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Distance: 10 km
Elevation gain: 1020 m
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This was the second summit in our two-summit weekend. I'd done it before in 2012 and directions can be found in that report, but this was the first time Sandra made the ascent. Given the spectacular views from the top and the relatively early and late dates this peak can be ascended, I suspect we'll be back again soon!

This time the ascent was slightly trickier due to snow. While the trail to the pass and the long scree slog to the summit were bone dry, the section between them - the "ribbed" section - had extensive snow sections on the north side of each rib. Normally this section involves easy scrambling over each rib and is actually quite fun, but with the snow the fun component became somewhat dangerous as a slip on the hard snow would have sent you careening into trees or rocks. Crampons and an ice axe would have made life much easier and safer, but we got by with a few detours to avoid the worst sections and strenuous kick-stepping on the easier sections. I will note that in the grand scheme of things these were very minor snow slopes, so anyone with experience on snow likely would have no trouble or fear; we're just a bit green on that type of terrain.

The views from the top are spectacular and a rock windbreak keeps the wind at bay. It's a vertical drop just meters beyond the windbreak, however, so be very aware of your surroundings. Anyone who gets vertigo (as Sandra and I do) will definitely want to avoid looking down!

Categories & Keywords
Category:Lifestyle and Recreation
Subcategory:Outdoors
Subcategory Detail:Hiking
Keywords:Kananaskis, Windtower, hiking, scrambling