Junction Hill GR:661864

elevation: 2,236 m. height gain: 720 m.
area: South Kananaskis,AB map 82 J/7

Ref: Bob Spirko's Road not taken
at the start

Fabrice lays down the ground rules.
Hike: 5.75; 2.25 up. With a stable forecast, I dreamed about the glaciers and some elusive mountains. Fabrice thought of something that would cheer me up, another dog trip. Yes, I suppose that would work, Fabrice knows me! I loaded the truck mindlessly as I've done numerous times this season; Lincoln got excited and hung out in the truck full of anticipation. The drive to Longview is long, we left early and took a good break at Lac des Arcs as we typically do with the dogs. Roads were in good conditions, we parked before the closed gate as we planned to ascend and descend the south-east ridge. The dogs were stimulated and roamed nose to the ground. The terrain was good for them, I hoped we would all make it to the top this time. We made our way with ease until we neared the top where the ridge has drops on either side... Fabrice leashed them for a short section but we mostly kept a mindful eye and maintained them away from edges. All of us reached the summit; after taking some pictures and handing out copious amounts of kibbles, we laid out their fleece jackets and other layers and wrapped them for nap time. It was a bit windy but with the sun, it felt quite nice. It was thrilling to be at the top with the pack; not in a hurry as we camped nearby, we lingered for almost two hours before heading down. Just before leaving, a British man from Turner Valley reached the summit; Peter returned with us. It's always nice to make new acquaintances!
happy dogs

The hounds are stimulated and happy.

lincoln chews

Lincoln finds a skull.

good doggies

Good recall, good doggies; here's a treat.

nearing the ridge

Nearing the south-east ridge.

snow to keep cool

They find snow to eat and keep cool.

enjoying the view

Enjoying the view from the ridge.

not that far

The objective is nearby.

keeping the dogs close

Keeping the dogs closer in this type of terrain.

getting closer

Getting closer, dogs are doing great.

cooling off

Lincoln cooling off while basking in the sun.

managing the dogs

Managing the dogs to prevent them straying too close to the edge.

greeting dog alert

The dogs run towards two ladies to say hello, oh boy...

at the top

At the top with the hounds, whoot, whoot!

lincoln poses

Lincoln swizzle poser boy on the cairn.

my babies

My babies: Lincoln, Rupert and Daisy Mae.

view south

Looking south beyond the south-east ascent ridge.

nap time

Nap time.

rupert cuddle bug

Rupert is so huggable, he loves cuddles.

look at daddy

Look at daddy! Look at daddy!

company on the way down

Peter showed up at the top as we prepared to come down; he joined us for the descent.

mount armstrong

Mount Armstrong.

very pleasant

Very pleasant hike.

dogs are still energetic

Doggies still have plenty in the tank.

dropping off the ridge

Dropping off the ridge at the large grassy slope.

at the road

Back at the road.

basking in the sun

Lincoln and I basking in the sun at Etherington Creek rest area.


Once the sun sets, we relax next to a nice fire.
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