The popular route to the summit of Whaleback Ridge begins well south and includes a traverse of the ridge. Lacking daylight for such a long trip we decided on a more direct route. We parked at a turn-off where a road runs south and parallel to Highway 922. This put us west of a gap between Black Mountain and an unnamed ridge. After going through the gap and going south in the valley a short way, we easily reached the summit.
We couldn't be sure where the exact summit was as there was no marker; nothing showing above the snow. But we tramped around and covered the highest points on the ridge before turning around.
Although we had no trouble accessing the cattle land, Gerry Richardson, Event Co-ordinator Calgary Outdoor Club, emailed me a caveat.
We headed across the field toward the gap
Behind is one of a few fences we had to climb over
Almost at the gap where we came to a road that we would use to get us through
After passing through the gap I stopped to get my bearings
Fungi create a staircase up a tree
Before we reach the ridge on the left, we have to cross the drainage below it
Crossing the frozen creek
Grass frosted and frozen in the creek
After reaching the ridge we head to the summit
The sunny, bare slopes behind looked more enticing than where we were!
Looking for the highest point on the ridge
To the west is an unnamed ridge that I reached earlier in the year when I climbed Chimney Rock
As we headed back we see Saddle Mountain and Chimney Rock (mouse over)
The sun set as we hiked along the road through the gap
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