Wind Ridge (820 m elev. gain)

Kona Wind Ridge Rimwall Summit Mt. Lougheed Kananaskis
Kona on Upper Slopes of Wind Ridge above the Cloud Bank

Rimwall Summit poking through the clouds on the way up, nearing the ridge top in late July.

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Kona on Wind Ridge with Lougheed Peaks and Wind Tower behind

Wind Tower and the four Lougheed peaks (peak 4 later renamed Wind Mountain, although the Lougheed viewpoint information at the trail head refers to the Lougheed Massive’s five summits, so includes number 4). A peak west of Banff was originally named Mt. Lougheed before the name was transferred to these supposedly more prestigious-looking peaks in the 1940’s. For some reason the original Mt. Lougheed remains without an official name. Mt. Allan at extreme left.

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View SW along Wind Ridge towards Rimwall Summit and The Orphan

View towards Rimwall Summit and to the right “The Orphan.” Big Sister out of frame to the right.

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“Timmy”, one of five other dogs we met ascending the trail on our way down.

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View of Wind Ridge from below Lougheed Peak 4 (Wind Mtn.) on Lougheed Peak 1-to-4 Traverse July 22, 1989

View of Wind Ridge, Bow Valley and Grotto Mtn. from steep and loose slopes of Lougheed Peak4 (Wind Mountain) on a long day traverse of the four peaks July 22, 1989.

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Wind Ridge from Rimwall Summit with Grotto Mtn. behind.

Wind Ridge from ridge of Rimwall Summit June 25, 2017. Grotto Mtn. behind across Bow Valley.

 

Wind Tower (1,000 m elev. gain)

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Kona on Wind Tower – Mt. Lougheed peak 1 and Mt. Sparrowhawk behind

Kona on Wind Tower on a hot mid-June day. Lougheed (Peak 1) and Sparrowhawk behind. Part of Lougheed Peak 2 is jutting out behind Peak 1.

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Kona on way up Wind Tower – Mt. Nestor and Spray Lake behind

View of Spray Lakes and Mt. Nestor on way up.

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Kona on Wind Tower – Rimwall Summit, Big Sister and Middle Sister behind.

View toward Rimwall showing upper part of scramble route, Big Sister and Middle Sister behind.

Kona Wind Ridge Tower July 2020
Kona on Wind Ridge, Wind Tower behind

View of Wind Tower (centre peak) from Wind Ridge July 2020. Mt. Lougheed peaks at left.

Rimwall Summit (1000 m gain)

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Kona on Rimwall Summit early September – Wind Tower behind

Kona and friend on Rimwall Summit in early September, Wind Tower behind and parts of Peaks 1 & 2 of Mount Lougheed at right. Pyramidal shape Mt. Allan in distance centre and ridge connecting Mt. Collembola at left.

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Rimwall Summit from Wind Tower

View of Rimwall Summit from Wind Tower June 2019. Big Sister, Middle Sister and The Orphan behind.

Mt. Sparrowhawk (1450 m gain)

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Kona on Mt. Sparrowhawk – Mt. Lougheed peaks 1 to 3 and Wind Mountain (peak 4) behind

Early July on Mt. Sparrowhawk, view to the Lougheed peaks and Wind Mountain. Top of Pigeon Mountain and Mt. MacGillivray visible behind.

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Kona relaxing on Mt. Sparrowhawk

View north to Spray Lake Reservoir with Three Sisters, Rimwall Summit and Wind Tower at right, “Little Lougheed” short scramble at centre.

Kona descending Mt. Sparrowhawk
Kona descending from Mt. Sparrowhawk summit

Kona descending the back side of the Mt. Sparrowhawk summit block – view to Upper Ribbon Creek / Memorial Lakes cirque.

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Kona at Mt. Sparrowhawk col below summit block

Kona at col below summit block with Mt. Bogart behind at left.

Mt. Bogart from Mt. Sparrowhawk
View from Sparrowhawk to Upper Ribbon Creek cirque and surrounding peaks

Upper Ribbon Creek cirque with Memorial Lakes, Bogart Tower and Ribbon Peak at left. Guinn’s Pass and Peak behind, and Mt. Bogart at right.

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Sparrowhawk and Lougheed peaks from Ribbon Peak 1997

View of Sparrowhawk and Lougheed peaks 2, 3, and 4 (Wind Mountain) from Ribbon Peak in 1997. Bogart Tower at lower left.

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Lougheed Peaks 2 and 3 from Mt. Sparrowhawk

Close-up of Lougheed peaks 2 and 3 showing normal scramble ascent and alternate descent routes.

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Mt. Sparrowhawk from Mt. Lougheed

Mt. Sparrowhawk in clouds from Mt. Lougheed in 2007.

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View of Lougheed peaks, Sparrowhawk and Bogart from Old Goat Mtn. July 1996

View of Mt. Sparrowhawk and Read’s Tower (right of the Lougheed peaks, just right of centre) from Old Goat Mtn. (Unnamed 3125m) July 27, 1996. Mt. Bogart at extreme right.

Middle Sister (Charity) (1400 m gain)

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Kona on Middle Sister – Little Sister behind

Kona on Middle Sister in early June. Little Sister (Hope), Wind Ridge and Pigeon Mountain behind.

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Kona on Middle Sister – Mt. Lougheed behind

View towards Wind Tower, Rimwall Summit, Mt. Lougheed peaks 1 and 2, Mt. Sparrowhawk, and beer cooling in snow.

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Kona on Middle Sister – Mt. Lawrence Grassi behind

View to adjoining ridge with Ship’s Prow and Mt. Lawrence Grassi.

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Kona descending Middle Sister – The Orphan behind

Quick descent down snow slopes. French and Robertson glaciers left of 3,406 m Mt. Sir Douglas, Mt. Birdwood, Mt. Nestor and Old Goat Mtn. on skyline. The Orphan (alternate approach) above the scree slopes.

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Kona on Middle Sister snow slope

Kona enjoying the snow.

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Mort Morrow’s tribute register on Middle Sister 1988

Mort Morrow’s summit register tribute and less developed Canmore in 1988.

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Wind Tower and Mt. Lougheed from Middle Sister

Close-up of Wind Tower, Mt. Lougheed 1 and 2, and Mt. Sparrowhawk.