Livingstone, Mount


elevation: 2,434 m. height gain: 642 m.
area: South Kananaskis,AB map 82 J/1
2010-Mar-10


Ref: Bob Spirko's Road not taken
Note: Due to an off-season road closure of highway 940, we followed the north-west ridge to the summit plateau.

we stop here


Highway 940 is closed until April 30th.
Snowshoe trip: RT 5.0; 3.0 up. Fab really wanted to go somewhere grassy and sunny with the dogs, south k-country came to mind. Aware of the highway closure, we went the long way. Soon after leaving Longview behind, on highway 532, we encountered snow. As we continued, the snow deepened. Of course, we left the truck at home thinking we were going in a drier area! Proceeding up the steady climb to 2025 m. was unsettling. Fab was concentrating on keeping the car going, aiming for bare wind-swept patches interrupting snowdrifts. Finally, we made it down to highway 940 junction only to realize it was open south for a few kilometers. We looked at the map and saw we could probably save the day with an easy ascent of the north-west ridge of Livingstone. The forest did not offer much resistance. Travelling was good initially, higher up, the snow crust was variable. The forested ridge before treeline was short but brutal. The snow was deep and unconsolidated. Firmer ground beyond treeline was welcome but accompanied by fierce wind. Fab took off with the hounds to get it done as quickly as possible, I tried to follow! We almost arrived at the south summit before noticing the huge cairn on the lower summit. After some pictures, we retreated to the trees. The dogs did well and were very quiet the rest of the day...
almost ready

The dogs are all geared up and ready to go.

the objective

We will gain the north-west ridge of Livingstone.

along the way


After crossing Mean Creek, we start the ascent.


more trees


A bit deeper here, the crust is variable.


treeline


A nice picture of Daisy at treeline.


nearing the ridge


A quick gather.


snack time


At the ridge, the hounds have lots of snacks.


treed ridge ahead


The rest of the ridge.


plowing through


The snow conditions on the treed ridge were the hardest.


firmer ground


Finally, wind-swept terrain. Unfortunately windy.


noth-west ridge


We continue towards the summit.


broad ridge


Fab is ahead to keep the dogs moving.


south peak


Almost at the south (highest) summit.


cornice


Close up of the cornice.


at the highest peak


At the top for a couple of pictures.


coffin


Mount Coffin, usually combined with this ascent.


eastern view


Looking east at the Foothills.


north peak


The official summit very close by.


at the big cairn


Looking back at the south summit.


good dogs


Another very brief snack time and off we go.


heading back


Heading back down to shelter.


descent


Our access cutblock down below.
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