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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