Here's a few shots from the first scramble I ever did in the Rockies. In the fall of 1999 we went with a group from the office. At the time I thought that this was one of the only peaks that you could do without ropes and stuff. Little did I know that there are hundreds of peaks that can be done with only a good set of lungs and some mountain 'smarts'.
If you look carefully you can see East End of Rundle behind the group.
In 2009 I went back up Ha Ling with my family and our small Pomeranian dog. This should indicate how 'easy' Ha Ling is, especially nowadays with the beaten trail.
[Crossing a busy Spray Lakes Road en route to the start of the scramble.]
[The trail is excellent - it's almost impossible to get lost!]
[Taking a break on one of the nicely built-up sections of trail.]
[Breaking tree line.]
[It's still a mountain - gaining a significant amount of height above the Spray Lakes Valley now.]
[Surprised he made it - but keeping him on the leash...]
[The family (Gizmo, Niko, Hanneke, Vern and Kaycie) on the summit of Ha Ling with the Goat Range at left and Rundle at right with Goat Creek running to Banff far below.]
[This is what it's all about - a great view of busy Canmore far below.]
[Niko at the top with East End of Rundle in the background.]
[Kaycie at the summit with the Bow Valley at right.]
[Back in the cool, fresh air of the forest.]
[The parking lot isn't full because it's a week day, not a weekend. EEOR rises in front of us here.]