Maze Peak GR:081305


elevation: 2,404 m. height gain: 835 m.
area: Ya Ha Tinda Ranch,AB map 82 O/11
15-Feb-2015


Ref: Bob Spirko's Road not taken
ascent slope


Open ascent slopes, dogs are out of sight.
Scramble: RT 5.25; 2.75 up. The forecast for the Bow Valley called for warm sunny weather; it seemed like a good opportunity to take the dogs for a camping trip where they could roam on grasses. The Front Ranges are especially dry this season... I sent some invites and started packing all the stuff we needed for a fine stay with our hounds at the Bighorn Campground. After 5 hours of driving, we arrived a bit tardy at Maze's ascent slope; a posse was awaiting. We unleashed the hounds and they went on to greet everybody like mad dogs. Charles was there and Raff brought a couple of friends as well, So is the Man and an ice climbing friend named Keith. We quickly put on our boots and started up the slope. The atmosphere was great with the dogs and that many people. Fab and I had already planned to split up, Daisy suffers from arthritis and we didn't want to risk taking her too far. On the ridge, Fab stayed with the hounds in the shallow treed dell; from there, he could see the summit ridge and enjoy the sun without the wind. The summit ridge was mostly free of snow and provided easy slab scrambling, difficulties have bypasses. I called Fab on the radio when we reached the top, I could hear the doggies below. It was windy and a bit chilly up there, we took summit pictures and grabbed a quick snack without lingering too long. I enjoyed the short descent and was thrilled to see Lincoln running towards us. Reunited, we had another break before returning to the cars. I felt happy that the outing wasn't over; after saying goodbye to our fellow hikers, we set camp around a nice bonfire and enjoyed a lovely evening with content dogs... That's a good life!
nearing the ridge

Nearing the ridge crest in little time.

rupert

Rupert is looking for someone to throw the stick.

lincoln is looking back


Lincoln is looking back, waiting for the stragglers.


objective in sight


The objective in sight, Fabrice stays behind with the dogs.


circumvented this buttress


We easily circumvented this buttress climber's right.


odd snowpatch


One of the few snow patches.


so is the man


Yelled "So is the Man" to get his attention!


saddle below


Dipping down to the saddle, two scramblers are returning from the summit.


easy slabs


Easy slabs on the summit ridge.


going around difficulties


Going around difficulties.


summit ahead


Summit ahead.


at the cairn


At the cairn, yippee!
Picture courtesy of Charles.


eastern view


Eastern view.


view west


So presents the view west.


bypass


Shortly after leaving the top, we bypass an outcrop.


last glimpse


Last glimpse.


dry conditions


Dry conditions rendered the slabs easy.


more slabs


More slabs.


treeline


Back at treeline.


rejoined with my pack


Rejoined with my puppies and hubby.


down we go


Down we go!


cheers


The part I always look forward to, cheers!
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