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Red Ridge (NW ridge approach)
Kananaskis Park
February 14, 2004

When Dinah and I climbed Red Ridge last summer, I realized it would make a good winter ascent. We invited Anita and Mike to join us. Starting south of the Sparrowhawk Recreation parking lot, we headed up the NW ridge on snowshoes. The grade was easy and after 2 hours we popped out of the trees onto the ridge and into sunshine. This was about halfway up, both in elevation and in distance. Much of the ridge was dry after this point. After stashing our snowshoes, we continued up the ridge on foot. We hit a couple of deep snow pockets, but after that it was careful scrambling in the snow and rocks.

Near the summit we startled four pure white ptarmigans. 2.5 hours after dropping our snowshoes we were on the top. I tried to take a 360* panorama but my batteries died.

Postscript: We returned and snowshoed Red Ridge in 2006 taking a slightly more direct route.

MOVIE (1:00)


Anita, Mike and Dinah follow in my tracks


Gentle grade up the wooded slope


Coming out of the forest


The view ahead after leaving the forest


We drop our snowshoes and set off on foot. I like to stick my snowshoes
upright in the snow so I can spot them easily on our return.


We continued along the ridge on foot


Shortly after dropping our snowshoes, we hit deep snow but it doesn't last long


Mike dropped into a hole hidden under the snow


Mike peers over a cliff


Scrambling on the ridge. Spray Lakes sets the background.


Easy scrambling as we head to the summit


Relaxing near the summit


Heading back


82 J/14 Spray Lakes Reservoir

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