Not much to say here! This is a good hike to take the family on - including the family dog! ;-) It's only 700 meters of height gain and you can probably go up any time of the year. Hey! I'm not fussy, I take the hard peaks so I guess I'll take this one too. It was a good 3 hours on my own on a beautiful day. Hard to complain about that.
On my last week off in the first week of October I decided to try a scramble in the fresh snow that the front ranges got. I don't have a lot of Kananaskis front range peaks left to do so I looked in Andrew's book for ideas. I settled on the last part of the "big traverse" that I had left - Old Baldy Mountain (GR356417 or McDougall NW2) and Mount McDougall.
On October 30 2010 I decided to get up early and try to get some sunrise pictures from Wedge Pond. Of course I also had an idea that maybe I could whip up and down a peak while I was out there anyway... ;-) I had to be back in Calgary early so that's why I had to 'whip' up and down rather than 'stroll'.
Driving out to Wedge Pond I realized two things;
After struggling up Old Baldy in more snow than I was expecting I started the traverse over to McDougall - against my own better judgment I should hastily add! The ridge looked fairly straight forward but the amount of snow combined with the total elevation gain wasn't looking attractive.
The section of ridge between the summit of Nihahi and Compression is some of the best scrambling I've done in a while. It's also longer than it first appears (big surprise). With dark clouds threatening to rain on our parade we kept up the blistering pace and soon we were at the crux rock fin.