Mount Baldy

As the weather shaped up to be even hotter than yesterday, I decided to do something nearby and quick. Mount Baldy, near Barrier Lake in Kananaskis fit the bill. A moderate scramble with some exposure on an exciting ridge offers enough entertainment, but the round trip only took me 3 hours and 45 minutes. I was back at home sipping a beer by 1pm!

01_baldy_route
The route starts at a gravel pullout 1.6km south of the Barrier Lake picnic area (at the south end of Barrier Lake)
02_initial_view
Views open up nearly immediately over Barrier Lake
03_baldy_ridge
About halfway to the top the route branches left out of the trees and on to the ridge
04_baldy_crux
Shortly after achieving the ridge, you are faced with an exposed down climb (the crux)
05_flintstones
Flintstones sofa and fire pit en route to the summit
06_gendarme
I ascended directly up the gendarme. The holds are good through a crack in the slab, but it can feel intimidating without a rope. I opted to detour around the gendarme on descent.
07_upper_baldy
Above the gendarme, the way is fairly straightforward to the summit
08_wild_rose
Common Wild Rose (rosa woodsii)
09_barrier_lake
Summit view overlooking the north part of Barrier Lake (looking East)
10_summit_view
Another view from the summit, looking west towards Nakiska ski area
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