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Morrowmount
Kananaskis, Alberta
April 10, 2004

When Dinah and I climbed Exshaw Ridge two weeks earlier, I saw this gold and silver mountain which impressed me to no end. Naturally I wanted to climb it. We would have fared better had we waited until later in the season, when we didn't have to posthole up a snow-covered creekbed, and when we didn't have to contend with the icy slabs below the summit that nearly stopped us.

The trip started at Jura Creek, up a popular trail. It leads to a false fault and canyon. Beyond that there was no trail, just a long stretch of valley. As hiked, we focused on Morrowmount ahead; its lower orange slopes and upper gray ridge are easily recognized.

After hiking 9 km up Jura Creek, nearly to the end of the creek, we headed straight up the ridge from the junction of a gully and Jura Creek. Before reaching the top of the ridge, we detoured right and around some cliffs. Once on the ridge, we continued hiking up. The grade was easy and the scree under our feet changed from orange to gray. Just before the top, we hit steep slabs. Although not a problem in dry conditions, much of the slabs were under snow, and we had to search for a dry section to climb up. Minutes later, we arrived on the summit where we were rewarded with far-ranging mountain views.

KML Track


Our approximate ascent route


Coming out the canyon on Jura Creek


The long approach up Jura Creek valley


The orange ridge we wanted to ascend can be seen from a distance


We'll soon leave Jura Creek to climb the orange ridge


Pausing before starting our ascent. Nearly half the elevation has been climbed. Morrowmount in the background.


Starting up the scree slope


Looking down at the creek


We had to circumvent towering cliffs


Looking back


Near the top of the orange ridge


On the ridge looking back at Mount Fable


The entire trip was mostly a hike


We bypassed a minor point on the ridge


The ridge crest continues on gray rock


Hiking up the gray scree


Negotiating slabs just below the summit. Exshaw Ridge lies below us.


Mount Yamnuska


Almost at the summit


Soft scree made for a quick descent


Coming down the scree


Heading back down Jura Creek


We often broke through the snow crust


Coming down the false fault


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