Coffin Mountain GR:868535 (Traverse)

elevation: 2,412 m. height gain: 640 m.
area: South Kananaskis,AB map 82 J/1

Ref: Bob Spirko's Road not taken
putting booties on

Fab is putting the dog's booties on.
Scramble: RT 6.5 (including Sheep); 2.25 up. We're out with the hounds this weekend. They have been patiently waiting for a hiking/camping trip. We left Golden fairly early. As we drove through snowy Highwood Pass, I wondered if we would even reach the landing at the base of Coffin. Luckily, the area was drier and we made it just as the sun rose. Fab sat down on a blanket and started to put the doggy boots on; this can take a while when you have twelve paws to do! All ready, we left to ascend Coffin. We headed east on the trail then we climbed talus on the north-west aspect to reach the ascent ridge. This was not the best way for the dogs; the abrasive, loose rock can be hazardous. Below the false summit, Fab taped-up a couple of booties while we took a break. The dog's paws were in good shape so we continued to the summit. At the top, we laid down some jackets on the ground and put the hounds on their leash; this means break time. We looked at Sheep Mountain and its grassy slopes. It was very inviting, much better terrain for the troubadogs. We could loop our way down to the old road and back to the car. The decision made, we headed towards Sheep after a decent pause. The stroll turned out to be the highlight of the day!

heading east

We're going east and up a drainage.


Skirting the trees in the drainage.

gaining the ridge

Gaining the ascent ridge from the north-west aspect.

looking back

Several game trails facilitate travel.

giving out treats

The hounds, waiting for some treats on the ridge.


Mount Livingstone.

more treats

At a highpoint, we sat down for an official break.

summit ahead

The summit is not far from here.

almost there

Last stretch before the top.

looking north

Northern view, Livingstone in the background.

at the top

Looking south.

taking a break

All is well. We're taking another good break, more treats.

bootie maintenance

The abrasive rubble is shredding the booties, we need to tape the holes.

heading to sheep

Heading down to grassy Sheep Mountain.

Continue on to Sheep Mountain
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