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

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 […]

Victoria Peak Scramble June 13, 2018 Castle

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 – […]

Red Peak Kananaskis Scramble June 9, 2018

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 […]

Baldy North – Kananaskis May 6

  Baldy North – got going late so hot and legs  tired from skiing sat. 755 m – 5.3 km, 2.5 hrs up. Dry all the way, ridge to South looked snowy, downclimb still wet. Baldy South to west ridge looked very snowy. Pics

Gap Mountain, Kananaskis – Highwood September 9, 2017

    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 […]

Mount Alderson, Waterton August 26, 2017

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. Pictures Lots are Wietse’s – thanks    Note double click to get largest pics and […]

Mount Daly, Yoho Scramble Aug 5, 2017

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 […]

Fox July 26, 2017

Difficult scramble – Ridge route from Kane book.  Took bike ~5 km to AB/BC border. Hike good trail to frozen lake then right around lake past/beneath  a rock wall, then angled up black dirt to ridge. Some trail.  Ridge was very loose in places and down was as hard as up as needed to concentrate. […]

The Turret July 1, 2017

Turret by bushwack Kane route direct from the Lake.  about 9-10 km RT  900m 4 hr up – all off trail bushwack and 3 hr down Pics  

Ptarmigan Peak, Lake Louise, Banff Park June 24, 2017

Bike, hike and alpine snow climb on a good overnight freeze. About 1400 m and 21 km. The down climb to notch was exposed. See pics. Pics