Graham and I got to spend a day in the (hot) alpine to climb a peak that's been on
my tick list for a few years - Wind Mountain, also known as Mt Lougheed 4 since it's the
fourth peak of this massif. It was a smoking hot day and I overheated and swelled my
feet, but as always a day in the mountains with Graham is ALWAYS wonderful!

First, a video of the boys killing it in the pool


And then jumping into the pool



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Our first day as a family at Calaway Park was a bit on the hot side, but the boys still loved it.
Here's the jalopy ride.

Wind Mountain with Graham


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The start of Wind Mtn route begins at the very busy Ribbon Falls trailhead and quickly goes through a
very well-maintained trail. It winds up the North Ribbon Creek and has exposure to many nice waterfalls
like this one. Wind Mountain itself is listed at 3153m top elevation making it taller than the main Lougheed
summit by 46m although I'd say Lougheed 1 is definitely more legit of a scramble. This whole massif
was originally called Wind Mountain during the Palliser Expedition in 1858, but the first three peaks were
renamed in honour of Senator James Lougheed. The last peak was formally renamed back to Wind Mountain in
1983.

Funny tree moving in the stream - NOT a bear!



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Graham with our first good look at Mt Bogart and the lower Bogart Tower. Lots of cool rock on this trip!


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Me scratching my face with a neat waterfall on the upper section of the North Ribbon Creek trail.


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Not the best image of Western anemone but it was everywhere on this outing.


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First look at the Lougheed 4 peak - Wind Mountain.


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One of my mountain favourites - Forget-Me-Not.


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Graham called this a purple vetch of some kind.


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Gorgeous alpine meadow. This is the sort of area that I wish everyone could access without spending
2.5 hours of trekking to get to. Absolutely beautiful morning and wildflowers everywhere.


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Looking back at Ribbon Peak, and Mt Bogart to the right.


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Me and Ribbon Peak.


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At the head of the valley, it turns into a talus field. This is a good look that we should have realized
shows us the better path (left side) up the drainage rather than right side.


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We started running out of rock and moving onto the snowfield. I suspect most or all of this would be
gone by mid-July or earlier every year, making this an easier outing.


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Interesting-looking chunk of limestone.


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Graham says 'snow is easy travel!'


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Snowfield with a bit of watermelon algae (the slightly pink hue).


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Trekking up the snow patch.


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Snow spider finding his lunch.


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So, Graham and I made a tactical error and went right when we should have gone left. This resulted
in a bit closer to climbing than scrambling along with some challenging snow work.


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Some of the more technical bits of the hike.


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About the closest to 'mixed climbing' I do these days.


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This gives an idea of the transition between snow and rock. There's a healthy gap between the two
and I'm very happy that the snow didn't fail as we moved between them.


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Graham put in the uptrack to get us up and off the snowfield. Good day to have the microspikes, although
I do have to note that Graham, the aspiring guide, talked me out of bringing my ice axe on this day.


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The last exit to get back to the main trail. This was a good day not to have a healthy fear of heights for sure.


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Graham went down to the lower nose to ensure that this is actually the correct exit for this route, and to
ensure that we wouldn't have to down climb the garbage we just went up. Check out the sweet rock wall along the
inside of this drainage. This is actually part of Mt Sparrowhawk on the right side and Mt Bogart on the left side.


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Making his way to the summit block along some generally easy slab sections.


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Following the path of least resistance.


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Graham on the last section before the summit push. He says 'Wind is rad man!'


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First look at Mt Assiniboine along with looking down to the Spray Lakes Reservoir through the
Lougheed drainage.


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Some of the scrambling bits along the finish to the summit.

View from the summit (Paul)


View from the summit (Graham)



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View of me and Mt Assiniboine at the summit of Wind Mountain.


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Graham and I say 'Wind is rad'.


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Graham thinks the sharp-looking peak here is Eon Mountain with Assiniboine on the far right.


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Graham downclimbing the crux of this route. Definitely no need of rope here but a slip would
wind up causing cheese grater injuries and a loss of pride at the least.


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After bum scootching a section near the top to exit, I felt a lot happier on solid footing.


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Cliff to the left of Graham downclimbing. This would be the connection to the Lougheed traverse but
I actually think the better traverse is likely right from the summit and down to the north-west ridge.


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Lougheed 1-2-3 looking to the northwest. This was still one of my favourite climbs done with Louis and Graham.


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Graham descending some of the super pleasant snow slopes.


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Graham wanted a pic of me with my dorky gaiters on the exit snow slopes.

Video of Graham enjoying the snow



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Hard to really capture how cool this site felt - water rushing down and under the snow, rock walls all around us
and a perfect weather (albeit hot) day in the mountains.


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Graham stepping through the ACTUAL descent portion of the route. Relatively simple scramble when you're
not trying to navigate snow bridges and rock climbing.


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Pointing down to the exit near the waterfall.


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White flower that Graham called alpine something else , and I initially thought was rock jasmine.


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Orange-coloured mushrooms on our exit hike. This *might* be orange fly agaric, but I'm sure I need
to bone up on my fungus!


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Rushing whitewater on the lower portion of the north Ribbon creek.


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Paul says it's fun to spend a day in the alpine with Graham! What I should have done here though is taken my boots off and cooled
the old dogs since I wound up with pretty overheated and swollen feet at the end of this outing.

Garmin Connect data HERE with highlight data of 1700m elevation climbed, ~35 distance, and ~5000 calories burned.
The GPS calls out ~47km, but that's in 'Ultratrac' mode and you know my opinion of that feature.

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