"Waiparous Peak" (Unofficial)


Trip Details
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Trip Date: 
Saturday, March 25, 2017 to Sunday, March 26, 2017
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Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist
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The main difficulty is accessing the base of the peak via a myriad of OHV trails and overgrown cutlines.


Trip Report

After a long hiatus from peak bagging and pretty much any activity in the Rockies, other than resort skiing, I was more than ready to join Eric Coulthard on a front range adventure to scout out the Waiparous Creek area of the North Ghost Wilderness on the eastern edge of the Rockies in Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park, between Kananaskis to the south and Ya Ha Tinda to the north. Our original objective was the impressive Mount Davidson, a peak that isn't well documented and probably not visited that often due to the nature of its access. With avalanche danger ratings at considerable for both treeline and the alpine, we knew we weren't going to push it on snow slopes either.


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Great running commentary and photos!
I agree with the horde of OHV's and the Loonies who ride/drive them in that area and hope the ban will last for many years, giving the area time to heal from their wanton destruction and polluting ways!
Hope to do this same trip late this fall, thanks for sharing. (mahone77@hotmail.com)

It's too bad there are ignorant Albertans like Dan Melody in this great province. I have ridden (motorcycles) in Waiparous area for over 30+ years and will continue until the day I'm physically unable to any longer. Obviously the parking/camping areas are destroyed by many Hikers/Ranchers/Campers and yes OHV users, however to blindly believe that it is OHV users only doing this is nonsensical. This was such a great blog and I have ridden in some of these exactly spots for years, yet have always tread lightly...and clearly by the photos my 30+ years riding on those trails didn't impact the experiences by this hiker. this was a great read with great photos! Thanks for sharing.

Hey Mark, yeah in general I don't like "us vs. them" on hikers / OHV users. Why can't we ALL enjoy nature the way we want? I've seen pretty bad littering by hikers too. Everyone has a different point of view and we need to learn how to listen and understand each other rather than always assume everyone else is the a hole! :)

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