Heya Babs – glad it’s helpful for you. Now, with my route-finding skills in serious question and my nerve absolutely shredded, I had to find a way up the crux! Mount Sarrail is a 3,159-metre (10,364-foot) mountain summit located in Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. I knew that Linda and Antri had gone up, left of the overhang with no problems so I thought that’s where I was. Jon muttered something about “I’m going to kill you when we get down” but kept following me so I figured that was a good sign! We stopped to eat our last granola bar before continuing higher. Going to try this next weekend (hoping the infernal rain will stop, and the snow isn’t too bad). Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -10 C on Fri night, min … Just wondering if anyone has done it this season and could let me know what the conditions are like. The route is best done clockwise (as per the guide) due to scrambling sections early on the ridge to the first high point. Jacket on top, but naught but underpants, socks and sneakers on my bottom half, as I stood in the water, soaking my legs for 10 minutes, to ensure they’d be feeling wonderful again tomorrow (it works wonders!). Our minds made up, we started out for the grassy lower slopes of Mount Northover while Rod headed back to camp for a snooze. My knees are dodgier than my ankles, and a good trail running shoe lets me be nimble, and I’ve done plenty of running in the mountains – it takes a lot of scree or a really heavy pack to make me want to wear boots! Going up was not an option but going back down was quite simply the hairiest down climbing I’ve ever done! The ridge itself begins wide, and a snow field and Northover Glacier sit to your right just below the crest of the ridge. Jon leans into our third peak of the day up the lower section of Northover's south ridge. Learn how to create your own. We kept going by Three Isle Lake, and lost a lot more altitude as we followed the trail down by the flood-ravaged Three Isle Creek. There are some who will day-hike this in a very long, strenuous day, and others who take 3-5 days stopping at the backcountry campsites. A popular 3 day hike can be run by advanced technical runners as quick as 5 hours. I figured we had already done at least 2/3 of the hard stuff. From the west shoulder, it was an easy plod back to the campsite at Aster Lake. The clouds were getting a little cloudier at this point, and the breeze a little windier. I could not navigate that section safely, especially with my big mountaineering boots on. One of the best ridge walks in the Canadian Rockies. A video of the 'thrilling' bits of Northover Ridge we did over the Canada Day Long Weekend 2017. We even butt-scooted right past a freshly placed bolt! And so, we dropped down, and said our final farewells to British Columbia (as the ridge follows the provincial lines). The amazing Northover Ridge. The route to Northover Ridge traverses below the southwest face of Mount Northover before climbing to the col at far left. Watch Queue Queue We completed the Northover Ridge Loop on July 29, 30 & 31, 2017. After 10 miles of climbing (about 4,000 ft gain) you will reach the top of Northover Ridge, a several kilometer stretch of ridge line that straddles BC and Alberta. So, last weekend Ryan, Adam and I set out to attempt Northover again. We kept pushing up the mountain as the ridge got narrower and more exposed. September 29, 2020. The terrain was dead-easy compared to the ascent route but don’t under estimate its looseness – I wouldn’t want to be here with a large group. Jon descends from the shoulder of Northover down towards the Northover Lakes before we'll go to the left and back to camp. The ridge eventually narrows, so make sure you have trekking poles and take the proper precautions. I’m thinking of hiking it soon and doing some camping. October 20, 2013 2320m Bow Valley / Ghost River, AB Association Peak is not a popular objective by any means, but it's a peak visible when driving into the Rockies via Highway 1. Vern Dewit Photography Trip Photos I really had to dig deep within myself to summon the courage to start backing down the route. We settled on a 6am departure from Canmore, which crept a little later, and after the one hour drive down to Kananaskis Lakes, and getting gear together, it was 7.50am before we set off. Then, as we neared the scary looking summit block things started getting more interesting. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. OMG, that ridge route excites me. Technical Rating: SC7; YDS (4th) Map: Google Maps. The only weekend I can make it to the Rockies is July 13, 14, 15. Learn how your comment data is processed. Is there any crux that would stop a big dog? Jon balances up a narrow rib. On the west shoulder of Northover with Warrior at left. From here on, there were quite a few places where the trail had been re-routed due to flood damage. Answer 1 of 9: I have done a few backpacking trips in the Rockies and have my mind set on Northover Ridge this year. The adventure wasn’t quite over yet. I’m not sure if Jon realized how desperate my predicament was but he waited patiently while I talked myself down to a safer stance. There was even a glacier! There is a certain freedom and rush when you’re balancing on solid rock, high above the ground below – but also a certain terror! Snow can often be found on the upper slopes, which makes for a very enjoyable boot ski down at least part of the ridge. Forbes is the 8th highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and