Whaleback Ridge
Alberta
December 8, 2007

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.

KML Track

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)


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


82 J/1 Langford Creek

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