Spoon Needle Kananaskis Scramble from Galatea Trail Oct 8, 2021

Spoon Needle Kananaskis Crux between summits October 8, 2021
Fortress Mountain Kananaskis

Plan D was Spoon Needle from Galatea park lot. about 800 m and 8 km RT.

Just before cross 4 th bridge turn left and follow trail along side of stream and up into trees on a bench. Some flagging and elk trails lead up ridge parallel to stream. The Elk trails bypass a steep cliff band with mossy ledges which saves time. After past cliffs, cut back left to regain ridge crest and follow trails and cairns. Some open areas along west side but stay close to crest for easiest travel. See MAP track in pics.

North summit is a walk but ridge narrows to knife edge before South Summit(highest). Knife edge is low 5th class but very exposed.

Knife edge can be bypassed on East on down sloping ledges. then up a gully and some steeper face climbing along ridge crest to get to summit.

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Sarrail Ridge Highpoint Scramble Sept 18, 2021 AKA Rawson Lake Ridge

Sarrail Ridge above Rawson Lake – Pic by Rupinder Singh
Sarrail Ridge – scrambling out of groove – pic by Rupinder Singh

THIS IS NOT A HIKE! IT IS A CLASS 3 or 4 SCRAMBLE/CLIMB

The Normal Sarrail Ridge Hike attains the ridge at the col and stops before this steep face. This ridge is also known as Rawson Lake Ridge. This ridge is not to be confused with the ascent ridge for Mount Sarrail which is accessed from the trail into Aster Lake.

Rainy and snowy day so plan C was hike Rawson Lake and Sarrail ridge and scramble up and over the highpoint and down the other side back to the lake outlet and trail. Fun but wet trip with a short moderate scramble with careful route finding. Steep loose face with Exposure so use low angle ramps to access base of a groove beside a rectangular block. Up groove (moderate scramble – Class 3 with exposure) and then move right onto easier ledges. Up and right to base of a left ramp and then up to top.

924 m and 11.3 km RT as it was shorter to follow ridge down to lake outlet. Easy but steep travel down through trees back to lake outlet and trail. Some deadfall but good game trails.

Some video and marked pics. The pics and video of us scrambling on the face and on top were taken by Rupinder Singh. Thank you.

Pics Second click on a pic for largest size but loose comments.

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Nahahi Ridge Sept 16, 2021

Stu on South End of Nahahi Ridge

Sunny Thursday hike with Stu.

840 m and 12.8 km RT

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Etherington Ridge Sept 6, 2021

Short day scramble practice in Kananaskis with Kevin.

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Kent South Aug 21, 2021

Short day with Kevin and Roy.

Wet in the trees most of way with some path.

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Iceline Yoho Hike Aug 15, 2021

21.5 km and 1000 m – relaxed 7.5 hrs. Good exercise but missed a lot of the views due to smoke. Glacier has receeded a fair bit since mid 80’s.

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Storm Mountain Kananaskis Scramble Aug 10th

80+ kmph wind gusts stopped us right near the top. We were blown over and the flying gravel was unpleasant. 1000 m

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Spoon Needle Scramble attempt July 22nd

Spoon Needle attempt from Galatea trail. Started too late in day

Started just after 3rd or 4th bridge.

Some flagging but mainly bush wacking on a random track. There is one steep headwall in the trees. Did 365 m and 4.6 km RT.

Spoon Needle successful trip in Oct

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Powderface East summit July 20, 2021

More hikes for charity

600 m and 5.5 km RT

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Tower of Babel Banff Scramble July 1, 2021

Canada Day on Tower of Babel, Moraine Lake

Scramble with Kevin K and Stu.

About 6 km and 550 m

The rock is Quartzite so harder and breaks into blocks and rectangles so not as stable in piles versus limestone and shale. Very slippery when wet. Trail not much better or maybe worse than 20 years ago.

Well worth finding the UP Trail in drainage to right of trees and the scree fan which takes you to the RH corner of gully. Off trail stuff is ugly, very loose and dangerous and do not punish yourself with trying to go up the scree down trails. Do not be below others as head sized quartzite boulders can come down. Last time we went up left side which looked to still have an ok dirt trail but the RH ledges had some good trails and much better hands on scrambling on steps and we were out of the line of fire/off fall line. Helmets mandatory.

On way down we stayed on skiers LH side and on the little ledge systems/steps we went up on. We even followed some ledges and trails left off into the trees which was good. Dropped out right near the bottom of the gully and then went out into the center of gully and slid down a line of good scree most of the way down the fan. then follow a trail down to consolation lakes trail and out.

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