On a early (0430) August 6 2005 morning, I joined Dave Stephens and Blair Piggot on a full day trip to scramble Mount Smuts and The Fist in Kananaskis Country. Blair and Dave do a lot of mountaineering and climbing trips together and every once in a while Dave manages to sucker Blair into a scramble.
On Saturday, May 15 I was joined by Wietse and Sonny on a bit of an exploratory trip in the Livingstone range in Kananaskis Country. We drove up an old logging road (start @N 50 5.522, W 114 25.942) with the intent of parking somewhere between Sheep Mountain and Horseshoe Ridge and bagging both summits from the parking area at the pass.
After hiking Hailstone Butte in a gale force wind (or 'Mach 2' wind as Gillean Daffern would put it) Wietse and I decided we would try to at least make our way to the bottom slopes of Sentinel Peak if nothing else to get some exercise and figure out the route.
If you're doing Sarrail as a day trip from the Upper Kananaskis Parking lot, you are in for a fairly long day. The hiking and scrambling are fairly easy though, so it's doable for fit and fast parties. We did this trip on our way into the Aster Lake area for a few days of peak bagging the Kane peaks.
On Sunday, November 18 2012 I joined Bill Kerr, Dave Salahub and Kevin Papke on a snow slog up an unnamed peak to the south of Isola. Dave decided to call the peak "S.O. Isola or Monola" in order to satisfy Kev's requirement of an 'official' summit. (Since then the peak has been named a more fitting name, Monola, due to it's location between Isola and Monad Peaks.)
Hanneke and I always look forward to the days that we get together in the hills. This one was a double bonus because we shipped the kids off on Friday night and attended a Christmas party! As you can see it was a very nice morning.
Rawson Lake is the perfect half day hike localed in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park near the Upper Kananaskis Lake - or whole day if you have little ones or want to explore the terrain around the lake.
Sean and I left Calgary around 8am for a late start up Mt. Rae on a sunny July Saturday morning. Originally we were going to climb Mt. Chester but since that entailed a very dusty ride down the Spray Lakes road and I had just hand-washed the beast I decided to use a shallow excuse to climb a mountain that has piqued my interest for a while already.
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.