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Mount McNab
Kananaskis, Alberta
February 26, 2011

I had been saving Mount McNab for a day when Dinah and I had little time or little ambition, and on this day we had little of both. The diminutive mountain rises only 250 m above the winter trailhead (the access road to Sheep River is closed for the season), but the 90 m drop to the river adds considerable elevation. And after throwing in other elevation losses and gains, not to mention a tacked-on excursion to the west peak, we climbed nearly 700 m in total.

After parking at the entrance of the access road and with snowshoes in hand, we walked a few hundred metres down the road. The first part of the road was well traveled, but well before reaching Sheep River we had to strap on our snowshoes. We crossed the snow-covered river and easily climbed the south bank by following snowmobile tracks. When the tracks ended at the edge of the woods, we ascended the east ridge to nab McNab. Since trees choked the summit, we continued to the lower west peak hoping it would provide better views. It did, but not by much. One does not climb Mount McNab for expansive views.


Heading down the access road, the east ridge of McNab ahead


Crossing Sheep River


Following the edge of an eroding slope (mouse over to look back)


False summit ahead


True summit


No bushwhacking as we head to the summit


Just before the summit, the slopes open up only to close in on the top


Halfway to the West Peak we see Junction Mountain (mouse over for a close-up)


The West Peak


The summit of the West Peak is open to the sky, but tall trees prevent good views


Shunga-la-she (fills the photo) seen from the West Peak


82 J/10 Mount Rae

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