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Mount Sparrowhawk
Kananaskis, Alberta
September 28, 2002
Distance: 11.9 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1350 m

Mount Sparrowhawk is straightforward ascent with great views. It uses the same approach as Read's Ridge, but leaves the ridge before the treeline. After losing some elevation, the route grinds up the scree below the summit block. The final section climbs the backside of Sparrowhawk. We encountered bad weather on the summit block, but I managed to take a panorama. On the descent we ventured north and came down a gully. Back in 2002, GPS receivers weren't very accurate, so take my track with a grain of salt.

KML and GPX Tracks

Mount Sparrowhawk seen from Goat Mountain

Hiking up the trail towards Read's Ridge

The summit block (left) and Read's Ridge (right)

After the scree slope ahead, we had trouble climbing up the steep rock because of ice and snow

Back on a talus slope

Wayne and Dinah are dwarfed by Read's Ridge

Looking back at Read's Ridge

Closing in on the summit block

Looking back at Spray Lakes and Read's Ridge

Final ascent is quite steep

On the summit

Coming down from the summit

Descending in bad weather

Wayne, Lori and Dinah take a break on the descent. The summit block is obscured.

Looking at the north end of Spray Lakes

Descending under dark skies

Crossing rock slabs on the descent

Heading back to our car

82 J/14 Spray Lakes

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