The Orphan (870 m elev. gain)

Kona The orphan
Kona on The Orphan – Middle Sister and Little Sister behind

Kona on “The Orphan” with Middle Sister upper scramble slopes and Little Sister (not a scramble) behind, in late July with some fresh snow on higher peaks.

Kona The Orphan Kananaskis
Kona on The Orphan – Mt. Nestor and Old Goat Mtn. (Unnamed 3150m) behind

Views to Mts. Nestor and Old Goat Mtn. across Spray Reservoir.

Kona The Orphan Rimwall Summit
Kona on The Orphan – Mt. Lougheed and Mt. Sparrowhawk behind Rimwall Summit

Rimwall Summit from Boulder Pass.

Kona Middle Sister The Orphan
Kona and friend descending Middle Sister June 12 2017 with The Orphan alternate approach above the scree slope behind.

View of “The Orphan” above scree slopes just left of centre from Middle Sister Jun 12, 2017. A common approach route to Middle Sister nowadays is via The Orphan from the Spray Lake side instead of up the boulder-filled creek on the Canmore side.


Rimwall Summit (980 m gain)

Kona on Rimwall Summit – Lougheed behind

Kona on Rimwall Summit in late June with Collembola, Allan, Lougheed and Sparrowhawk behind. Kona scampered up and down the two minor cliff-bands near the top after a little coaxing.

Kona on Rimwall Summit rehydrating

Kona keeping hydrated by Knorr chicken broth-flavored water.

Kona descending Rimwall Summit

Kona starting down from summit, Spray Lake Reservoir below with Mt. Nestor and Old Goat Mountain behind.

Three Sisters and The Orphan from Rimwall Summit

View to Three Sisters, with ‘The Orphan’, barely discernible in front of Middle Sister.

Lougheed from Windtower
Mt. Lougheed from Wind Tower oil 12×16 2005 KrisT

Artistic impression of Lougheed peak 1 from Windtower/ Rimwall direction.

Middle Sister (Charity) (1400 m gain)

Kona on Middle Sister – Little Sister behind

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

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.

Kona on Middle Sister – Mt. Lawrence Grassi behind

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

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.

Kona on Middle Sister snow slope

Kona enjoying the snow.

Middle Sister Jun 11 88-2 Mort Morrow register
Mort Morrow’s tribute register on Middle Sister 1988

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

Wind Tower and Mt. Lougheed from Middle Sister

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

Ship’s Prow Peak (1050 m gain)

Kona on Ship’s Prow May 27th – Three Sisters behind

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.

Kona on Ship’s Prow – Mt. Lawrence Grassi behind

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

Kona on Middle Sister – Ship’s Prow and Mt. Lawrence Grassi behind

View of Ship’s Prow ridge and Mt. Lawrence Grassi from Middle Sister June 12th.

Kona on Mt. Lawrence Grassi – Ship’s Prow and Three Sisters behind

View of Ship’s Prow (in front of Three Sisters) from Mt. Lawrence Grassi May 31st.