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Upper Canyon Creek, North Fork
Peak 427439, Peak 412442

Kananaskis, Alberta
May 22, 2000

I remember little of bagging the two peaks, but the rock formations on this trip left a lasting impression, truly amazing! And it was a delightful ridgewalk. The area is easily accessed from the north fork of Upper Canyon Creek. After hiking to Peak 427439, we followed the ridge as close as we could and scrambled up Peak 412442, or as I like to simplify them, Peaks 42 and 41. As I recall, the final ascent was a moderate scramble with exposure.

I wanted to push on to climb Peak 409435 (Peak 40), but my companions bailed because of strong winds. I do want to return to do the complete ridge walk.

Hiking up the drainage

The right fork leads to this valley. We ascended the ridge on the right.

On the summit of Peak 42

From Peak 42, olistoliths – weird rocks – can be seen. Peak 41 is left.

We headed to the rocks

This huge rock takes on the likeness of a dinosaur head

Another olistolith, the "boxing glove." Note the figure on the right.

More strange rock

Rick and Kari in a tiny cave (mouse over for a close-up)

On the ridge

Heading to Peak 41

Short scramble before reaching the top

Ahead is Peak 40

Another oddball rock partway down the slope

More unusual rock

View from across the valley of the rocks we had visited earlier

Shark-like rock appears to be attacking Marina!

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