Buddy (7 yrs) on Utopia Mountain in early September after taking a drainage too early and climbing the wrong peak the week before. Buddy’s “dad” completed the “Kane book” scrambles with Pyramid Mountain the following week without Buddy due to the bike approach.
Kona on an east-to-west traverse of Whaleback Mtn. in mid-August with Isolated Peak behind and Mt. McArthur at left.
View back east along ascent route with long ridge of Mt.Daly and Mt. Niles.
View to south of The President at right and The Vice President at left with The Secretary-Treasurer at middle above Little Yoho Valley.
Mont des Poilus and glacier to the NNW, mistakenly called Isolation Peak in iconic Lawren Harris (Group of Seven) paintings.
Kona with that “Are we going yet?” look after 2-1/2 hours on the summit and no more McDonalds breakfasts.
View of the long scree ridge of Whaleback from The President July 26, 1987. Yoho Peak and Glacier des Poilus behind with Mt. Collie, Mt. Rhonda, Mt. Gordon and other Wapta Icefield peaks on skyline.
View of Whaleback and Isolated Peak from Mt. McArthur – Mt. Balfour, Trolltinder Peak, Trolltinder Glacier, Mt. Hector and Mt. Daly behind.
View from Mt. Niles Aug 2005 of Yoho valley with Iceline Trail / The President / The Vice President / Emerald Glacier at left and Whaleback in front of Isolated Peak just right of centre. Mt. McArthur at centre, Arete Peak and Mont des Poilus at extreme right.
Kona with hiking group on Whaleback Mtn. in early September.
Buddy at toe of glacier under Isolated Peak after hiking the Whaleback in August 2005 on way to scramble up Isolated Peak.
Buddy and friend on Mount O’Hagan in late August. We found a register with Rick Collier’s name on this “rarely ascended peak” according to Rick’s solo trip report in Bivouac.com. Behind is Utopia, our intended destination, but after taking the wrong drainage too far to return we continued to explore new high points. Utopia was completed the following week and Pyramid the week after that by Buddy’s “dad” to complete the “Kane scrambles book”.
Kona enjoying the attention with friends at the lookout station in early November.
Below, Buddy (1-1/2 yrs) and “sisters” on Barrier trail in late May 2001.
Kona on Mt. Baldy West in late September. Kananaskis River / Barrier Lake and ridge of Heart Mountain / Grant MacEwan Peak behind right.
Kona relaxing on summit of Mt. Baldy. Grant MacEwan Peak / Heart Mtn. and Barrier Lookout (McConnell Ridge) behind. Barrier lake dam and reservoir below. Gap Peak, Mt. Fable, Door Jamb Mtn., Loder Peak, Wendell Mtn., Mt. Yamnuska and Black Rock Mtn. on distant skyline.
View of Mt. Baldy from Grant MacEwan Peak / Heart Mtn with Buddy in late November 2005. Midnight Peak at extreme right.