These are some photos from climbing and hiking around Alberta in Sept 2009.
There are some from Kid Goat with Scott and Amy as well as a weekend of
climbing, hiking, and camping with my beautiful wife.

Kid Goat 12 Sept 2009


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After a pretty steep hike in, I climbed with Scott Paterson, Amy, and their friend Tyrell
at Kid Goat, near Yamnuska in the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains. This is Scott at the base of the climbs.


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Here is the view looking back down to the Bow Valley. That's Scott belaying his friend.


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I wound up leading (with a short break to empty my pants) a strong 5.10b with one tough move through
a roof. It was a full 35m with not the most protection I've ever seen. This is from the top of that
climb looking back to Yamnuska (the fin-shaped rock).


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Panoramic of Yamnuska looking out into the prairies.


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More of the Bow River Valley from the top of Kid Goat.


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Scott and his wife Amy before we headed out for the day. While we didn't do a lot of routes that day,
it felt like we still did a lot of climbing. Thanks for letting me tag along folks.

Hiking, camping, and climbing with Natalia 26-27 Sept 2009


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Even though Natalia wasn't feeling 100%, she still decided to join me for a weekend in the mountains.
We started it off with a decent day hike up Yamnuska. Here is Natalia at the trailhead with Yam behind her.


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Quite quickly, we ascended to a decent vantage point. Natalia hiked with a cup of tea for most of the
day to try to calm her chest cold.


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From here, it seems like a long way up.


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Once we got to the top of the hike portion, Natalia decided she was up for the scramble to the top.
It turns out that we went the "adventurous" trail up, but we descended back through this chimney in the
rock.


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From the top of the hike on Yam, you can look out to the north and see some of the Ghost Range below.
That limestone looks quite dramatic with light on it.


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I set up my camera to get a picture of Natalia and I before we started to scramble.


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This is Natalia at the point where the "adventurous" portion of the scramble turned back into
an actual trail. Check out the bright fall colours behind Natalia.


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We scrambled the rest of the way to the top to have a view. Natalia crept out on the summit to look down
the climbing side of the mountain. From that point on, she was a little more cautious about where she
walked on the top.


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Natalia looking out from the summit.


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Natalia looking down to the Bow Valley. It seems pretty high!


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We wound up on the top of the first portion of the fin. You can see the rest of Yam above me to
my left shoulder.


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You can see the rest of Yam from this shot.


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Natalia and I used some of our wedding money at MEC (thanks Erik, Earl, Amie, Allison, and Jason)
to buy zip-together sleeping bags and Natalia's hot camping booties. She liked these so much,
she refused to take them off the next day.


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I think the temperature hit about -8 deg C at our campsite in Bow Valley Prov Park. Here is
Natalia soaking up the sun along the Bow River, and sporting her new booties.


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Even though Natalia didn't feel well, we still hit up Wasootch for some sport climbing. And no,
she didn't climb in her booties. The socks are quite stylish though.


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This is the top of a climb on A rock at Wasootch. Nice work Natalia!

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