Kananaskis Trail Guide, Vol. 1
March 27, 2004
|This was our second time up Exshaw Ridge. The first
time we didn't get far because the wind was too strong. It was windy
this time too, but at least it didn't knock us over.
After hiking up Exshaw Creek for 3.5 km, we headed up the ridge. It was steep but animal trails assisted our ascent. The grade eased once we reached the ridge. We followed it to the end, taking in its many ups and downs. Along the way we passed peaks we had already climbed: Doorjamb and Loder Peak east, Gap Peak and Mount Fable west. Mount Fable is especially prominent: the summit looks rather like a shark fin.
I also studied peaks I hadn't seen before. Morrowmount caught my eye and two weeks later we returned to ascend it.
Exshaw Ridge: the arrow indicates our turnaround point
Hiking up Exshaw Creek
Gaining the ridge
A few ups and downs ahead
The first section of ridge was easy and mostly featureless
Looking back along the ridge
Mount Fable dominates the background here
Little Mythic Tower (left) and the Mythic Towers (right) rise above Exshaw Creek (click for a
Cornices line the crest in some spots
The ridge becomes more rugged
Lots of scree here
Some nice scenery along the latter part of the ridge
Looking south at the highest point we reached
After walking pass the summit a short way, Dinah took this photo looking back
Ahead, the ridge appeared technical
Panorama from the top. Morrowmount is the high, gray peak above red scree.
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