Mount Howard
Kananaskis
August 23, 2008

Mount Howard is best done during the shoulder season but we wanted a break after driving long distances on the last several trips. Besides, after two failed attempts (June 2006 and November 2007) this is one peak I wanted to bag.

Following Andrew's route description, the trip was straightforward. The mind-numbing walk up Canyon Creek makes this trip feel longer than it is, but we reached the summit in 4.5 hours. We didn't take in all the high points along the ridge. We avoided the second last high point (GR417358) before the summit by traversing on an animal track, but we side-sloped below the high point before the summit.

For the descent, we followed the suggested route down the rib. This ridge walk offered spectacular views of Mount Bryant and its south cliffs. The ridge peters out onto a wooded slope and because of the canyon on the left, we were forced to bushwhack down to the drainage.

According to the summit register, only six parties summited in the last two years. Given the easy ascent, long season and enjoyable ridge walk there's no reason why Mount Howard shouldn't be more popular.

KML Track

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)


The ascent ridge is ahead


Leaving the creekbed below


Gaining the ridge crest


Colorful saddle near the start of the ridge


Interesting rocks on the ridge


More odd rocks on a high point


Mount Howard (left) has some snow


Using an animal track to cut below a high point


For the descent route, we'll start down the ridge behind us


Our ridge walk can be traced from the orange scree in the centre


We side-sloped to the pinnacle before the summit


Dinah nears the pinnacle


The pinnacle


Mount Remus and Mount Romulus in the foreground


We didn't bother climbing the last high point (left) before the summit


Dinah sets off for the summit


I kept to the left where the scrambling was more interesting


More scrambling than we expected


Dinah follows behind me


Heading to the descent ridge. Compression Ridge in front of us.


Looking back at Mount Howard (left)


The descent rib (lower right) leads to the drainage in the centre


Starting down the rib


Mount Bryant in the centre


Dinah scrambles down beside a tiny window


Looking back at the descent rib


The rib leads to a wooded slope by a canyon


We kept to the right of the canyon and ended up bushwhacking


Back on Canyon Creek this chipmunk checked us out


Bragg Creek


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