Wind Tower (1,000 m elev. gain)

Kona Wind Tower
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.

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

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

Kona Wind Tower
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.


Mt. Sparrowhawk (1450 m gain)

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.

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.

Kona at Sparrowhawk col
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.

Mt. Sparrowhawk from Ribbon Peak
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.

Mt. Lougheed from Sparrowhawk
Lougheed Peaks 2 and 3 from Mt. Sparrowhawk

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

Clouds over Mt. Sparrowhawk
Mt. Sparrowhawk from Mt. Lougheed

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

Unnamed 3125m Goat Grp Jul 27 96 -9
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.

Read’s Tower (920 m gain)

Kona on Read’s Tower – Mt. Sparrowhawk slopes behind

Kona on Read’s Tower in mid-June, view towards Sparrowhawk summit 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.

Kona at high point of Mt. Sparrowhawk attempt in mid-June

Too cold, icy and foggy to continue to Sparrowhawk summit.

Kona on Mt. Sparrowhawk snow slope – Read’s Tower and Spray Lake Reservoir behind

Returning from upper slopes of Mt. Sparrowhawk to below Read’s Tower.

Otto and Fletcher on Read’s Tower

Otto (5 yrs) and Fletcher (3 yrs) on Read’s Tower. Summit of Sparrowhawk in clouds behind.

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.

Mt. Kidd (1460 m gain)

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. 

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

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

Kona watching glissader on Mt. Kidd

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

Glissading Mt. Kidd bowl

Kona and glissader coming down the lower bowl.

View of Mt. Kidd from Opal South peak

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