|Zosia starts up the road to Racehorse Pass behind Marta and Eva.|
|Mount Racehorse looks inviting as the group approaches Racehorse Pass.|
|The group arrives at Racehorse Pass and prepares to ascend the slopes in the background.|
|Zosia and Eva approach an obvious gully in the middle of the south face. They would stay to climber's left of the gully during the ascent.|
|The upper mountain consists mostly of loose rubble. Eva and Zosia can be seen at upper left while Marta is at lower right.|
|Marta looks for some hands-on scrambling to break up the monotony of hiking up loose rubble.|
|Eva sorts out her gear on a subsidiary summit. The main summit is at left.|
|Marta heads toward the main summit. Visible at left is a higher peak to the northeast and the peak dubbed “The Pony” by Dave McMurray.|
|Sonny down-climbs an easy drop-off
along the ridge between the subsidiary and main summits.
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak
|Zosia and Eva take the last few steps before the main summit where Marta is standing.|
Sonny, Zosia, Marta and Eva sit on the summit of Racehorse Peak (2671 metres).
|Smoke, possibly from a wildfire, can be seen just beyond the ridge behind the summit of Mount Racehorse to the south.|
|Here is a look back at the subsidiary summit to the west. Barely visible on the hazy horizon at left is Mount Washburn.|
|The High Rock Range stretches away to the north.|
|Here is the view of the connecting ridge to The Pony and the higher northeast peak from the main summit.|
Marta approaches the top of The Pony. At right is the northeast peak (I suggest calling it “The Nag”!).
|From the top of The Pony, the most difficult aspect of the traverse to the northeast peak is the descent to the high col at lower right.|
|Marta carefully makes her way down steep and loose terrain below The Pony.|
|At one of the trickier sections to down-climb, Marta stretches out to reach the next foothold.|
|Marta awkwardly gets down another tricky spot while descending from The Pony.|
|Marta climbs up the final rise before the top of the northeast peak.|
|Marta and Sonny reach the top of the
northeast peak in this view from the main summit.
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak
|Here is a closer view of Sonny and Marta on top of the northeast peak (2686 metres), their high point for the day.|
|Marta is already back at the high col as she heads back to The Pony and the main summit in the distance.|
Marta climbs back up a formidable-looking fin of rock above the high col.
|The remainder of the traverse back to the main summit is fairly straightforward.|
|The most challenging spot between the main summit and The Pony is this gendarme which is trickier coming down than going up.|
|Eva, Zosia and Marta commence their descent from the main summit.|
|Zosia descends the southeast ridge of Racehorse Peak. Visible in the distance are Seven Sisters Mountain, Crowsnest Mountain, Mount Ward, and Allison Peak.|
|Good surfable scree can be found to skier’s left of the obvious gully (far right) on the south face of Racehorse Peak.|
|The group hikes out along the access road.|
|Zosia and Marta step aside as an ATV drives up the access road.|
Distance: 13.8 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 7 hours 34 minutes
Net Elevation Gain to Summit: 948 metres