2007 - The Year of Spending Dangerously! travel blog

I think we need to go up there!

On the way up

Nearly at the false summit

Lunch Stop

View West

View down - don't slip!

Jeff takes a look

View of Kananaskis Peaks

The tricky bit - hold onto that cable!

Dale climbs down

Ellen makes her way down the gully

On the summit

Men in gaitors

Heading down

Beneath the cliffs

Ellen on the ridge

The Bow Valley

Skiing the Scree - Gaitors aren't just a fashion statement!

Ellen waits her turn

And she's off!

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

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Navigating the Notch

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360 from the summit

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Scree Skiing

We had attempted to do the Yamnuska Traverse way back in the early 1990's. There is a tricky bit that has some exposure about half way along and our group at the time wasn't comfortable with this (much to Pam's relief) so we went back the way we came.

Jeff and Ellen were looking for a close, relatively short scramble, Pam thought she must be tougher than she was way back when, so off we went to Mount Yamnuska. It was a beautiful warm day in the middle of the week so there were relatively few hikers on this normally busy mountain.

Pam was a bit apprehensive as we neared the "notch" that required some down climbing. Much to our surprise (or relief) someone had put in a cable that by-passed the down climb and allowed us to pull ourselves along a narrow ledge instead (definitely preferable to the alternate route but still a bit scarey). We all made it along without any trouble and we headed to the summit cairn for fabulous views of the Bow Valley.

The hike ends with a really long ski down the scree on the front of the mountain (you can see the ski tracks from highway 1 if the light is right). A great end to a fun hike. Too bad we waited all these years to do it again!

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