King Creek Ridge (830 m elev. gain)

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Kona on King Creek Ridge in winter – Grizzly Peak behind

Kona on King Creek Ridge in early December with Grizzly Peak and Packenham Jr. Peak behind.

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Kona on King Creek Ridge looking towards Lawson South ridge

View across Kananaskis valley to the ridge of Lawson South (Little Lawson).

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Kona on Lawson South – King Creek Ridge behind

View of King Creek Ridge from Lawson South across the Kananaskis River Valley earlier in the year.

Packenham Junior (630 m elev. gain)

Kona Packenham Jr. Peak
Kona on Packenham Jr. Peak with herd of bighorn sheep behind

Kona ignoring the herd of sheep just below the summit on a warm Chinooking day in mid-November.

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Kona on Packenham Jr. Peak view south to King Creek Ridge

On the summit looking south toward King Creek Ridge.

Kona Packenham Jr. Grizzly Peak
Kona on Packenham Jr. Peak view north to Grizzly Peak and Grizzly Evan-Thomas col

Looking north to Grizzly Peak and Grizzly / Evan-Thomas col.

Kona Lawson South Grizzly
Kona on Lawson South – Opal South Peak, Grizzly Peak, Packenham (sic) Jr. Peak behind

View of Packenham (sic) Jr. at right from Lawson South across the Kananaskis River Valley later in November. Grizzly Peak and Opal South Peak to the left.

Grizzly Peak (900 m elev gain)

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Dogs on Grizzly Peak June 2019

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Grizzly Peak June 2019

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Grizzly Peak June 2019

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Kona on Grizzly Peak June 2019
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Grizzly Peak June 2019

Dog park on Grizzly Peak June 1st (can’t remember their names).

Mt. Evan-Thomas Grizzly
Mt. Evan-Thomas, Opal Range from Grizzly Peak

Mt. Evan-Thomas, highest peak in Opal Range from Grizzly Peak (Kona’s “dad” climbed in October 1987 when the 1954 first ascent register was still there and mistakenly naming the peak Packenham).

Opal Range from Mt. James Walker Sept 1996

View of Opal Range with Opal South Peak, Grizzly Peak, Packenham Jr. and King Creek Ridge from Mt. James Walker across the Kananaskis River Valley on Sept 2, 1996.

The Wedge (1100 m elev. gain)

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Kona on The Wedge – Fisher Peak behind

Kona near the summit of The Wedge at end of June. Fisher Peak (3054 m) with snow behind.

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Kona on The Wedge summit ridge

View back along ridge. Kona skirted under the crux down-climb on easier ground to gain the ridge closer to the summit. Mt. Kidd, Mt. Allan, Mt. Collembola, Nakiska ski resort and Mt. Lorette behind

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Kona descending The Wedge scree slopes

Easier ground from low point of ridge to tree line.

Mt. Kidd scramble route from The Wedge – Mt. Bogart behind centre.

Close-up of scramble route up gully on Mt. Kidd, and Mt. Bogart behind.

Mt. Fisher from The Wedge oil 12×16 KrisT 2005

Artistic impression of Fisher Peak from The Wedge.

The Wedge from Mt. James Walker Sept 1996

View of south side of The Wedge and north end of Opal Ridge from Mt. James Walker Sept 2, 1996.

Mt. Kidd (1460 m gain)

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Kona on Mt. Kidd – Opal Range at left

Kona on Mt. Kidd in early June. View to south with The Wedge and Opal Range at left, Mt. James Walker on right skyline. Still good step-kicking and glissading snow for most of route. 

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Kona on Mt. Kidd – Mts. Bogart, Sparrowhawk and Lougheed behind

View from Mt. Kidd to west of Mt. Bogart, Mt. Sparrowhawk and Mt. Lougheed.

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Kona watching glissader on Mt. Kidd

Kona near summit ridge looking at glissader making a quick descent.

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Glissading Mt. Kidd bowl

Kona and glissader coming down the lower bowl.

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View of Mt. Kidd from Opal South peak

View of Mt. Kidd snow slopes from Opal South a few days earlier.