Mount Galwey

October 2, 2020. Scrambling on one of Waterton’s most exciting and accessible peaks. Region: Waterton Lakes National Park. Traditional Territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina and Ktunaxa First Nations Distance: 6 km round-trip Total Ascent: 960 m Elevation of Objective: 2367 m Total Time: 4h 2m The last time I climbed Mount Galwey, I carried […]

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Mount Tecumseh Attempt 2

September 26, 2020. My return to Mount Tecumseh, where I again turned back on the summit ridge – this time due to snow and ice. See my prior post for route details. Colleagues from work invited me along for this trip, so my return to the mountain was much sooner than I had anticipated. This […]

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St. Eloi Mountain

September 11, 2020. Straightforward scrambling to a summit on the Continental Divide. Region: Castle Wilderness. Traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina, and Ktunaxa First Nations Distance: ~13.5 km round-trip (my 3 tracking programs varied wildly on this: 12.6 km, 13.3 km and 14.9 km) Total Ascent: 1414 m Elevation of Objective: 2500 m Total […]

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Mount Tecumseh Attempt

August 27, 2020. Late summer scrambling on the Alberta/BC border. Region: Crowsnest Pass. Traditional territory of the Blackfoot and Ktunaxa First Nations Elevation of Objective: 2549 m Total Ascent: 1500 m due to my wandering off course. Accounts of uncomplicated ascents put it at 1100-1200 m Distance: 16.1 km due to my wandering off course. […]

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Spread Eagle Mountain (Mount Roche)

August 23, 2020. A scramble to the summit of Spread Eagle Mountain and its impressive western outlier in the Castle Wilderness. Region: Castle Wilderness. Traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina, and Ktunaxa First Nations Distance: 17.8 km round trip (I estimate that omitting the outlier summit would shave about 2-3 km off that distance) […]

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Victoria Peak

August 4, 2020. A scramble to the summit of a distinctive mountain in the Castle Wilderness. Region: Castle Wilderness. Traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, Tsuu T’ina, and Blackfoot First Nations Distance: 12 km round-trip Total Ascent: 1100 m Elevation of Objective: 2572 m as per my Garmin, Nugara has it at 2587 m Total Time: 5h 8m Victoria Peak has […]

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Mount Bourgeau

July 17, 2020. A full-day hike in Banff to the summit of the most accessible Canadian Rockies peak above 2900 m. Region: Banff National Park. Traditional Territory of the Ktunaxa, Tsuu T’ina, and Blackfoot First Nations. Distance: 25-30 km round-trip (1 of my apps and my Garmin measured the trip at 30 km, another app measured […]

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Stanley Glacier Trail

July 16, 2020. A scenic hike in Kootenay National Park, featuring glaciers, cliffs, boulders and waterfalls. Region: Kootenay National Park. Traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, Tsuu T’ina, and Blackfoot First Nations. Distance: 11 km round-trip Total Ascent: 395 m Total Time: 3h 55m After an absence of several years, my family returned to Kootenay National Park this summer […]

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Takakkaw Falls

July 15, 2020. A visit to a magnificent waterfall in Yoho National Park. Region: Yoho National Park. Traditional territory of the Tsuu T’ina, Ktunaxa, Blackfoot and Kelly Lake Metis First Nations. Distance: 1.4 km return Total Ascent: negligible This is an easy walking trail to one of the most amazing places in the Canadian Rockies: Takakkaw […]

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Lake Minnewanka

July 15, 2020. A short, fun, walk/hike in Banff. Perfect for kids. Region: Banff National Park. Traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Ktunaxa, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuu T’ina First Nations. Distance: 2.8 km round-trip to Stewart Canyon bridge Total ascent: 49 m Lake Minnewanka is right outside the Banff townsite. As a result, it is a massively popular destination […]

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