Kona on Read’s Tower (920 m gain)

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Kona on Read’s Tower on June 18th, view towards Sparrowhawk in clouds. Visibility and icy conditions turned us back from Sparrowhawk at 70 m below summit (pic below), so this (and the breakfast burrito) is the ‘consolation prize’ for the day’s effort.

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Below, returning from upper slopes to below Read’s Tower.

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Kona on Mt. Indefatigable (1000 m gain)

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From Indefatigable South Peak in mid-June with Gap Mountain, Mt. Elpoca (climbed by Kona’s ‘dad’ in 1989) and Tombstone South behind. Above Kona’s ear is Mt. Schlee (climbed by Kona’s ‘dad’ in 1997 with son Jason – ‘Grizzly Group’s’ 1st ascent 1976 register below).

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Below, view to Upper Kananaskis Lake, Mt. Sarrail to left and Mt. Lyautey to right of Hidden Lake. Mt. Joffre in clouds.

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Below, view to Lower Kananaskis Lake with snowy Mt. Rae behind.

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Kona on Middle Sister (Charity) (1400 m gain)

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Above, Kona on Middle Sister in early June. Little Sister (Hope) (climbed by Kona’s ‘dad’ in 1990), Wind Ridge and Pigeon Mountain behind.

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Above, view towards Wind Tower, Rimwall, Loughheeds 1 and 2, Sparrowhawk, and beer cooling in snow.

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Above, view to adjoining ridge with Ship’s Prow, Lawrence Grassi.

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Above, quick descent down snow slopes. French and Robertson glaciers left of 3406 m Mt. Sir Douglas (climbed in 1986), Birdwood (climbed in 1988), Nestor (climbed in 1988) and Old Goat (climbed in 1996).

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Above, Kona enjoying the snow.

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Above, Mort Morrow’s summit register tribute (ash urn?) and less developed Canmore in 1988.

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Above, close-up of Wind Tower, Lougheed 1 (first climbed by Kona’s ‘dad’ in 1982, and later in 1989 on Lougheed peaks 1 to 4 traverse) and Sparrowhawk.

Kona on Mt. Kidd (1460 m gain)

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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 snow for most of ascent. Below view to west at Mt. Bogart, Mt. Sparrowhawk and Mt. Lougheed.

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

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Below, Kona and glissader coming down the lower bowl.

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Below, view of Mt. Kidd snow slopes from Opal South a few days earlier.

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Kona on Mt. Lawrence Grassi (1020m gain)

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Kona on Mt. Lawrence Grassi in late May. Ship’s Prow¬†Mtn. in front of Three Sisters. Lougheed peaks behind. All scrambles except Little Sister (a loose hard to protect rock climb.) Old Goat Mountain at right (a very long and complicated scramble).

View to Mt. Rundle below. Highest point is a very long scramble from Canmore end. Ha Ling is out of view below.

 

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Kona on Ship’s Prow Peak (1050 m gain)

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Kona on Ship’s Prow Peak after late May ascent from Smith-Dorrien road. Three Sisters peaks (l. to r. Little, Middle and Big) in background with Lougheeds Peaks 1 and 2 poking up behind.

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View to Mt. Lawrence Grassi with Mt. Rundle’s highest point in the distance and Bow Valley below.