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Topic "Another Arctic scramble (1 of 10)" started by Kerry Vizbar on Jan-25-2009
Topic "Most scenic scramble (1 of 8)" started by Marko Stavric on Jul-09-2007

Topic: Most scenic scramble (1 of 8)
Author: Marko Stavric
Date: Monday, July 09, 2007 10:28 AM

I mentioned this before and after going there again this Friday, I have to restate that Cirque Peak is my favorite scramble in terms of scenery.

Here are some photos:
http://public.fotki.com/markostavric/2007/20070706/

My top five list would probably also include Galatea, Mount Shark (minus the wide trail approach), Akamina Ridge and the Hawkins Horseshoe.

What would the rest of you say is your favorite scenic scramble?

Topic: Most scenic scramble (2 of 8)
Author: Mike Fisher
Date: Monday, July 09, 2007 11:33 AM

Cirque and Akimina are up there for me. I would add Mount Niles in Yoho. Brewster was also very nice with great views of Edith, Cory, Louis and Fifi as well as views all the way down the Cascade and Forty Mile Creek Valleys.

Topic: Most scenic scramble (3 of 8)
Author: Kevin Papke
Date: Monday, July 09, 2007 02:35 PM

Although it almost sounds like a cliche, the most scenic scramble has to be Temple. My God the views are outstanding.
Other worthy contenders are ...
Wilcox, easily made with Icefield views.
Cirque
Smuts
Mt Victoria, a scramble when without snow.

And most recently Inglismaldie, but the trip in really really really sucks, mosquitos, bushwacking, minimal trail, rotten rock and very little hands on fun. But the view is incredible.

Topic: Most scenic scramble (4 of 8)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Monday, July 09, 2007 02:38 PM

Ahhhh - so you made it eh Kev? How long did it take? What sort of condition is the 'trail' in?

Vern Dewit
http://www.fresh-oxygen.com
http://www.pbase.com/vdewit

Topic: Most scenic scramble (5 of 8)
Author: Calvin Damen
Date: Monday, July 09, 2007 04:18 PM

Hi Marko,

Great shots! I agree that Cirque has awesome views. The day I went it was so clear that I could not believe how many 11,000ers were visible. I could see Mount Columbia (just right of Howse), Mount Forbes, The Goodsir Towers, Mount Temple, and Mount Assiniboine. Besides that, the view of Dolomite Peak, the Wapta Icefield, Bow Lake and the Mistaya Valley were amazing.

Another peak that is an easy scramble but sports an amazing summit view is The Nub. I know it is not a Kane peak, but for a fan of Mount Assiniboine like myself there aren't too many better places to be. Assiniboine is at its best when seen from this angle and from the top you can see seven lakes at once.

Cal

Topic: Most scenic scramble (6 of 8)
Author: Ferenc Jacso
Date: Monday, July 09, 2007 06:59 PM

My most scenic scramble is quite often the one I did last... I always take lots of shots thinking this will beat anything that I did before. Then I realize that the computer screen is just a faint representation of the true view. I might stop taking cameras at all after a while.

Anyway, this one is really cool, have to add to my list. The colour and abundance of lakes is amazing as well as the Wapta and the peaks! Well done Marko, you picked a beautiful day.

Topic: Most scenic scramble (7 of 8)
Author: Andrew Nugara
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 02:07 PM

For me, the Blakiston Horseshoe route and Mount Alderson stand out for their amazing colours. At the risk of shamelessly plugging my book, Dungarvan is also outstanding - it's also very difficult scrambling with a brutal 2 hour bushwhack if the creek is too high.

Further north I agree that Cirque Peak is incredible and you can't go wrong with Temple. Prince George is also extremely scenic.

Andrew

Topic: Most scenic scramble (8 of 8)
Author: Marko Stavric
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 03:15 PM

Excellent! That gives me a few peaks to drag my camera up this summer. If there's any other suggestions please post them. I still haven't done Temple. I'm thinking I'll try to do it during a weekday to avoid the crowds.

Topic: Another Arctic scramble (1 of 10)
Author: Kerry Vizbar
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009 08:37 PM

Today, Marko, Matt and I headed out to Cirque Peak, armed with snowshoes and avalanche gear. It was -36 when we stopped at Laggan's for a quick breakfast at 6:45 and we may have had a few quiet second thoughts in the parking lot at Helen Creek.

Thankfully, shortly after we started moving up the trail we became quite warm. The ski tracks were very hard packed, so we stuck to the already broken trail without punching through. Because of this, we made good time up to the ridge east of Helen Lake, and got some great photos - this would be the theme for the day. The sky was mostly clear with great views, except for a squall of some sort over the front ranges that headed west, around 12:30.

We traversed this ridge above the lake and then headed scrambled up the crest of the ridge to Cirque Peak - avoiding the usual ascent route which looked to be windloaded with a few cornices hanging overhead. The snowshoes were ditched at this point, as the west face of the peak was nearly completely dry. The frozen scree and rubble was a bit frustrating, and even treacherous for me, wearing boots that weren't meant at all for scrambling. The summit stay was about 20 minutes - not too cold as long as we stayed out of a fairly constant N/NE breeze.

The return trip was uneventful - a few more good pictures, and back at the car just after 3.

It was a great first scramble of the year.

http://picasaweb.google.com/kerryv/20090125CirquePeak

Topic: Another Arctic scramble (2 of 10)
Author: Marko Stavric
Date: Monday, January 26, 2009 05:13 PM

Some of my photos from the trip:






Topic: Another Arctic scramble (3 of 10)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 07:46 AM

Good job! Excellent pics as usual.

Vern Dewit
http://www.fresh-oxygen.com
http://verndewit.com/

Topic: Another Arctic scramble (4 of 10)
Author: Ferenc Jacso
Date: Monday, January 26, 2009 05:16 PM

Congrats to your first 2009 peak, Kerry, and for Marko and Matt too - not sure if this is their first. I wish I could have joined you. It doesn't get much colder than this at the Arctic either... I think the day before was warmer at dawn. Quite a bit different views from Cirque than from Observation, interesting.

Topic: Another Arctic scramble (5 of 10)
Author: Tamas Fustos
Date: Monday, January 26, 2009 06:52 PM

Marko, your second picture amaze me, good job!

Topic: Another Arctic scramble (6 of 10)
Author: Bill Kerr
Date: Monday, January 26, 2009 07:35 PM

Great pictures guys. Hard to believe how wind blasted it all looks. Good job given the temperature.


bill.kerr@shaw.ca
http://www.billkerr.ca

Topic: Another Arctic scramble (7 of 10)
Author: Marko Stavric
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 04:49 PM

Trying to take more video on trips. Here are a couple from this day. Let me know if these work. That's me saying "I think I want to head back down soon," as my fingers were feeling pretty frozen taking photos and video. :)


Topic: Another Arctic scramble (8 of 10)
Author: Bill Kerr
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 09:15 AM

That second video gives the Arctic feel.

bill.kerr@shaw.ca
http://www.billkerr.ca

Topic: Another Arctic scramble (9 of 10)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 06:26 PM

Nice - do you have the Nikon D90 Marko? I just bought that camera and love the video feature on a DSLR.

Vern Dewit
http://www.fresh-oxygen.com
http://verndewit.com/

Topic: Another Arctic scramble (10 of 10)
Author: Marko Stavric
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2009 10:42 AM

Hey Vern! Yeah I bought the D90 as soon as it came out. It had a couple of upgrades from the D80 that I really liked. One being the video and the other the electronic dust cleaner thing. I don't know how effective it is, but I sure haven't had to clean the sensor as often as I did the D80.