On September 3 2005 I dragged my brother, Rod and two of my cousins, Tony and Jon up and around the Hawkins Horseshoe in Waterton National Park. It was a clear but extremely windy day. I must admit that all of them performed admirably, especially my brother who was on about 2 hours of sleep due to a screwed up Air Canada flight.
I have to be honest about this scramble. Although it was a clear day I didn't think that this was the best scramble I've ever done. The views were outstanding all day but the wind was so strong that we couldn't even talk to each other without yelling at the top of our voices. The roaring sound in my ears wasn't too pleasant after 3 hours either! The scrambling isn't too technical either so you don't have that to distract you from the never ending series of 'bumps' on the ridge.
That being said I do recommend doing these three peaks in the same go. Blakiston is quite the trudge but if you look you can find some interesting scramble bits. Near the top of the scree slope there is a trail right up through the cliff face that is moderate hands-on scrambling. That was the best part for me all day! After signing the summit register, we continued on the ridge towards Hawkins and Lineham peaks.
[Taking the Lineham Lakes trail in to Mount Blakiston. (Picture courtesy Jon Dewit)]
[A view of Mount Lineham from the ascent slopes of Blakiston where we would end up about 6 hours later.]
[Lineham falls from the avalanche gully on Blakiston.]
[Rod coming up the upper part of Blakiston.]
[Rod and Jon negotiating the moderate scrambling crux on Blakiston.]
[Summit of Mount Blakiston.]