I went with Vern Dewit and Josh Vegter on 19 June 2004 to scramble up
Mount Kidd which overlooks the golf course in Kananaskis Country.
The weather was exceptionally nice on this day, and we made good progress
up the drainage on the south side of the peak. About two-thirds of
the way up, Josh began to feel uncomfortable on the steep snow and slabs
and decided to wait while Vern and I continued into the upper bowl.
Vern and I took slightly different routes to the summit ridge. He
climbed up alternating snow patches and rocks while I opted for a drier
line up a series of steep slabs. I was pretty dead tired by the
time I reached the summit ridge, and I practically staggered the last few
metres to the top. While Vern was busy snapping photos of the
spectacular summit views, I took a short nap to re-energize myself.
After about half an hour at the top, Vern and I quickly glissaded down
the upper bowl to rejoin Josh. The remainder of our descent was a
combination of sliding, plunge-stepping, and stumbling down snow patches
and rock bands. Lower down, we took another extended break to dry
out our gear and enjoy the warm sunshine. We eventually made it
back to Vern's car (a new Toyota Corolla) after a round-trip time of 8
hours and 20 minutes.
Check out Vern's fabulous photos of this trip
||Ignoring the "Danger" sign, Josh and
Vern cross the bridge over the Kananaskis River.
||Vern (left) chats with another
scrambler about the various paraphernalia (helmet, sunglasses, toque)
they are finding on this avalanche slope. Apparently, there was
accident here a couple of weeks ago.
||Josh and Vern grovel their way up the
relentlessly steep slopes.
||Vern is very close to the summit
||Vern and Sonny walk up the last
stretch to the summit.
||Vern and Sonny stand atop the
2958-metre summit of Mount Kidd. Behind Sonny is Mount Bogart.
On the horizon at left is Mount Assiniboine.
||This is a view of Ribbon Lake from a
minor hump just west of Mount Kidd's summit.
||Vern slides on his butt down the snow
slope in the upper bowl.
||Josh and Vern enjoy the great
||This is Mount Kidd as seen from the
bridge over the Kananaskis River.