Panorama from our turn-around point

Mount McDougall (attempt)
Kananaskis, Alberta
May 22, 2005

After climbing Little McDougall last year, Dinahand I returned to see if we could reach Mount McDougall. We retraced our steps save that we hiked further up the valley before ascending the north slopes. This avoided the bushwhacking and the talus slopes although we lost time route-finding because of a cliff band.

When we reached Little McDougal we found a new summit register courtesy of the Alpine Club of Canada. Later I learned that an entry was made after ours that related a helicopter rescue for a sprained ankle. Must be from that miserable talus slope!

We hiked about 1.5 km along the ridge before turning back when we hit a sheer drop. We couldn't go around the drop because of snow.

After ascending this slope I went right to scope a steep gully.

The gully proves to be too steep for me (mouse over for a close-up).

We find easier terrain on our left.

Eventually we get on a scree slope.

Mount Kidd rises behind.

On Little McDougall

Coming down from Little McDougall we lose 60 m.

We start along the ridge for Mount McDougall

Looking back at Little McDougall

Some interesting rocks

Looking back

Little McDougall (centre) recedes in the distance as we venture along the ridge. Mouse over
for the view ahead.

We pass a huge cornice.

The ridge is mostly a hike.

Little McDougall takes on the air of a big peak.

Striations in the ridge south

As far as we got

Crossing a snow slope on the way back.

On our way back we noticed that the blue sky east juxtaposed with dark clouds north.

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