Kidd, Mount

elevation: 2,958 m. height gain: 1,350 m.
area: Kananaskis,AB map 82 J/14
2006-May-20


Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies under a tarp
At Eau Claire campground.
Scramble: RT 7.5; 5 hrs up. We drove down in the afternoon to enjoy a bit of camping and be able to have an early start the next day. The forecast for the long weekend was not great. We were very lucky to squeeze in this scramble. We made good time on the firm snow with the crampons. Once on the summit ridge, thunder and lightning in the distance appeared to be approaching. That's when I started running, screaming: quick, quick, quick! Fab was in pursuit and quickly arrived at the repeater. He casually pulled out his video camera and started taking some footage. We didn't stay very long, just enough to enjoy this phenomenal view. Coming down was tons of fun, with an 800 m. glissade; we got the best conditions for sliding on our behinds. The rain started to be more intense as we came down. When we arrived at the car, the mountain was no longer visible; engulfed in low clouds. Winston did very well on the snow slopes. He stayed close and retained his tail wag. Traction (without booties) was definitely not a problem and he seemed to enjoy it. He may have been puzzled at times but he followed the pack! kidd
Mount Kidd from the parking lot.
ascent gully
The ascent gully.
using ledges
Wide ledges climber's right of the waterfall.
upper gully
In the upper gully.
veering right in the bowl
Starting to come around veering right towards the ascent slopes.
now on snow
Crampons and firm snow.
upper slopes
Ascent slopes.
i can see the truck
Looking back down towards the parking lot.
bogart
Mount Bogart.
summit ridge
Running towards the summit.
south
Southern view.
joffre
A close up of Mount Joffre.
summit
Summit telemetry.
awesome view south-west
Mount Galatea (left) and The Tower (center).
tubes
Fossilized rock.
glissading
The best glissade ever!
speedy glissade
Glissading for a loooong time.
lower gully
The gully from above the waterfall.
just in time
The summit is now engulfed.
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