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North Kent Outlier
Kananaskis, Alberta
December 26, 2009

I thought that the little unnamed ridge west of North Kent would make a good winter ascent but I was surprised to find a trip report on the internet: Tony Daffern had ascended the outlier only two weeks earlier. Sonny, Dinah and I took advantage of his route.

The Sawmill parking lot was closed so we parked by the road and headed out. We took the first left turn by mistake, quickly corrected it, and got back on track. We were intimidated by the maze of logging roads, some of which were so overgrown as to blend in with the forest. But in a short time we hit upon snowshoe tracks likely laid down a fortnight ago by Tony. The tracks were only partially filled so breaking trail required little effort.

After passing the treeline we dropped our snowshoes in the shallow snow and hiked to the summit. We spent nearly half an hour taking photos and having lunch. There was no breeze but we moved down from the summit a short distance where it was warmer to eat and view the surrounding peaks under cobalt skies in relative comfort.

Sonny's Trip Report
GPX and KML Tracks


The outlier and North Kent above a snow-covered parking lot


The first logging roads were spacious


Views to the west open up as we ascended


As we climbed, the logging roads became more confined


We reached the treeline


We removed our snowshoes and set off on foot


This big horn sheep kept ahead of us


Impressive cliffs


Same as above except Sonny comes into view


Looking north down the valley


Sonny peers over the edge (mouse over to pull back)


We found a trail higher up


The grade eased as we neared the summit


Arriving at the summit


Sonny and Dinah are close behind me


Summit shot


On the way down, Dinah and I aim our cameras at each other (mouse over for Dinah's shot
)


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