Good long outing on the west ridge. Backed off at the right time as thunderstorms hit camp 30 min after we got back. Bit more than a scramble on the upper sections. But a great day outside. That bushwhack to and from the glacier wont live long in the memory. Donated blood to the many horse flies in the area.
ACC trip. Third Canadian Rockies 11,000'er (summited five 11,000'ers in 1994).
Got to within 1000 feet of the summit but I was taking too long. Wonderful area and mountain to be on. Good 2-day outing.
Solo Ascent. On July 14th I got a last minute wild hair to climb Sir Douglas. I knew this mountain had a reputation for staying out of condition most of the year. However, Joffre was still freezing 4 days earlier so I gave it a go. This mountain is 2nd only to Assiniboine in terms of being able to quickly identify it when peak bagging in the Kananaskis region of the Canadian Rockies. THIS IS NOT A SCRAMBLE! You have some serious ice fall on this west ridge route as you ascend and descend a glacier to the ridge. I do find this a good solo however, because of minimal crevasse danger, but it is still a gamble as it always is. I posted a trip report on this page for more detailed information.
I was the first to sign the register in 2004 and that comes as no surprise. Sir Douglas' reputation for bad rock is well earned. At 9:AM, this was one of the quietest and scenic summits I have ever achieved.
Hiked in Saturday. Climbed route and hiked out Sunday. A bit loose, but great views from on top