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

After climbing Volcano Peak last year, Dinah and 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 Volcano Peak 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 to Mount McDougall before turning back when we hit a sheer drop. We couldn't go around the drop because of snow. I took a panorama and we returned the same way.


Negotiating the trail alongside McDougall Creek


Hiking up a gully


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


The gully proved to be too steep for me


We found easier terrain on our left although still quite steep


Eventually we reached the scree slope


Mount Kidd rises behind


At the base of summit bump


On Volcano Peak


Coming down from the summit we lost 60 m


We started along the ridge for Mount McDougall


Looking back at Volcano Peak


Some interesting rocks


Looking back


Volcano Peak (centre) receded in the distance as we ventured along the ridge (mouse over for the view ahead)


We passed a huge cornice


Thus far, the ridge was mostly a hike


Volcano Peak takes on the air of a big peak


Striations in the ridge south


Crossing a snow slope


As far as we got


Heading back to Volcano Peak


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


82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir

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