Great experience on this Mountain. Took my two brother in laws up the NE ridge for there first climb.
And took my sister up the NE ridge cutting over below the alabaster dihedral and finishing on Sisyphus summits.
my first scramble, took my little brother and 11 year old cousin up there. They made it up so I'm proud of them.
July 20, 2006
almost two years after my first visit, I decided to do this in the evening for the view of canmore at night and the stars. It was a last minute decision so I dragged my not so little brother anymore up there. It was a hot day and it was calm and quite mild even at the summit. The view of canmore reminded me of seeing cities from an airplane at night, it was quite neat. The hike down with our headlamps in pitch black was more difficult than I thought it would be. We waited until 10:40 pm at the summit for the stars to come out but the sky was still too bright. When we reached the parking lot at 11:40 pm, we could see so many stars. Awesome sight of the stars and one of my best trips this year.
I've wanted to do this climb ever since I heard about it a couple of years ago. My climbing partner Cathy and I climbed the 21 pitch route (by linking them we got it down to 12) in eight hours. Thanks to slightly less than perfect weather (cooler temps and hail/granular snow) we were able to enjoy the route by ourselves. Climbing was mostly slab but there were a few exciting vertical/near vertical pitches (5.10d) to mix it up. Great route with excellent climbing and lots of exposure.
A busy trail any time of the year, Ha Ling is good for keeping in shape during the long winter. My first time was in August, second was in December, and third in April--all three scrambles proved to be enjoyable and challenging due to current conditions.
Because there is a lot of traffic on this trail, it can get pretty icy during the winter and spring. I often had to trudge through snowbanks on my way up because of ice on the trail (crampons sure would've been nice!). Coming down I did a lot of glissading and sliding, which was great fun!
The summit of Chinaman's Peak is very exposed, therefore very windy--especially in December=) As is true with any climb, don't let a warm day fool you into not being prepared for the weather on top.
I fall asleep to this mountain every night, framed in my bedroom window. I scramble the backside for exercise.
This entry is for the 5.6 -5.7 NE Buttress route. Cross over the damn above Canmore and work up the scree to the NE corner of Ha Ling. We made this in about 9 full pitches. Dave Edgar and I were speedy as usual and did the route in about 2.5 hours. We passed one party en route which made the day somewhat less dangerous. There are plenty of climbers and a lot of loose rock on Ha Ling.
We ran down the trail on the back side and experienced a new set of sheep twins on the way back to the truck. This is a good mountain to get up in the winter for conditioning. Views abound, but so are people.
I climbed this with a bunch of friends who were rather out of shape and "soft." I convinced them that it was really easy and that i even know some little children who have hiked it at age 6! But after we got to the top, they thought it was soooo hard. It was their first mountain though. We all made it, even though the trail was covered in very slippery ice the whole way to the top. It was a fun little afternoon trip.
Excellent half day of climbing. 11 fun pitches with just enough excitement in the middle sections. Many thanks to James Blench and J. D. Miller for making this possible. A fun 50th birthday climb. Cheers William
This should be a longer trip report, but it won't. Just finished a harrowing rappell descent from the crux pitch of Premature Ejaculation in the most impressive lightning storm I've ever been in. It arrived 4 hours earlier than it has the past 3 days, and we were caught. But we started at noon which could be a deadly habit if done regularly this time of year up here. Alas, that excitement only cost us 2 nuts and 6 slings and all the adrenaline that was available.
Awesome, well-protected climbing
Hiked and scrambled this peak as acclimitization / exercise in preparation for an expedition to Mt. Robson the following week. Fun, but steady, uphill hike, then scramble some over rocks to top. About 2 & 1/2 hours car to car including about 1/2 hour on top. Wonderful views over Bow Valley, Canmore, and, to the west, the Canadian Rockies.
Why did I scramble this mountain again? Didn't get very good pictures the first time around.
This must be one of the easiest scrambles out there. Nice view of Canmore.
A classic! well-protected with varied climbing and all at a moderate grade.
This was a great hike. I only had the morning free so it filled the bill. Great view and good lunch spot in the col.