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Top 10 Mountains Every Calgarian Should Know, Canadian Rockies, Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore, Calgary

      Top 10 Mountains Every Calgarian Should Know Your friends or relatives have arrived and you want to show them the mountains.  Or you take a family drive and your kids are asking.  It helps to know some mountain names and some facts to make the drive to Banff/Lake Louise more interesting. It […]

Mount Odlum Kananaskis July 1, 2019

July 1, scramble with Dave, Wietse, and Kevin K. Nugara scramble – went up and down alternate descent as gully/ramp route to North looked too snowy and too much loose scree with big boulders. The alternate descent was an excellent way to go up with good trail into valley and up to Odlum col. Then  […]

Mount Field, Yoho Park June 25, 2019 Crux

Mount Field Yoho Park About 1400 m total and 17.6 km RT. 5 hrs up for me and 3 down We parked at Field info center and went across the road and found good well used shortcut trail (on grassy slope about 100 m East) to intersect the Burgess pass trail. This is shorter and […]

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 […]

Lusk Ridge South 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. Pics

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

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 […]

Sunshine AT ski – Wawa Dec 15, 2018

High avi hazard so just did SSV New skis and bindings – but skied like any stiff Volkl ski – maybe a bit light. 2 hrs 20 to base Wawa and 3 hrs to top trees ~ 800 m Carried all the backcountry gear and weight including 2 L water which slowed me down a […]

Little Lougheed Dec 8, 2018

Exercise workout. 5.8 km RT 795 m About 3 hours up 270 m/hr Bypass boulder field in trees on left on way down at about 1960 m and then cut back right to rejoin trail at 1820 m. Pics 

Cat Creek Hills October 27, 2018

Nice trip on a warm sunny day – hopefully not the last one. All the good pics are Wietse’s.  Thank you. 8.8 km 600 m net and 800 m gain RT 2.5 hr up 4.5 rt Pics

Hornecker October 14, 2018

  7.3 km  535 m 4.5 hrs Pics