I set out from my front porch with the lofty goal of reaching the summit ridge of Mount Lady Macdonald. The approach trail was decently trodden until the upper boulder field, however strong winds brought deep snow down the mountain, and eliminated any trace of a trail the remainder of the way up to the […]Read more "Lady Macdonald #2"
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 […]Read more "Wind Ridge"
That name will get your attention. For the record, I would be in favour of renaming this peak for numerous reasons, but it is what it is. The final summit block is what captivated me, as it looks so impossible to surmount from the valley floor. I started out at 9am, and immediately compared notes […]Read more "Squaw’s Tit"
With temperatures in the mid-twenties celsius, light winds, and clear skies, the conditions were perfect. I decided not to use the car, and walked to the Cougar Creek trailhead leading to the Lady Macdonald trail. Most of this scramble is a hike. The trail is in excellent condition up to the helipad. A worthwhile destination […]Read more "Mount Lady Macdonald"
After moving to Canmore from Montreal less than a week ago, I decided to stretch my legs on Mount Yamnuska. A popular climbing spot and great early season conditioning hike, my route followed the climbers access path to the base of impressive cliffs, then gained the eastern ridge before traversing the backside of the mountain. […]Read more "Traverse of Mount Yamnuska"
Weather forecasting is a subtle art in the mountains; often it is incorrect. While the forecast for this day called for 10-15mm of precipitation, with the chance of a thunderstorm in the late afternoon, it turned out to be quite wonderful. After a morning of work in the studio, I decided to make the quick […]Read more "Heart Mountain"
I recently scrambled up both ends of Mount Rundle for a video project I am working on. I began with the east end of Rundle (EEOR) on July 23rd, and then the true summit on July 27th. A wicked storm came in quickly while I was on EEOR, however I managed to make it safely […]Read more "Rundle on both ends"