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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. And I wanted to climb it. We would have fared better had we waited until later in the season; there was much postholing along the creek bed and snow-covered slabs below the summit nearly stopped us.

The trip started at Jura Creek. After hiking 9 km, 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 a rock outcrop. Once on the ridge, we continued hiking up. The grade was easy and the rocks 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.

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 could 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


Near the top of the orange ridge


On the ridge looking back at Mount Fable (click for a larger image)


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 below us.


Mount Yamnuska


Almost at the summit


Soft scree 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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