. No place for people afraid of airy spaces!]

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