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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


SSV – Down hill April 13, 2019

New snow – great day.

Jack Knife Butte April 6, 2019 Bob Creek Wildlands

Jack Knife Butte – high point to right of center.  Bob creek Wildlands

From Jack Knife Butte in Bob Creek Wildlands looking south. Grassy ascent ridge to left.

Jack Knife Butte – Great trip- good ridge walking with only a little Mid calf snow in some treed areas. Sunny with great views although windy. Went across Camp Creek on an ice bridge that may not last much longer. Some snow/mud on trails from Bob Creek staging area to camp creek. No ATV’s in area until May 1 but did see some trail riders in the valleys.

19.5 km and 960m total gain.

Dave’s comments – With the forecast for the mountain regions rather blustery for April 6th, Bill Kerr and I deferred to the front range foothills, where the forecast called for no precipitation. We got lucky and did a sweet ridge walk in the Bob Creek Wildland Provincial Park. 19 kms, 6.5 hrs, 950 m vert and a highpoint SW of Jack Knife Coulee (we’ll call it then “Jack Knife Butte”). It was rather windy most of the day (gusting to well over 100 kms/hr) and we also saw the evidence of a same day cougar/deer interaction that likely did not end well for the deer. The Bob Creek area is sandwiched in between the Whaleback and the Oldman River and has endless kms of ridges for hiking.


March 2019

Downhill ski at SSV and LL

Play hockey every Sunday

Prairie Mountain

Workout 2-3 /week



Blanket Feb 22 to 26th, 2019

Blanket Mountain and Caribou Ridge from  the Blanket Glacier Chalet Feb, 2019

My 26th time and not my best showing.  Definitely felt the lack of skiing from missing all last year due to shoulder surgery and no hockey for 3.5 years(used to play 3 x week.)  Lower snow year and much colder than normal so not as much fun or motivation. Conditions were still good so did some great skiing but mentally tired from working evenings and weekends.  A few nagging injuries, lack of energy and the cold weather of the last 2 months also cut into ski training so not as prepared as I wanted.

Overall turned into a very good relaxing time and cleared my head a bit.