"White Ridge"
Whaleback Area, alberta
May 3, 2008

We returned to the Whaleback area, Bob Creek Wildland to be precise, hoping to find terrain free from snow. We intended to follow a 4x4 road from Chimney Rock Road to Chaffen Ridge but after starting out we soon reached deep snow. The road goes over an unnamed ridge before reaching Chaffen Ridge and since it wasn’t practical to go all the way to Chaffen Ridge because of the snow, we settled on hiking along the unnamed ridge. Since this ridge follows next to White Creek I call it “White Ridge.”

While hiking up the road we missed the turnoff so we bushwhacked to the ridge crest. As ridge walks go, this one was rather boring, the scenery unvarying and mostly uninteresting. On the return we hooked up with the road we should have taken and followed it from the crest to the junction we had missed earlier.

This trip would have been easily forgotten if we hadn’t come across a male spruce grouse courting a female on the ridge. We spent several minutes watching and video recording the bird as it puffs up its chest to make an odd sound. This fascinating display made the trip worthwhile.

KLM Track


Hiking up the road


Snow covers the road part way up the ridge.


Heading south after reaching the ridge


East Peak of Chaffen Ridge on the left


We reached the high point on the right


Chimney Rock (mouse over for a close up)


Heading back


This female blue grouse ...


...is being courted by this male


Mating display (0:33)


Hiking down the ridge-top road


Last look at the ridge before we leave it.


Ruff grouse


82 J/1 Langford Creek


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