Here are some photos of our climb up Mt McGillivray along with Henry and Grace and Grandma G.


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Grace had a chance to spend some time with Henry at Calaway Park on their way back from Banff.
Here she is in the truck ride.


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Henry and Grace loving the truck ride.


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Since Henry doesn't really like the carousel except on the bench seat, Grace and Renee joined he
and Natalia on the bench seat and they had fun.


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My mom stayed with us for three nights in July. We were able to show her our terrific neighbourhood
convenience store with all of its ice cream glory.


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Here's Henry showing off the water backpack cannon from Carl and Jen. He really likes to use it to
water Mommy's plants and to spray people.


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Here he is at ~7 in the morning in his PJs spraying me and giggling about it.


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My mom bought Henry some very cool puzzles and here they are making puzzles on our dining table.
I really like this picture of my Mom here, smiling with her new Garmin Vivofit3!


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Here's Henry loving his DQ sundae. Why don't they make a kid's size??

Climbing Mt McGillivray


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Since Dan had this hike on his tick list from many many moons ago, we decided to try our hand at it.
With a reasonably early start, but a poor weather forecast, we thought we'd give it a run armed with
the Nugara 'More Scrambles' book and some good energy. Here are
Carl and Dan after we bushwhacked our way through the first few km of this hike. One of these days
I'll stop getting off-route at the beginning of hikes.


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Dan hiking up some scree about 90 minutes into our morning. That's the Bow Valley and Canmore
visible below us.


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Carl with a terrible-looking helmet and Pigeon Mountain behind him.


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The route for this summit is one of the squirrelliest I've seen in a long time. After a couple of
big scree bowl side-slopes, you make your way to a break in the rock and shimmy your way up a
pretty ugly couloir. I say ugly since it was spitting huge rocks down the slope the whole time
we were in it. Needless to say, we went one at a time, even with helmets.


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Dan is working his way up the rock couloir.


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Once breaking free of the ridge, we then opened up to another scree slope that we had to side hill across.
There is another route above the rock band, but we weren't that interested in getting lost again.


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Here's some of the low quality rock that we navigated through.


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I thought this dried-out waterfall looked really neat.


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This is the far corner of the route, where we traversed under and around a rock band, and then
made our way up the 'path of least resistance'. Here is Dan making a cairn to ensure we don't miss
our way down and plummet to our deaths below the cliffs.


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After fighting through some rough scree and talus, and one of the more challenging route-finding
to get our way up a 'neat ascent route', we gained the sub-peak of Mt McGillivray. The true summit
is up a ways further, but judging by the darkness of these clouds, we decided to turn and head for home.


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Another shot of Carl on the sub-peak.


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I've been pretty pleased with my La Sportiva boots. They take a beating and keep on kicking.


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Yeah, the thunder and lightning shortly after we got off the summit told us we made a good choice.


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Coming back down the first major scree field to the 'corner'.

Video of the 'corner' on the Mt McGillivray route:



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The north buttress is visible as we're making our way off the last major scree slope. This is the spot
that had gotten Dan stuck many years ago. I'd say we solved the route-finding, but the route itself
is definitely not my favourite and not one I'll do again any time soon.


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My Garmin Connect data on the outing. The 60 floors bit made me laugh. 60 flights of stairs would
have been a LOT easier than fighting through scree. 3500 calories burned tells the story here.


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I thought the average heart rate and the elevation profile were pretty cool.


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Here's our route for anyone wanting to do this route again. It might actually be easier in winter with
a solid freeze and skis.


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Full data on the hike.

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