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Mist Mountain II
Kananaskis, Alberta
August 22, 2009

Although it was Dinah's first time, it's been ten years since I visited Mist Mountain. We followed the “usual route” described in the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide. Unlike my 1999 trip, we didn't visit the warm springs.

The trip unfolded much like the book describes. We had no difficulty routefinding; trails leading to the col and the cirque were well-trodden. We plodded up the broad south face to gain the ridge that leads to the false summit. After the false summit, it was a quick, easy ridge walk to the true summit.

It was too cold and windy to linger on top, so we descended the scree slope to the cirque bottom and took our first break on the boulders there before hiking back down.

KML Track

Heading to the col after coming out of the trees

Odlum Ridge behind

After climbing above the col, the way is obvious

Looking back at the col

Fringed Grass-of-Parnassus

Heading to the cirque

Coming to the end of the cirque

The broad south slope leads to the ridge high above

Starting up

Looking back as we near the ridge crest

The summit ridge comes into view

On the ridge going to the false summit

Big drop on the other side

Closing in on the false summit

The false summit wasn't as steep as it first appeared

From the false summit, we followed the ridge to the true summit

On top of Mist Mountain

Summit memorial: the hiker was killed by lightning on Mist Mountain

Descending the scree gully

Heading back to the col. Mist Ridge on the left.

82 J/10 Mount Rae

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