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

The long approach up Jura Creek valley

The orange ridge is noticeable from a distance. Look for it after passing Goat Mountain.

Leaving Jura Creek to start our ascent. At this point, nearly half the elevation has been climbed.
Morrowmount rises in the background.

Starting up the 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

Hiking up the scree

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

Mount Yamnuska

Almost at the summit

Good scree for a quick descent

Negotiating Jura Creek: we often broke through the snow crust

82 O/3 Canmore