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Elbow Loop Bike Aug 6, 2018

Elbow Loop Bike Aug 6, 2018

Plan A was Threepoint but left my boots in garage so Plan B was Bike Elbow Loop which I had not done for 30 years.

43 km and 750 m but total more like 1000m with gain and regain.

About 7 leisurely hours with 1-2 hrs of breaks.

Decided to go CW which is against the flow but faster and easier down run.

Only bridge not completed is the one past Big Elbow Campground at 12 km? at start of hill.

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Whtye Attempt July 28

Got sick above rockband. Fever and stomach flu.

Went home.

Mount Shark Kananaskis Scramble July 21, 2018

Wietse and summit of Mount Shark Kananaskis scramble

Climbing up the downclimb on descent of Mount Shark ridge kananaskis

Cold windy day with a hangover and tired legs from 30 km last weekend.

Rode bikes to Lake. Easiest to leave bikes in trees versus going down to lake. Up to Karst springs. Best trail starts of righthand side of trail about 50-70m before end of pathway/springs.

Up through trees on convoluted trail but stick with it as it comes out right at ridge. Lots of deadfall.

Should stick directly on ridge crest but storm blew in with unbelievable strong cold winds and snow/graupel. so we reluctantly decided to bypass on the scree traverse.

Poor scrappy scree and worse ledges to climb back to ridge. not recommended.

About 1150 m with regain and 18 km and almost 9 hours with diversions and wasted time.

Need to come back and do this on a warm sunny calm day.

A lot of the pics are from Wietse – thankyou.

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Stuart Knob – Castle Mountain North Peak Scramble July 15, 2018

Stuart Knob Scramble Banff Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain from Castle Mountain North Peak, Banff

Stuart Knob and Castle mountain North – true summit.

Long walk – about 29 or 30 km and 1600+m and 12.5 hours with breaks.

Gained basin and across limestone pavement then cut right up scree through weakness in rockband(no trail currently?) to gain col/ridge between Helena and Stuart knob. See pics. Followed ridge to base of stuart summit and then left along base and ledges to bypass snow. Stuart has short scramble on back. Good views. Then along ridge to Castle North. Easy on dirt and then broken rock along RH side. Rolled some rocks to improve path which helped on way back. Much better viewpoint than Stuart – see pics.

Note on Castle – can bypass top of bump on left side above lake and cross lower plateau and up ramp on castle side. Shortens the walk and saves wasted elev gain.

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Fisher Peak Kananaskis Scramble N – NW Access to Col at Mid Ridge July, 2018

Fisher Peak Kananaskis NW Access July 2018

Fisher Peak Kananaskis NW Drainage Access – pic from Adrian Cornescian – thanks

Probably best access to the col in middle of the Fisher Peak Ridge. At Forks – follow left creek bed to past a scar on the right bank and follow a drainage up to the col.(see maps in Pics)

More creekbed but lower angle, easier travel up and down, no elevation loss over west ridge highpoint, and avoids a lot of rubble.

Collection of google Maps and pics from various trip reports off the internet. Thanks to whoever I got pics from.

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PICS from 2006 scramble

Summitpost TR

Kidd South Scramble Kananaskis July 1, 2018

Kidd South Scramble July 1, 2018 

With Kevin K

1525 m 14.5 km

4 snow storms slowed things down – climbed all the high points as couldn’t see anything.

The rubble on upper part is bad but there is a ok down trail along ridge and down drainage to west and then cut back to regular up drainage.

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Tangle Ridge June 27, 2018

Tangle ridge june 27, 2018

With Wietse and Kevin.  Some pics from Wietse – thanks

1200 m and 11.8 km.

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Victoria Peak Scramble June 13, 2018 Castle

Victoria Peak Scramble – Castle area

Victoria Peak Scramble – Wietse on crux over window.

Looking down at crux over window. I am near top of crux. Victoria Peak scramble castle area

Victoria Peak – 14.1 km 1094m   6.5 hrs RT  under 4 hrs up

Bike 2.7 km 130 m so 930 m up in 3 hrs 15 min

34% grade

Went west on ridge and down by brown scree and an avi bowl/path that had a trail.

Picked up a paleo quartzite knife/scraper.  see pics – some are Wietse’s and Kevin’s – Thanks

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Red Peak Kananaskis Scramble June 9, 2018

Ridge leading to Red Peak Kananaskis on left. Bogart off to right.

Scramble with Kevin Papke and group.

My GPS watch says 1060 m and 17.8 km RT.  Max 2780 m.   About  4.5 hrs up and 3 hrs out

Rain most of way in but cleared up a bit in afternoon.

Lost the trail on way up to pass  as went too high and off to left so took wrong grass strip up to pass.

Snow drifts on other side of pass so went up peak to left and went too high and across loose crap to col with red peak ridge. On way back took a level line across side hill loose crap to top of snow and then back down to pass.  Met a solo polish backpacker who had illusions about going to Ribbon Lake but too much steep and deep snow. Hope she turned around as rained and snowed at altitude last night and today.

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Wasootch Peak Mountain Scramble June 3, 2018

On Summit of Wasootch Peak – Skyline – Kananaskis Peak, Old Baldy and Fisher L to R

Sunday afternoon with Kevin K.

900 m 6.5 km RT

2hr 25 min up and 1 hr 35 min down.

Trail is much more established now.

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