Summit Elevation (m): 2408
Trip Date: Tuesday, June 15, 1999
Round Trip Time (hrs): Unknown
Elevation Gain (m): 800
Total Trip Distance (km): 6.5
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain something
Difficulty Notes: Easy scrambling with exposure and hordes of other people to make it ‘interesting’. A new trail is being built for this extremely popular mountain as of 2019.
Technical Rating: SC5; YDS (Hiking)
Map: Google Maps
In the spring 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 climbing gear. Little did I know that there are hundreds and hundreds of peaks in the Rockies that can be done with only a good set of lungs and some mountain ‘smarts’. It took me a few years, but as a prairie boy I fell in love with mountains and never looked back.
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.