Prairie Mountain April 11, 2018

Prairie mountain – Kananaskis, Elbow Falls, Bragg Creek, training, microspikes, April 2018



Beautiful evening jaunt up prairie after work on one of the nice days.

Microspikes essential up and down -freezing by 8pm in shade.

Winter just will not give up.

Did some easy XC ski and snowshoeing around  at shaganappi golf course on one of the snowy days (sunday 8th)

Did Vents ridge with Pam on Sat April 14th


Prairie Mountain Mar 21, 2018

Wed after work with Kevin and Wietse – warm and sunny. Lots of people – maybe 30.

Microspikes up and down just went to top of trees due to time spent on dog search.

Mud up from road until in trees.

Ran into two girls who had lost dog and spent lots of time looking for this small dog.

They thought it had gone off north-east side in the deep snow but we could not find tracks except dear and probably bobcat.

Dog probably followed a scent off the South-west side of ridge which is sunny side – less snow with some grassy patches.

Steep – probably continued down to powderface trail and out to road.

Somebody(wardens?) told them to leave a fleece and shoes by side of road and it worked as dog was there on the fleece in the morning.

Glad it all worked out.

Dawson Hill March 3, 2018

Snowshoe attempt on an obscure bump with Dave S.

Started from Dawson Equestrian Pack lot. -10C and light snow. 5 – 10 inches of new.

Ploughed to there.  Note snowmobilers and snow bikers use this lot and go south of gate on road.

Snowshoed snow calf to thigh deep and bushwacked for 2.5 km and 190 m elev. until decided that this was taking too long.

3 Hour RT.


Prairie Mtn Feb 25, 2018

Microspikes up and down. Packed snow

Edge of the clouds – some sun and cold wind at top

7 km RT

714 m and 2:50 hrs

Off Beta blocker – back to higher HR – 156 Max, most 130-148

Legs not as heavy – getting better O2. Better pace.

McLean Hill Feb 10, 2018

Walk road then snowshoe up various trails and microspikes down.

About 10 kmRT and 420m with drops and regain.

Thought we followed Daffern route but not sure.

About 4 hrs RT

Lyon Mtn/Hill Dec 30, 2017

Lyon Mtn/hill snowing, -29C and windchill Dave, Alison, Wietse, Raff and me

Cold period over Christmas and Doc says no skiing this season so hiking.

Snowing, -29C and windchill(-40C)  No much margin for error

Walked but snowshoes would have worked – maybe better. Raf was on skis but not much base.

150m and 1 – 2 km?  short and fun.

Breakfast in Bragg Creek.

Pics    are Daves. Thanks

Sept 25 shoulder rotator cuff surgery

4hours – one attachment 100% torn so reattach with titanium screws and a graft.

Lots of rehab.

Some easy hiking in Nov – fullerton loop, diamond T loop, MacLean hill.

Gap Mountain, Kananaskis – Highwood September 9, 2017

Coming off Gap Mountain- pockets of larches starting to turn.

Careful Moderate down climb. This was exploratory – not necessary – not the crux.



About 770 m and 6.1 km RT.  Upper mountain – Actual scramble section is very short.

Kane crux has some small footholds and exposure but not hard.  Balance moves with exposure.

Rest of scramble has a couple of moderate moves but most could be avoided with route finding and connecting ledges.

Explored the Spirko route which may be easier but less traffic so more loose rock.


Some are Wietse's - thanks Note double click to get largest version or slideshow but lose comments

Mount Alderson, Waterton August 26, 2017

Longknife Peak in Glacier National Park – Akamina ridge in front

Descending Mount Alderson, Waterton

Good trail from Cameron Lake to col and down 50 m to start ridge on Alderson. Two easy downclimbs along ridge – reasonable trail and cairns.

About 21 km and 1250 m RT and 7 1/2 hrs at easy pace.


Lots are Wietse’s – thanks    Note double click to get largest pics and slideshow but lose comments/info.

Mount Daly, Yoho Scramble Aug 5, 2017

High on Mount Daly – descending – 7 hours into a 12 hour day. Yoho

Lower Niles meadows – good trail to right leads up to upper meadows. Yoho

Mount Daly Scramble Crux Yoho Park 2017 LH weakness Difficult and RH Moderate

Do not underestimate Mt Daly. There is no trail after Niles col and you sidehill down and across broken rock, snow and a small glacier. need to have crampons or microspikes to cross in morning or go down and around. The up past the pyramid is reasonably solid but the scree fan is steep loose dirt or hardpan with unstable broken quartzite rock.  We went to left to shorten slog but not pleasant.  The big ledge is good but does have one step over gap which is worse coming back as both sides are slanted.  Two ways up –first weakness(left) is difficult and second (right) is moderate with lots of loose rock on black ledges.  To access the RH weakness need to do the one long step over gap.
Broken Quartzite is terrible rolly scree and above the black ledges are large unstable blocky quartizte boulders most of way up to ridge. The rest of the way to first summit is just smaller broken rock but it never gets easy except for snow patches.

Second summit(North) may be same height or lower but does have cairn and register. Some M/D downclimbs and exposure on ridge.

We hiked into upper meadows ~ leisurely 4 hours and bivied – great tent spots on grass with running water.  Dave did Niles in < 2.5 RT(we had done it before)

Next day  – Sat did Daly and out – 12 hours.

Picked fri/sat partly based on smoke animation on Enviro Canada site as predicted north winds/flow and smoke was all cleared out for both days.

About 30 km RT and 1500 m – camp to Daly was 1070 m with loss and regain of 90 m and regain of 100 m on way out.

Pics most are Dave or Wietse – thanks