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Haig Ridge
Castle Provincial Park Alberta
February 17, 2002

Distance: 8.0 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 810 m

Our trip for Haig Ridge started at the Castle Mountain Ski Resort, a half hour's drive west of Pincher Creek. From the resort, we climbed the northeast ridge of Mount Haig. After reaching the treeline, we stopped for lunch. Here 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 high point on 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 fine winter views, not to mention a mountain goat that fled before I could pull out my camera.

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

KML and GPX Tracks

Heading up a cutline

We passed intertwined trees on the ascent

The ski hill, Gravenstafel ridge, lies 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 made their way to the highest point on the ridge

On top in front of the cairn

Looking northwest down the valley

Heading back

Lori and Dinah stop on an outcrop

Lori slides down

Returning via the creek

The creek drops into a canyon

We lost the sun as we dropped down to the creek

We passed an icefall

Negotiating the narrow confines of the creek

82 G/8 Beaver Mines

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