A good workout well worth the view of the lovely field just below the summit
Good outing with all types of weather mostly good. Patrick, Karin and myself to the summit. Lots of sheep
I hiked a steady, but not quick pace, stopped many times to take photos and consult the map, figured out routes on other Opals, had a big snack at the col, laid around the summit, checked the map, took a bunch of photos, marveled how cool The Wedge looked from this angle, had some lunch, slowly packed up.
Well even trying to be slow I was 2 hours and 30 minutes car to car. I probably spent over 45 minutes checking route descriptions, maps and taking photos. I was really surprised how short this scramble is.
On this sunny summer Sunday, this route was popular. We met 6 groups going up or down, and a small dog.
Saw a bear on the highway below the mountain, and marmots on the grassy meadow below the summit, but no sheep or deer.
The summit register is full.
This is an easy climb, though the Kane's book doesn't lie about taking the wrong way. The first time we did it we took the way discribed in the book as the wrong way to go. Though I did get alot of practise scrambling we didn't make it. The second time we took the right was a did it after work. Not as fun as the hard way, but it got us too the top. Some neat views from the top. Lots of goats too!!
Excellent short day out.. fine views all along the route. Will be back. Definately the easiest route in Kanes book. A hike really. But the scenery is worth it.
Didn't have my guidebook with me so I just followed a trail (with cairns up to a point) which curves around the base of the rocky walls, I was never more than 30 m away from the imposing vertical rock walls. This route didn't have any scrambling but it didn't seem easy to me due to the relentless steep hills cover with loose scree near the top. Took me 2:15 to get up and I was dead tired when I reached the summit. I guess doing Black Rock mtn yesterday didn't help. At least it was a warm day and I spent 40 mins at the summit and even took a little nap. Had the mtn all by myself...well not completly alone since I saw a young bighorn sheep. Coming down wasn't any easier either, the scree over rock was not ideal for running down and I slipped so many times. Luckily that only last a short while before gaining the trail again. Not a lot of traffic on this mtn, only ~10 pages of the summit registry filled up after the new centennial register was placed back on August 2005.
This is the easiest scramble in Kananaskis in Kanes book. Good one for the pet and/or kids. I took BJ (dog) up this day for some exercise. We enjoyed several sheep on the way up as this is a very grassy area. We also walked right past one of the neatest A-frame natural shallow caves I have ever seen, serving as a perfect shelter for sheep. Once on top, we enjoyed some neat clouds over the Haig Glacier Mountains and close up shots of Packenham and Evan Thomas mountains. Do move back west when spotting routes versus descending all the way down to the creek. Cheers.
Climbed this with my brother Greg on a Sunday afternoon. We saw two other groups heading down while we were heading up, otherwise we had the mountain to ourselves. It was such a beautiful day we took our time, taking a lot of pictures, exploring the ridge, and enjoying the phenominal views. We had very little wind, which made the day extra enjoyable! This trip can easily be done in 4-5 hours.