Mount Howard

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Mount Howard
  • Location: Kananaskis Country (Highway 66/68)
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,777 m (9,111 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 m (3,609 ft)
  • Distance: 21.3 km / Loop (13.2 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 5.9°
  • Estimated Time: 7.5-10 hrs
  • Technicality: Intermediate
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
Pink line is the actual track I took which was recorded by my GPS.

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Right at the parking lot. We were welcomed by a rainbow.

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Finally after a long creek walking, we saw the ridge.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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Mount Bryant behind

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The biggest problem that day was wind. It was beyond violent that it knocked me down even when I was on knees while I was taking picture… In result, I smashed my camera and broke it. That wasn't bad enough, I was lifted in the air 3 times by strong wind gusts. I have never experience such strong wind in my life before. Ali and Zofia both lie down for safety.

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Higher we went the wind got stronger. Mouse over to see the route to the peak.

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Unnamed ridge and peaks but between them, Fisher Peak appears.

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Snack break. From left, Kinu, me, Ali, and Zofia. Another an international team. Kinu is actually Japanese. She had such a clean accent I couldn't tell until she mentioned, but I am suspicious because I have never seen her in Tokyo…
(Photo By Shaun Luong)

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I thought the view from this ridge was super. I recommend to try this one.

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Fighting through wind, we still kept quite a good pace.

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Another snack break. The second highest point and the peak in sight.

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As we approached to the second highest point, the wind became stronger and stronger. I guess we were less and less protected by surrounding mountains. This is where I got lifted.

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Snow was hard and we could have slipped, so we had to walk carefully especially when wind was pushing us around.

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Flying ice particles are sparkling by the beautiful sunlight.

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It was about -10 C and wind blowing so hard it felt much colder. Ice particles and backpack's straps were hitting my cold face making me cry. T-T
(Photo By Ali Shariat)

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All that struggle for this. Looking back the second highest point.

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The last bit. At this point, the peak was only 30 m away. But to get up here we were forced to stop for minutes until wind calmed down for us to proceed.

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What a beautiful day it was and clarity of the air was super. We could see miles away. Mouse over to see names.

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Ali is having a moment of relief from wind.

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This is where I broke my camera… Stupid wind!!
(Photo By Shaun Luong)

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From left, Mount Kinu, Zofia Mountain, Shaun Peak, Mount Me, and Ali Ridge. Mountains around here are very colorful.
(Photo By Ali Shariat)


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