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Ridge 735663
Kananaskis, Alberta
July 9, 2011

The Kananaskis Country Trail Guide recommends doing Ridge 735663 as a traverse, but after taking care of some necessary business in the morning, Dinah and I only had time for a quick trip to the summit. And since the guidebook indicated a 700 m gain, we expected to get some exercise. However, the elevation gain proved to be only 500 m.

The trip began like a lion but soon turned into a lamb. After ascending a steep, rugged slope, the climb relaxed into a plod with little variety. We followed the ridge to the summit. The views were far from outstanding, but we were jaded since we had climbed many of the surrounding peaks, all of them higher than Ridge 735663. But despite the familiar scenery, and despite a strong wind that attempted to blunt our spirits, it still felt good to get out into the mountains.

KML and GPX Tracks

The trailhead: we started up the slope, keeping right


We climbed alongside a bluff until it petered out


Dinah climbs the rocks behind me


Soon after gaining the ridge, we broke out onto a meadow


We followed alongside a drainage for hundreds of metres. East Peak of Pasque Mountain behind.


The grassy slope was rather monotonous


It eventually reaches trees


In the distance we see ... a false summit


Raspberry Ridge lies northwest


Heading to the false summit


True summit seen from the false summit


Looking back along the ridge


Looking at the lower north summit from the true summit


View ahead of the ridge


Looking back at Dinah


Greenish blue gossamer wing butterfly on a Forget-Me-Not


82 J/2 Fording River

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