Trip Ideas/Plans/Tick List

Lists of trips I have not done yet or may do over.  I really enjoy new mountains/routes and experiences.  The mental exercise of figuring out the route or puzzle is rewarding.  The mystery of the unknown gives a trip the extra appeal although I also enjoy repeating most  mountains as every trip is unique.  Different people, conditions, time of year, weather, fast/slow, more knowledge, different perspective, etc.  Trips are not just a physical challenge for me but also a mental experience so they should be enjoyed on many levels versus the physical workout or how fast they can be done.  Every mountain and route has its own appeal and sometimes the research and planning can be almost as much fun as the doing.  Not as focused on lists as I was when younger.   I am more interested in doing things that are  challenging, interesting or just plain fun versus slogging up something because it is on a list.

Every one needs a certain amount of challenge, adversity, adventure and excitement in their lives. It adds purpose and meaning.  The level of challenge is the quintessential question – it can feel good to get turned back as that raises the value of the activity. A climb can be boring or feel cheap if things go too easily. Of course lots of good challenges and some of the best quality suffering can be found in the Canadian Rockies.

Climbing trips are contrived adventure as there is often easier ways up mountains or they can be done in easier conditions. Many trips are truly “Expeditions to Nowhere” but they fulfil some base need in us.

I like this quote from Wolfgang Schaub(65) who is currently the first person to climb all 49 highpoints in Europe ” Later in your life, when you are getting older and worn out, you will discover the pleasures of nonsense. Climbing is applied nonsense. And a nice, attractive form. I just explore the spectrum to its fullest.”

 

Some climbing trip ideas – this list is always growing despite how many peaks I climb.  Mountain ranges outside of the Rockies are of interest but time/life restrictions limit trips.

Canada – Rockies/BC

 

Rock climbs/ridges

 

  1. Mount Bell NE ridge 5.3/5.4
  2. Edith Cavell NE ridge 5.3
  3. Sir Donald ridge 5.5 (did half )and Uto and Tupper
  4. Bugaboos Pigeon Spire
  5. Bugaboo Spire
  6. Castle Tower 5.4
  7. Louis – Kain 5.6 or Gmoser 5.8
  8. Ha ling Buttress  5.6  – but would do again
  9. Yam – Red shirt 5.7
  10. Joy  5.5
  11. Goat traverse – although will do again either way 5.3
  12. Edith S – ridge – 5.4 could do over
  13. Wasootch Tower 5.4
  14. Mothers day Buttress

 

Alpine

 

  1. Athabasca N Face
  2. Stanley N face
  3. Robson – attempted SW side – would do either side.
  4. Andromeda –  ski backside maybe skyladder
  5. Lefroy
  6. Victoria and Huber
  7. N Vic
  8. Fay N face – have done sw side

 

Alpine – maybes

 

  1. Sir Douglas N Face
  2. Forbes
  3. Sir Sanford
  4. Wooley/Diadiam
  5. Harrison couloir
  6. King George
  7. Could do Aberdeen again
  8. Silverhorn

Ski Trips – interested in almost anything in Chic Scott’s books – repeats are worth doing as conditions are always different and there are not that many trips to do.

Scrambling – lists of what I have not done – not necessarily interested in doing them all as some are suffer fests – scree -bushwacks etc that may not be worth it.  May be more interested in repeats of favorites.

Kane Scrambles – haven’t done –  * means interested.

 

Smith Dorien

  1. Nestor – M   – ski
  2. Tower – M
  3. Gusty – E
  4. Shark – M  *
  5. Murray/Cegnefs – M 
  6. Commonwealth

 

Elbow/Kananaskis

  1. Cornwall – ski*
  2. Could do the Glasgow N ridge –Banded  short loop route – have done Glasgow and Banded
  3. Cougar – M – bike
  4. Opal  – M
  5. Kidd South  E
  6. Lawson – M
  7. Gap –  M
  8. Tomstone S – M
  9. Hood – M

 

Kananaskis Lakes

  1. Warspite – D  
  2. Northover – D  *
  3. Sarrail – E – ski?
  4. Warrior – E 
  5. Cordonnier
  6. Waka Nambe*
  7. Fox – D  *

Highwood

  1. Pocaterra – M – maybe up and back over Tyrwhit
  2. Storm – M  

Canmore – done – but regularly do repeats.

 

Banff

 

  1. Pilot – D
  2. Brett – D
  3. Copper – M
  4. Stuart Knob – M  ski?
  5. Helena Ridge – E  ski?
  6. Television Peak – E ski?
  7. Whymper – M
  8. Storm – M   Ski
  9. Ball/Beatrice  – Alpine route
  10. Stanley – Alpine route
  11. Isabelle – D

Lake Louise

 

  1. Bell  – alpine ridge
  2. Whyte – D  *
  3. Sheol – M
  4. Panorama Ridge – E

 

Skoki

 

1. Ptarmigan – M   – SKI

2. Redoubt – D  – shortcut route – 8 hrs  *

3. Skoki – E

4. Oyster – M

5. Brachiopod – E

6. Anthozoan – E

Field/Yoho

  1. Burgess and Walcott
  2. Field -done but want to ski east side
  3. Bosworth
  4. Yukness
  5. Niles
  6. Daly – ski trip
  7. Isolated/whaleback – yoho trip
  8. Kerr – yoho
  9. Kwetinok- yoho
  10. Emerald ski slide path
    Pollinger- yoho

     

    McArthur- yoho

    Icefields Parkway

     

  1. L. Hector
  2. Mount Andromache & unnamed – but maybe ski down North glacier
  3. Weed – early season on snow
  4. Chephren – alpine route
  5. Sarbach
  6. Coleman – ski?
  7. Nigel
  8. Wilcox
  9. Tangle ridge – ski
  10. Sunwapta – ski

Waterton

Crowsnest

  1. Turtle
  2. Tecumseh
  3. Sentry
  4. Window
  5. Allison

Jasper

Andrews Book – Ribbon , wind Mtn, Old Goat, etc.

Other – Fisher(BC), Nelson, etc.

USA – Grand Teton, Rainier, Devil’s Tower, Whitney, etc.