Whistler Mountain and Lookout

June 10, 2020. A steep on-trail ascent to a summit and abandoned fire lookout site in Castle Wildland Provincial Park. Region: Castle Wilderness. Traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, Tsuu T’ina, and Blackfoot First Nations Distance: 8.4 km round-trip Total Ascent: 840m (elevation is lost and regained on the way to the lookout) Elevation of Objective: 2190 m […]

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Yarrow Ridge

June 1, 2020. A straight-forward scramble with rewarding views in the Castle Wilderness. Distance: 8 km Total Ascent: 632 m Elevation of Objective: 2052 m Total Time: 3h 23m I had intended to visit Waterton today, the first day of its reopening following the COVID19 closure. Unfortunately, upon reaching the park gate, I discovered that their computer systems were […]

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Byron Hill

January 27, 2020. A snowshoe trip to a low summit in the Crowsnest Pass. Distance: 8.2 km round trip Total Ascent: 643 m Elevation of objective:  1836 m Total Time: 4h 4m For my first summit of 2020, I decided to knock another objective off the list from Nugara’s A Beginner’s Guide to Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies. The […]

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Mount Baldy to Mount Albert Loop

December 10, 2019. A scenic snowshoe loop, touching two low summits in Beauvais Lake Provincial Park. Distance: 8.45 km loop Elevation of Objective: Mount Baldy 1,585 m, Mount Albert 1,691 m Total Ascent: 425 m Total Time: 3h 16m I had been meaning to do this trip for a while, but the weather for the last couple […]

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Mount Haig

August 3, 2019. A straightforward scramble up a peak on the continental divide. Region: Castle Mountain Resort. Traditional territory of the Tsuu T’ina, Ktunaxa, and Blackfoot First Nations Distance: 12.7 km round-trip Total Ascent: 1400 m Elevation of Objective: 2611 m Total time: 5h 47m Earlier in the summer I had set out to climb this peak, but the […]

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“Rogan Peak” (Dungarvan SE2)

July 29, 2019. A straightforward scramble to an unofficial summit in Waterton Lakes National Park. Distance: 21.1 km round-trip Total Ascent: 1200 m Elevation of Objective: 2437 m Hiking Time: 6h 40m Rogan Peak is a relatively easy scramble described in Andrew Nugara’s More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. The name was bestowed by Nugara in honour of his nephew. The […]

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Paradise Lake

July 2, 2019. A short hike to a tiny blue lake in the Castle Wilderness, with a return via Haig Ridge. Distance: 4.9 km one-way to the lake, 9.8 km loop with return via the ridge (quite a coincidence) Total Ascent: 575 m to the lake, 807 m if returning by climbing the ridge Elevation […]

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Haig Lake Loop

June 23, 2019. An enjoyable rainy day hike to a picturesque lake. Distance: 8.3 km loop* Total Ascent: 460 m* Elevation of Objective: 1800 m Total Time: 2h 25m *Due to the fact that I wandered around en route, these figures may vary from the most direct route. Castle Mountain Ski Resort is the closest […]

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