I had the pleasure of taking a couple of days vacation and got a couple of
good scrambles in with some friends. But, first are a couple of photos and videos
of Henry.


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Here is Henry eating corn. It turns out he loves corn-on-the-cob.


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Henry is trying to help his Mom water her plants.

Video of Henry playing with bubbles on the deck


Video of Henry playing with gravel at the park



Climbing Mt Lougheed with Dan

HERE is a description of this hike.


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We decided to go up Spencer Creek rather than do the Nugara scramble to get to Lougheed 1. This
creek area is gorgeous and looks like there should be little gremlins or trolls hanging out here.


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Here's Dan with his cool new hat in the Spencer Creek area.


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After a solid hour of hiking up the creek drainage, we had a decent view at our end goal - Mt Lougheed.


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Even though there was pretty substantial smoke in the area from the fires burning down south,
we still got a few decent views. I liked these meadows and the look west into the pass was cool too.


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The big wall to the south of Spencer Creek drainage is Mt Sparrowhawk. It's quite a decent hunk of rock.


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This is Dan a few kms up towards Lougheed, on the scree cone.


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Looking back through the pass. I think this is Ribbon Peak through the pass.


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This gives an idea of some of the light scrambling on the route. Overall, I'd call this
a strong hike with a tiny amount of scrambling thrown in.


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Here you see the cairn and the notch we'll be hiking through.


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Here's Dan tying his shoe near the summit. The better part of two thirds of this scramble
is scree, so it was definitely a lot of effort.

Video of Dan on the summit with a look around the area



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Dan, on the summit of Lougheed #2.


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Here I am on Lougheed #2.


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Gazing off wistfully in the distance.

Video of the crazy wind on the scree cone of Lougheed



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Dan coming down a small scrambling section. The total climb was ~1400m elevation gain, and took us
just over 8 hours with 5 to go up and 3 to come down.


Hiking Big Sister with Scotty, Sept 1, 2015


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Scotty and I try to do some summer adventures and winter adventures. He tends to set the objectives
in the summer and I do in the winter. This trip the weather dealt us a bit of a challenge
so we bailed on our plan for Brewer's Buttress on Castle and went for a scramble up Big Sister
isntead. Here's the view looking to the front range.


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The scramble goes up a pretty steep drainage from near the Spray Lakes dam. After a steep hour of
hiking, we got out of the trees, but also ~600 m of elevation gain. Then, we got into a fair amount of
broken rock with a strong lean back and to the right. Here you see Scott on top of some of this rock.


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This was one of the options we decided against climbing up.


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This is looking down from about two-thirds of the way up the summit. We had been snowed on a bit
(although it was mostly groppel), and the wind was howling pretty hard. I was happy we had chosen
hiking rather than climbing on this day.


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We decided to do a bit more technical an approach rather than the easy approach. This gives an idea of
the slope of friction limestone we walked up.


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Scotty looking down to Sisters Pass.


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Scotty looking down at the town of Canmore.


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You can see a bit of the snow on the final approach past the 'pinnacles' to the summit.


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Me, looking down at Spray Lakes from a 'pinnacle'. I would call these rock blocks, but
Kane calls them pinnacles.


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Scotty on the summit of Big Sister.


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One sister down, two to go.

Video of a look around the summit of Big Sister



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Scott was reading the guidebook trying to sort out what our best descent option was. He had
taken a photo of it on his phone. It turns out we screwed up anyway and wound up going down
the slightly wrong drainage, but it all wound up at our car anyway.


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This was the only route-finding screw-up I had. This canyon wall just stopped on me, so I had to
turn around and go back to where Scott had found a cairn and crossed the canyon.

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