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Amber Mountain

After bagging Excelsior and Center, it was time to continue to the 3rd summit of the day. I dropped down to the valley floor to rejoin Skyline Trail, there's a beautiful lake waiting for me. I refilled my water again.

I didn't bother to follow the trail up the connecting ridge between Amber and Tekarra. The ground wasn't boulder anyway so I hiked straight up. The trail was covered in snow so it won't save me energy though.

I quickly gained the ridge, and what surprised me was how far I still had to go towards Amber Mountain. I made the bad decision of staying on the ridge crest. The trail, which was not visible, actually traversed slightly below the ridge crest on climber's left side. More boulders punished me for not seeing the trail though.. I bypassed the false summit on climber's left side, and then the summit was just in front of me. Now, I saw a group of 3 backpackers approaching from the other side. They were doing the classic Maligne Lake to Jasper traverse over 3 days. Amber Mountain is really just a bump, but since it has a name, it qualifies a separate summit.

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