Panorama from our turn-around point

Wasootch Ridge (attempt)
Kananaskis, Alberta
April 12, 2003

Up to a point Wasootch Ridge is a hike and according to the guide book, most people turn back well before reaching the summit. We ended up being among those that turned back.

We followed the ridge until it became unsafe to traverse because of a snow-covered drop. However, had I taken the route description with me, we probably could have continued to the summit, only 500 m away. Somewhere near our turn-around point it's possible to drop down and traverse to below the narrow ridge almost to the summit. From there the ascent is easy. We must come back to do the summit.


Soon after starting, the ridge drops and twists a bit


The ridge was easy to follow


Lichen brightens up an otherwise dull gray rock


Great scenery makes this an enjoyable ridgewalk


Looking back along an easy stretch


Trees began to thin as we climbed higher


Still lots of snow at higher elevations


These cliffs are among the highlights of the ridge


Looking back


We had to drop down from the crest here, but soon regained the ridge


When we got back on the crest, we found this pika waiting for us


This is as far as we got


I could see no way down


I checked the map, but what I needed was the route description!


Heading back


It's a long way back


82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir

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