Wind Ridge

I did this outing as a trail run back in July, and quite enjoyed it. There are some detours and route finding involved in the lower section since the 2013 floods, but the terrain is interesting once you begin to gain elevation. The snow keeps pounding the Bow Valley, and this little leg stretcher involved the perfect amount of energy for not much of a view. It should be stated that the view is actually pretty good on a clear day! One minor oversight was that I left my microspikes / crampons in the car. The rock step that needs to be surmounted in order to reach the highpoint was slick on the ascent, and somewhat dangerous on the way down.

01_wind_ridge_ge
The route to Wind Ridge
02_wind_bridge
A recently constructed bridge helps avoid an area damaged by the 2013 flood
03_downfall
Downfall along the creek bed remains as evidence of the flood
04_hole
The trail passes neatly through this tunnel
05_enchanted_forest
The conditions were magical on the way up
06_cougar_bear
No cougars sighted on Wind Ridge today
07_blizzard
Conditions deteriorated significantly once above treeline
08_wind_ridge
Looking across a gully towards the highpoint of the ridge
09_high_point
The ridge continued, but I turned around at this point, since it was clear the view would not improve
10_looking_back
Looking back at the hump where one attains the ridge
11_sketchy
I was feeling pretty nervous about descending the icy rock band without crampons
12_downclimb
I tossed my snowshoes and poles down, and it wasn’t that bad after all
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