A partial panorama from the top

"Haig Ridge"
Castle Wilderness
, Alberta
February 17, 2002

This trip starts at the Castle Mountain Ski Resort, a half hour's drive west of Pincher Creek, and climbs the northeast ridge of Mount Haig. At the lunch spot we split up into two groups. A more leisurely group took a long lunch before turning around. Dinah Kruze, Lori Badran and I pushed on to the top of the ridge. Just before the ridge crest we were able to remove our snowshoes and continue on foot to the top where we were treated to great views, not to mention a mountain goat that quickly fled before I could take out my camera.

On the return (route not shown on the map) we dropped down to the valley and followed Gravenstafel Brook back. It turned into a stunning canyon. While it was beautiful it was also difficult to snowshoe down. Eventually the three of us emerged from the canyon and caught up with the rest of our group.


Heading up a cutline


We passed intertwined trees on the ascent


The ski hill is in the background


Burnaby Ridge behind us


We split up soon after I took this photo


Dinah, Lori and I continued up the ridge


The ridge leads to Mount Haig seen here


The grade eases before the top


Lori hams it up


Lori and Dinah make their way to the high point on the ridge


On top in front of the cairn


Heading back


Lori slides down


Returning via the creek


The creek drops into a canyon


We lose the sun as we dropped down to the creek


Negotiating the narrow confines of the creek


82 G/8 Beaver Mines

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