Once we descended the North Ridge of Mount Woolley to the col, we found ourselves staring up at the easy, snow and scree covered South Ridge of Diadem Peak. There wasn't much in the way of difficulties or route finding to the summit of Diadem. It was one tired foot in front of the other!
For my last weekend off at the end of the summer holidays, I was joined by Ben and Steven for a shot at some peaks in the Woolley / Diadem area just north of the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park.
Obviously Woolley and Diadem were the main objectives for us, but we also had some other summits in mind - naturally!! :)
I was back with the boyz from Edmonton for the September long weekend of 2014. Ben, Eric and Steven made the drive to Okotoks on Friday evening and had an interesting snooze in the McDonald's parking lot there. Sounds fun! NOT. ;) Our plan was to scramble one of the easiest 11,000ers, Mount Harrison. While we were in the area we planned to also summit Mount Folk and Smith Peak.
In north-central Saskatchewan there is a town called Missinipe which is the base for a paddler's paradise of rivers and lakes nestled in the gorgeous geology that is the Canadian Shield which is the backbone of Canada and among the oldest surface rock on the planet.
Saturday afternoon was warm and after climbing King George and Princess Mary we had a very hot descent and ascent from the south bivy site to the Prince Albert ("Normal" King George) lower bivy site. This site is huge, I'm sure 20 or 30 people could fit on it! We had it to ourselves and spent the late afternoon resting and preparing for Sunday.
After descending the glacier and loose scree of King George's upper mountain, we realized that with a whole afternoon still ahead of us and perfect weather, we should attempt a scramble of Mount Princess Mary. After all, there was no way we were slogging all the way back here again - no matter how beautiful it was! ;)
The first ascent of King George was in 1919. The second ascent wasn't until 52 years later in 1970! I'm sure this mostly has to do with the demanding and remote approach rather than the climb itself. There are enough possible routes and interesting lines on this mountain that I'm sure if the approach was easier and more accessible there would be many more ascents than there is today.
On Sunday, August 3 2014, I took my family on a day hike that I'd wanted to do for a long time already - Picklejar Lakes. There are a couple of scrambles in the area but I was fairly certain that I wouldn't be doing those - I'd save them for another day. Lineham Ridge and "Picklejar Peak" (a GR nearby).