Howard, Mount

elevation: 2,777 m. height gain: 1,035 m.
area: Kananaskis,AB map 82 J/15
2010-Nov-14


Ref: Drew and Mark in the Canadian Rockies
creek bed


Canyon Creek is wide, open terrain.
Scramble: RT 9.0; 4.5 up. We left Golden in a blizzard hoping for another shot at a snow-free outing. The sunny, mild weather overshadowed the windy conditions forecasted for the Foothills. The Powderface Trail was in good shape. We hiked along the creek bed to the ascent ridge and reached treeline with minimal bushwhacking. Along the broad north ridge, beautiful scenery is revealed. The sun was nice, we followed the ridge enjoying the moment fully. Trekking was easy with the absence of snow, the wind wasn't even that bad until we reached the last highpoint. From there, the wind picked up drastically knocking us off balance. We continued to the top stumbling occasionally. The view is awesome from this tall front range summit. Although it was windy, we still stayed at the top for a while. After having some good fun in the wind, we headed down the alternate descent. Back on Canyon Creek, we realized we had to hustle back to the car in order to beat the darkness. A speedy pace ensued. We arrived at 5:30 PM with no daylight left, almost had to take out the headlamps!
approaching ridge

Further along, the ascent ridge is in sight.

ascent ridge


Mount Howard's north ridge just ahead.


straightforward


Straightforward and scenic.


down the ridge


Looking back.


summit in view


The objective comes into view to the far left.


goat trail


Going towards the animal trail bypassing the highpoint.


clearing sky


Looking back again, the sky has cleared.


pinnacle and summit


The pinnacle and summit, minutes away.


last bit


Last bit.


summit


Yahoo! Absolutely worthwhile.


south view


A bunch of Kane scrambles to the south.


register check


Fab reads some of the entries.


windy jo


Steadying myself against the wind on the pinnacle.


fab fly boy


Fab, all puffed-up, prefers to lean into it...


wind blown


... and stir-up some snow.


alternate descent


On our way to the alternate descent.


way down


The sun is setting as we near the rib.


before the canyon


Continuing along the forest's edge, above the canyon.


gravel flats


Gravel flats all the way back to the car.
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