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Windy Peak and Saddle Peaks, Kananaskis, Mount Livingstone Natural area, June 18, 2019

North and South Saddle Peaks, Mount Livingstone Natural Area, June 18, 2019

 

Windy Peak and Saddle Peaks Direct vs over Windy Hills

Trying to avoid the rain and we got lucky as storms went either side of us.

Most people go over Windy Hills but we decided to go direct as per South Leg of 75A route in Daffern Volume 5 and gain North end of ridge to Windy Peak.

See map and two labelled approach pics to keep you out of the swampy wet areas or go in fall.

There is about 360 m to top of Windy peak and about a 180 m drop to col with Saddle peak ridge and then 225 to top of saddle and about 50 m drop and regain between the two peaks of Saddle.

Total trip gain and regain was close to 950 m and 16 km.

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Midnight Peak Kananaskis June 15, 2019

Midnight Peak West ridge June 15, 2019

Went up Baldy Pass trail for a bit then across dry creekbed and went up a steep but relatively open treed ridge to gain west ridge. Followed over several rocky bumps to treeline and then followed ridge to summit. Some trail and followed trail around the one downclimb.  Went down same ridge and had some troubles following trails in trees but came out on the Baldy pass trail and out.

About 970 m and 10 km RT.

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Little Lougheed June 12

After work Wed special 750 m 6 km. 2 hours 20 min up in heat and 1 hr 10 down

Trail now goes up around RH side of rock field all the way in the trees and generally keeps to the edge of ridge above rock field/dip.

Trail is a bit messed up/ripped up through the broken rock at top.

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Sulphur Mountain, Banff June 1, 2019

Sulphur Mountain Banff June 1, 2019

Smoke has been an issue so picked this based on smoke maps, rain on gondola cams and recent report on FB. Worked great as no smoke and great day.

Arrived early ~ 830 so parking fine. About 670 m to gondola – very little mud at top couple of the 27? switches.

Good trail to peak 1. Best to scramble up rock and go over top versus ledge route across and down as poor trails up through trees to regain ridge around  two more bumps of peak 1.

Peak 2 also has two bumps with a few Moderate moves on rock to get to top of highest South bump.

Drop into trees and over minor bump on way to Peak 3 which is labelled as Summit on maps and has highest contours.

There is a peak 4 which looks lower. My GPS watch recorded 2226 at gondola pad on way up and 2245 m on way down so warmer temperature and lower pressure caused drift of 19 m over the 4 hours which offsets the report from other hikers that peak 4 was 3 m higher on their watch.  See a marked up pic from summit where Dave’s camera lens visually lined up a sub peak (30 m away) near summit that was roughly level with peak 4 but was 3 to 4 m below peak 3 summit.

Total gain and  regain was 1250 to 1320 m depending on viewranger or garmin watch and 16.4 km.

Great day out with good friends.

Well worth doing as we wait on higher things to clean up.

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Vents Ridge Loop May 26, 2019

With Toffee – wet but below snow line. Sunny.

About 2 km and 300 m to top and went down North side to creek. a bit wet, muddy and slippery with a dog on a lesh on one hand.

Crossed on an ice bridge but there was a log.

Full trip is about 6 km and 480 m.

No ticks.

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Lusk Ridge South May 19, 2019

Lusk Ridge S May 19, 2019

7.5 km 500 m Mostly snow free with some ankle deep in trees along ridge.

Started up Lusk trail and then crossed logging road where flagged. followed orange or pink flagging for most of trip.

Walked back on road.

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Pinto Mountain, Columbia Valley, Invermere, May 10, 2019

Pinto Mountain Invermere columbia valley May 10, 2019 Regular route is left bowl and ridge but too much snow on trail in trees/valley so we went up early onto SW ridge which is right skyline.

Invermere Area Conditions + 25 C in valley – tried Pinto Mountain Friday May 10 but snow in trees at 1650 m and waist deep at 2350 m. Two to 3 weeks too early. Heavily used Elk and Sheep area but only 1 tick maybe because of lots of small birds.

Regular route is left bowl(NW) and ridge but too much snow on trail in trees/valley so we went up early up a steep avi path on debris and then grass/mud and onto SW ridge which is right skyline.

Finding trailhead a bit hard. Take Bernais road left off mine road and stick to most traveled route ate each intersection. Sometime faded pink ribbon and one orange diamond marker. At final cutblock/parking is a hike sign for Pinto mountain. Trail is high clearance right now.

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SSV Downhill May 4, 2019

Downhill day with Wietse and Vern. 7100m

Prairie Mountain April 22, 2019

Prairie Mountain – Crazy selfie with struggling dog, wind and new phone.

Monday day off after easter.

Training day with daughters dog – Toffee. How does that saying go? Cutest ugly dog? Pekingese/Chihuahua

Leisurely walk up in 1 hour 30 min which is ok for 700 m with a 15 month old dog with 8 inch legs on its first ever hike in mountains.

Also went down the road the 200 m to start and went up the SW ridge versus straight up from the ditch.

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SSV – Down hill April 13, 2019

New snow – great day.