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post #961 of (permalink) Old 04-01-2016, 01:24 AM
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Early evening quick jog up Exshaw Mountain. It is actually decent exercise as there is > 400 vertical. There is better access than described in Daffern book as I discovered on descent. After crossing bridge over Exshaw creek, go left (not right) and walk for 5-6 mins to children playground. At far end there is tons of flags marking switchbacking trail mostly in the open. It is well flagged and cairned all the way up. Trail is now entirely dry, but continuing along the ridge towards the col between Exshaw Mtn and Exshaw ridge still has plenty of snow. Pic of big smoke from halfway up:



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Conditions on Mt. Aylmer:

Trail to Aylmer lookout is bone dry, ridge past the lookout has snow patches and some bushwhacking. Aylmer Pass trail is snowbound in upper part and sometimes hard to follow. Scree slopes on scramble part have soft snow & are best avoided at the moment. If staying on the ridge it is dry, but there is 1 difficult downclimb. Final scree slope leading to summit is dry.



Beware of ticks! Lots in Minnie area right now, I shook off several after the hike, only to find another one next morning in the bed. Check yourself well.
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Ever wondered how that huge waterfall draining lower Grassi Lake into Rundle Forebay looks up close and personal? (not easy getting here for a shot)

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post #964 of (permalink) Old 05-25-2016, 05:36 AM
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Moraine Lake road opened & silly season started. Steady line of vehicles in both directions, backed up parking, Keens and Nikons and screams all over the rock pile (no, it's not pikas). But it is still hard to take away magnificence of this corner of the Rockies

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Went up Roche Perdrix near Jasper yesterday. The route is in good shape with only a few small snow patches that don't pose a problem. No ice axe required. From across the valley it looked like Roche Miette still had a bit of snow on the summit block scramble and peak but might be attainable.
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post #966 of (permalink) Old 06-21-2016, 04:40 AM
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Anyone interested in Fuhrmann Ledges (Louise to O'Hara traverse via Abbott Pass), it is not in shape yet. Scree cone on East side of Lefroy above Vic Glacier you use to gain the ledges has snow; first part of ledges seems dry, but as you turn the corner it is all white again. Lots of releases in close vicinity from Lefroy all day long too. Pic is from June 20

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Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone has a fairly current photo (or some hands on knowledge) of Big Bend Peak from Parker Ridge? I am curious about conditions on BBP and Sask. Jr. as a possible trip this weekend.

A photo showing all or some of this would be fantastic!!
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post #968 of (permalink) Old 07-20-2016, 02:20 PM
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Hi all...will be visiting from BC next week and hiking Northover ridge in Kananaskis. I hiked this one years and years ago when I lived in Calgary, and excited to revisit this trip. Just wondering if anyone knows what the snow levels are like this year?

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You should be fine. Haven't been in the area this year, but I base this on conditions elsewhere. Also Hidden lake level is already low enough you can walk on the side without bushwhacking.
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Default Polinge Creek trail to Malinge Pass

I just did the trail on July 19th (2016). JNP didn't have a lot of info on the condition of the bridges at the time. I can say that as of the date that I hiked it 7 of the 8 bridge/log crossings are intact. Crossing 5 is usable, but only one log is in place, and it is cracked and resting on the creek bed. You can cross it, but since it is cracked it is steep on one side - and therefore very slippery in the rain.

Crossings 4 & 7 require a slight detour upstream. This has probably been the case for a while.

And yes, the section just north a Avalanche CG was very soggy.
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You should be fine. Haven't been in the area this year, but I base this on conditions elsewhere. Also Hidden lake level is already low enough you can walk on the side without bushwhacking.

Latest trail report was indicating some snow still at Three Isle (and strangely the snowpack report is still showing a fair bit of snow there). Not sure how this would carry over the ridge
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Here is a photo of the broken bridge on Poligne Creek as of Aug. 16. As stated, all the other bridges, as well as the one between Avalanche and Maligne Pass, are intact.
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Can anyone comment on whether there has been any snow deposited at higher elevations near the Saskatchewan River Crossing?

I'm hoping Sarbach is still in shape.
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Just a heads up for anyone who's thinking about any of the climbs around the northern winter gate on highway 40 (near the Kananaskis Lakes) --

I did King Creek Ridge on September 11, and it's all snow above the trees. Total whiteout the day we climbed, and it seems like enough accumulation to suspect that it won't be melting away after a few nice days. It was ankle deep near the summit, and things were getting very slippery on the slopes.

Time to make sure that you pack winter gear if you want to climb anything in that neighborhood.

EDIT: I'm afraid that my only picture from the summit is roughly potato quality... I'm not a big hiking photo guy, and I only carry my phone. Things were so wet and cold up there that it wasn't cooperating.
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Oct 11
This front that just passed has blanketed in white just about everything. Even something as simple as Grassi Lakes is slippery adventure. Here is pic in Many Springs (Bow Valley Provincial Park). Winter gate on, and lots of snow / ice

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Hidden Lake (Kananaskis Lakes area) in early November; what is impassable till late July due to high water level is now just a mud pit

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