Mount Glasgow
Kananaskis, Alberta
September 11, 2004

I haven't tried the Scrambles book approach, but the east ridge probably offers a more interesting trip: it's largely a ridge walk rather than a scree slog and no bike is required for the approach.

From the Little Elbow Recreation Area, Dinah, Dale and Bruce and I crossed the suspension bridge and took a sharp right onto a side trail that leads to the river. Ten minutes later we left the riverside trail at a right angle and set off to find the cutline. After hiking about 100 m or so we came across a trail that follows the cutline. The cutline trail eventually ends above a valley meadow. Picking up on another trail, we headed down to the meadow; that placed us at the foot of an outlier (GR484250) marking the end of the east ridge. We headed up the wooded slope towards it.

Just below the outlier, there is a cliff band going right, so we went left, traversed below the top and dropped down to the col at GR479247. A trail on the left took us past a small point. After that we stayed close to the ridge except for a rock prominence that we detoured left around.

We continued along the ridge until about 70 m below the summit where a buttress stopped us. We headed left to the open slope and scrambled up some steep, scree-covered slabs where we could regain the ridge. This section upped the trip to a difficult rating.

On the return, we saved time by going down a scree gully at the col before the outlier and followed the Glasgow Creek back to the cutline.

Ours was a slow group. A fast group could do it in 8 hours.

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)
KML Track


The route up seen from the suspension bridge.


Taking a break in the meadow


We leave the treeline far below


Dinah reaches a ledge


Ascending the end of the east ridge. Mount Glasgow on the right.


Looking back


Above the col: the ridge to the summit can now be seen (click for a larger image)


We continued along the ridge


Passing an unusual rocky point


Looking back along the ridge. We traversed below the outlier in the middle.


Crossing rock slabs


Interesting rock formations along the ridge


The ridge walk ends and we'll soon start scrambling (click for a larger image)


We'll leave ridge below the summit and scramble up the slope left


This is probably the most brilliant rainbow I've seen and it lasted for hours


Nihahi Ridge in the background


On the summit


Coming down the open slope from the summit. Above us is the crux.


Looking back at the buttress. Notice the Indian's profile.


Heading back down the ridge, outlier behind me. Forgetmenot Ridge in the background.


Looking back at the steep slopes below the summit


82 J/15 Bragg Creek

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