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The first part of the south ridge is easy.

Morrison, Mount

Ever since skiing Mount Turner (Morrison’s slightly higher neighbor to the north) in April of 2017 my stoke for Mount Morrison had increased ten-fold. When Phil texted me and mentioned that he was going to attempt a long-planned traverse over Mount Morrison to Owl Lake I was intrigued.

Packenham Junior

Summit Elevation (m): 2250Round Trip Time (hr): 2.5Total Trip Distance (km): 3.5Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – You fall, you sprain your wristDifficulty Notes:  Easy scrambling / off trail hiking involves some very steep, grassy slopes and some scree near the summit.GPS Track Download: Download GPX File (right-click, save-as)Technical Rating: SC5; YDS (Hiking) Since…

Denny, Mount

Summit Elevation (m): 3000Elevation Gain (m): 1350Round Trip Time (hr): 7.5Total Trip Distance (km): 12.5Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3 – you fall, you break your legDifficulty Notes: Routefinding will dictate whether this scramble is class 3 or 4. We took the ridge to the summit which is very exposed but avoidable. GPS Track Download: Download GPX File…

Ochre Spring Peak

Summit Elevation (m): 2777Elevation Gain (m): 1350Round Trip Time (hr): 6Total Trip Distance (km): 13.5Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 1 – you fall, you’re stupidDifficulty Notes: An off-trail hike, barely a scramble at all. Some steep scree / dinner plate near the summit ridge.  GPS Track Download: Download GPX File (right-click, save-as)Technical Rating: SC5; YDS (Hiking) Saturday, June 2 2018…

Lightning Peak (Bolt)

Summit Elevation (m): 2477Elevation Gain (m): 1300Round Trip Time (hr): 7.25Total Trip Distance (km): 21Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain your wristDifficulty Notes:  No major difficulties to Lightning Peak, mostly hiking or easy scrambling. “Bolt” peaks had some moderate terrain from the first to the second peak. GPS Track Download: Download GPX File (right-click, save-as)Technical…

Orient Point

Summit Elevation (m): 2636Elevation Gain (m): 1250Round Trip Time (hr): 9.5Total Trip Distance (km): 23Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3 – you fall, you break your legDifficulty Notes: Circuitous approach route, feels long for a front range peak. Some complex routefinding on alternate descent. Moderate exposure to the summit. GPS Track Download: Download GPX File (right-click, save-as)Technical Rating: SC6; YDS (3rd)…

Porcupine Loop, The (Ridge, Tower, Crown, Boundary, Midday, Midnight)

Summit Elevation (m): 2340Elevation Gain (m): 1700Round Trip Time (hr): 10.5Total Trip Distance (km): 21Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3 – you fall, you break your legDifficulty Notes: A long traverse with moderate scrambling on the northeast ridge of Midday – definitely easy to upclimb than downclimb. GPS Track Download: Download GPX File (right-click, save-as)Technical Rating: SC6; YDS (3rd) On Saturday,…

Cougar Peak (Canmore)

Summit Elevation (m): 2643Elevation Gain (m): 1300Round Trip Time (hr): 8Total Trip Distance (km): 18.5Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3 – you fall, you break your legDifficulty Notes: No real difficulties for seasoned scramblers. Beginners could find some sections a bit exposed or loose. Very different with snow – avalanche terrain and exposure. GPS Track Download: Download GPX File (right-click, save-as)Technical…

Stony Ridge (StonyCat)

Summit Elevation (m): 2213Elevation Gain (m): 725Round Trip Time (hr): 5.5Total Trip Distance (km): 11.8Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain your wristDifficulty Notes: There is some very easy scrambling on the upper route – most of it avoidable. This is mainly a hike. Technical Rating: OT4; YDS (Hiking) Hanneke had a rare opportunity to join…

Rhondda, Mount

Summit Elevation (m): 3015Elevation Gain (m): 1200Round Trip Time (hr): 7.5Total Trip Distance (km): 26Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3 – you fall, you sprain your wristDifficulty Notes: Glacier route includes crevasse issues and steep snow slopes. Don’t minimize these risks and learn how to manage them before attempting this trip. GPS Track Download: Download GPX File (right-click, save-as)Technical Rating:…

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