Kona on Little Arethusa at 8:30 am in August to beat the heat. Mt. Rae at left and Mt. Arethusa at right behind.
View to north at Ptarmigan Cirque trail.
View to west of HIghwood Ridge, Grizzly Ridge and Mt. Tyrwhitt.
View to south of Storm Mountain and Highway 40.
View to SE of “Three Finches”. Kona’s “grandad” traversed these peaks on a circuitous way to Mt. Arethusa in October 1988. Glenn Naylor, Kananaskis Park warden, had left 3 registers on these peaks Aug 7, 1988 and named them for the hundreds of grey-crowned rosy finches he saw in the cirque on the way up.
View back down to Rummel Lake from a high point on The Tower SW ridge in mid-August.
Smoky view to west of Mt. Shark and Spray Lakes Reservoir.
Summit of The Tower deceptively just an easy scramble away, except for a hidden 10 m overhang. Kona’s “grandad” tried this route on Oct 8, 1988 and had to make a 600m+ elevation loss / regain, so obviously not the recommended route unless equipped for a short rappel. Left a register with an airline bottle of Kaluha for the next visitor as it appeared rarely visited. Before month’s end Rick Collier called to say thanks!
Mt. Smuts and The Fist across the valley. Tent Ridge high point at right.
Butterfly on Moss Campion.
Fireweed alongside the descent scree slope, Commonwealth Ridge, Commonwealth Peak, Pig’s Tail and Mt. Birdwood behind.
Lots of pollinators out today.
Roseroot (maybe) on scree slopes.
Silky Scorpionweed on scree slopes.
Silky Scorpionweed (purple), Umbrella Plant / Wild Buckwheat (white / pink), and Alpine Forget-Me-Not (blue) on scree slopes.
Some type of Saxifrage (Spotted maybe) on scree slopes.
Common Stonecrop on scree slopes.
Mountain Meadow Cinquefoil (maybe) on scree slopes.
Alpine Forget-Me-Not and Long-stalked Starwort on scree slopes.
Long-stalked Starwort (maybe) on scree slopes
Fringed Grass of Parnassus on trail to Rummel Lake.
Pearly Everlasting on trail to Rummel Lake.
Common Yarrow on trail to Rummel Lake.
Nodding Campion / Apetalous Catchfly in seed on scree slopes.