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Prairie Mountain
Kananaskis, Alberta
January 10, 2009

When weather is poor or time is short, Dinah and I climb Prairie Mountain for the exercise. Even in the winter the trail is popular. On this day, the snow-covered trail was well-trodden, but off-trail, the snow was about 15" deep although the open ridge was largely free of snow. Our round-trip time was 2:30, 15 minutes slower than usual because of the snow.

Prairie Mountain seen from the road

Starting up from the trailhead

We soon reach a break in the trees

The lower slope is mostly treed

Îyarhe Îpan in the background

The grade steepens just before we break out of the trees

Reaching the open ridge

Following the ridge to the summit

Looking east toward Calgary (mouse over for a close-up)

Looking back along the ridge. Forgetmenot Ridge and Powderface Ridge in the background.

82 J/15 Bragg Creek

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