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.