January 2, 2006
After four ascents of Little Lougheed, Dinah and I decided to share this winter gem with RMB members as a kick-off scramble for 2006. Along with familiar faces, we were glad to meet some new RMB Forum members for the first time.
Our group of ten started off under blue skies. A short tramp through the woods brought us to the edge of the boulder field. After getting past the boulder field we arrived on the ridge where traveling was a mere hike. About halfway up the mountain, a loud crack stopped us in our tracks and we turned to watch in awe as an avalanche came down the face of Mount Sparrowhawk.Continuing on, we passed the treeline and slogged up talus slopes to the summit. After a pleasant stay on top, we proceeded back down. When we reached the knoll above the boulder field, most decided to try descending the length of the field. Given the hidden snow-covered holes in the rocks, it was not a risk-free task. A few would receive bruises before reaching the end of it. But we were all smiles when we returned to the cars.
Working our way through the boulders
JP, Raff, Jason, Kelly, Frank, Andrew, Pete, Vitto, and Dinah (click on for larger image)
Above the boulder field with the summit in sight
Mount Lougheed on our right
Another view of Mount Lougheed. Mouse over for a close-up.
Avalanche off the north face of Mount Sparrowhawk
Avalanche movie (0:41)
Slogging through the snow to the summit. Andrew's camera never seems to leave his hand!
Minutes away from the summit. Mount Nestor on the right.
First peak of Mount Lougheed
Group shot taken on the summit
Lounging on the summit with Mount Sparrowhawk as a backdrop
JP and Dinah above the boulder field. Mouse over for a close-up.
Reverse view, looking down at myself, Raff and Andrew
Raff skirts around a boulder that Andrew is perched on
Spray Lakes Reservoir sets the background on our descent
Pete, Frank and Vitto do some bouldering
Kelly, Andrew, Raff and myself as we near the end of the boulder field
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