Lineham Creek Peaks 1 And 2

On 2 October 2016, I joined Asieh Ghodratabadi, Ali Shariat, Dorota Sokolowska, Marta Wojnarowska, and Zosia Zgolak for an ascent of two of the four "Lineham Creek Peaks" in the Highwood region of Alberta's Kananaskis Country.  The ascent route for these peaks is described in Andrew Nugara's More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, but we took most of our inspiration from Bob Spirko's trip report.  Ali had already climbed all four peaks a few years back, but he was quite happy to accompany the rest of us and do a repeat ascent of a couple of the peaks.  I had hiked the Lineham Creek trail many years ago, and although my recollections of that trip are now vague, I recall that the trail was very easy to follow.

Much of the Lineham Creek trail was washed away by the biblical floods of 2013, and on this day, we spent a great deal of effort picking our way through the creek bed or thrashing through the vegetation along the banks.  At the confluence with the drainage emanating from the gully between Peaks 1 and 2, we followed a steep trail climbing up the left bank but soon abandoned it to bushwhack (light) up the ridge.  We took a short break at tree line before resuming our climb up the open ridge leading to Peak 1.  Other than a few easy down-climbs along the ridge, the ascent of Peak 1 was straightforward.

Because of an exposed down-climb near the beginning of the traverse, only Ali, Marta and I bothered to continue to Peak 2 to the south.  I found the moderate scrambling along the traverse to be highly enjoyable, and it is a shame that we had no time to go on and tag Peaks 3 and 4.  After stopping at the top of Peak 2, Ali, Marta and I returned the same way to rejoin Asieh, Dorota and Zosia on Peak 1.  Together, we descended our ridge of ascent but took a slightly different line lower down to avoid most of the trees and bushwhacking.  Once we got to the valley bottom, we endured another long but uneventful trudge out the creek bed.  Since we took our time and had lots of breaks throughout, this turned out to be a much longer day than I had anticipated, but it is hard to complain about spending so much time in the mountains on a beautiful day with such excellent company.
1, 2, 3, POOF! Dorota teaches Zosia and Marta how to bachata dance.
1, 2, 3, STRETCH!! Dorota stretches out to ford the creek.
Trail or no trail, this part of the hike is rather boring either way! The group continues up the creek bed.  Peak 1 is visible in the distance.
They must have been eager to get out of the creek bed! Zosia and Marta leave the creek bed to scramble up the ridge.  A good trail can be found just around the corner to the left.
Ali is pointing out where he was hanging by his fingernails on Peak 4! Peak 2 is visible just beyond the trees at left.  Peak 3 is just left of centre, and at far right is Peak 4.

Polish and Iranian hikers coming together!

The group assembles above tree line for the big push to the top of Peak 1.  At left is Lineham Ridge.  Visible at far left is Mist Mountain.


Just think naughty thoughts on the way up... The rubble on the ridge leading to Peak 1 is easy but tedious to climb.
I might come back to try this GR in the future... Peak 4 looks daunting to the south.
Not looking forward to that long walk out Lineham Creek... The group ascends the broad ridge leading to Peak 1.  The peaks of the Continental Divide can be seen on the horizon.
Due to foreshortening, the peaks are farther away than they appear. Peaks 1 and 2 are visible above.
I wonder what Asieh really thinks about scrambling... Asieh follows Ali and Dorota up the ridge.
Speed bumps? Dorota waits for Ali and Asieh to descend one of the many bumps along the ridge.
Góralu, czy ci nie żal; Góralu, wracaj do hal! Zosia and Marta are the first to arrive at the summit of Peak 1 (2693 metres).

Lookin' good, everyone!

Gathered on the summit of Peak 1 are (L to R) Sonny, Marta, Dorota, Zosia, Asieh and Ali.


The exposure here is not everyone's cup of tea. Zosia starts to follow Marta down the connecting ridge to Peak 2, but she would soon turn around.
Can you spot Marta? Ali drops down a bit from the ridge crest during his traverse.
Stick to the edge for more spice! Marta and Ali work their way up to the top of Peak 2.
I'm really livin' on the edge! Marta and Ali wait at the top of Peak 2 for Sonny to join them.

Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak

Hands up, baby, hands up; Gimme your heart, gimme, gimme your heart; Gimme gimme! Ali, Marta and Sonny raise their arms on the summit of Peak 2 (2718 metres).
Rick Collier and others climbed this peak over 3 days. I'm not sure I would wanna devote an entire long weekend to climb this peak... A small green tarn sits below the northwest slopes of Patterson's Peak.
Peak 4 really needs a good proper name! To the southeast, Peaks 3 and 4 invite further ridge walking and scrambling.  Also visible in the distance is Mount Head.
Wonder what everyone is doing back at Peak 1? Chillin'? Marta and Ali are barely visible at the low point of the connecting ridge to Peak 1.
Hey, I think I can see Josée on top of Junction Mountain!! To the northeast are Pyriform Mountain (left) and Junction Mountain (distant far left).
Zosia is moving with a purpose! Zosia descends the slope below Peak 1.
Either way works! Zosia and Marta climb back over a bump along the ridge while Asieh and Ali look for a way around.
How about some dance moves on this rock, Dorota? Dorota descends some karst-like rocks
Not much else to look at after this... Here is a last look at Peaks 1 and 2.
A rather longish day, but the company was great! Total Distance:  13.2 kilometres
Round-Trip Time:  9 hours 16 minutes
Total Elevation Gain:  1229 metres

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