the highest entirely in Banff National Park. I stood waist-deep in the lake eating my cupcake. Rating: 5 of 5 Difficulty: Hard Length: ~33Km Elevation gain: ~1100m . This section of the trail around Aster Lake could result in wet feet if you're not careful! After each exposed piece the terrain would level off for a bit and we would think it was basically done – only to have it revert back to exhilarating. This video is unavailable. in a month of so. Jon hikes back across the south ridge of Northover on the way back to our Aster Lake camp. Once we got back to the gravel flats it was decision time. Learn how your comment data is processed. All day Jon and I had been glancing nervously (and somewhat excitedly) at Mount Northover looming ominously to the north and west. Few trails in the Alberta Rockies are as challenging but immensely rewarding as the Northover Ridge hike. Backpack the Northover Ridge Loop Rated 5.0 /5 based on 1 customer reviews 5.0 25 miles 4000 ft gain - Loop Trail Save Add Review Get Directions Add Photo Added by Kyle Frost Distance: 25 … Mount Northover. Required fields are marked *. Anyway, again, great writing and beautiful photos. Mount Northover. Almost off the difficult stuff while descending the west face of Northover to the shoulder - which is out of sight to the left here. We wouldn’t be at the half-way point of the day until we were well and truly along the ridge, so I struggled with my internal monologue, trying to find sensible justifications for continuing on no matter what the weather was doing. 13 Mount Joffre Attempt | 2011-09-17. Wish me luck :), Let me know how it goes, hope you have an awesome time :). Are there good maps available for the trail or did you just go by written descriptions as the trail is easy enough to follow? I’ve never felt so helpless on any route or in any situation. It was nice to have mini gaiters for the scree descent, but most of the group managed without. Mount Sarrail is situated 1.0 kilometre north of the Continental Divide, within Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. The crack led up to safer terrain and to the main summit where we both gulped in the fresh air – very relieved to be done the ridge and alive to talk about it. It cuts into the BC backcountry and over the incredibly scenic Northover Ridge. Since this scramble in 2006, I’ve climbed many hundreds of mountains and many routes that were more exposed and difficult than Northover (i.e. Pinacle 을 통과한 직후 Summit Ridge 까지 약 150 미터구간의 스크리와 흐르는 돌을 딛고 올라가는 것이 제일 힘들었다. Your email address will not be published. From the brook onward the route is awesome – certainly the best ridge walk other than Northover Ridge that I’ve done in K-country. I’m getting ready to attempt this hike in a few weeks and have a few questions… I see you guys wore sneakers instead of hiking boots? There had only been a couple of narrow points, nothing that was too tricky, although I’d probably not take anyone up there who wasn’t happy with heights and exposure. We simply descended along the ridge to skier’s right, every time dropping back down skier’s left and then going right to the ridge again until it became obvious that staying left would get us onto ‘regular scree’ again. Time: About 10 hours, Loved your article and the pictures were fantastic! It was up and away once we reached the south of the lake, as the trail climbed steeply through the forest and out onto the open scree slopes of Mount Sarrail. Ensure to be aware of the weather conditions as the ridge … All of a sudden I realized to my dismay that I had an overhanging corner move above me! Eventually we popped over an edge and into the Aster Lake basin. Hawk Ridge . The trail begins on the Upper Kananaskis Lake trail. Hiking Northover Ridge (narrow section) in less than ideal conditions. Part of the southern section of the lake was closed, so the plan was to run out and back via the north shore of Upper Kananaskis Lake. Otherwise we each had bear spray, about 2L water, lots of high calorie foods, shell jackets, merino long-sleeved layers, hiking poles, emergency headlamps, and phones for photos! I can’t stress enough that the fatigue factor played a huge role in making this difficult scramble that much more difficult. The plan had always been to do it in a day, and finally we had chosen the day. Elevation gain: 1,610m I started up the slabby terrain in a small crack that led just left of the section that Kane warns his readers *not* to get into. I have no idea if its easier Mount Sarbach is a prominent mountain southwest of Saskatchewan Crossing on Hwy 93. Description To do this hike in its most common form start at the Interlakes parking lot by Upper Kananaskis Lake. We weren’t done yet! September 27, 2020. The goal is definitely to keep it as light as possible, got any advice? Although we eventually lost motivation over the last couple of kilometres of rough trail, and settled back into a steady plod. Jon crosses the south ridge of Northover. Mount Cordonnier, 3021 m (left) and Warrior Mountain, 2973 m (right). Keep up the good work and enjoy your future adventures :). And then we were on the ridge! June 13, 2013 2461m Banff, AB With a rainy forecast (with possible thunderstorms) I didn't expect too much from this day. Watch Queue Queue Meanwhile, Kim actually jumped in for the full submersion experience. I knew that Sonny had no problems on the descent and that he said it was quick. And what did you guys pack in your packs? We had … The summit is just visible here - already threatening us! Doing the trail clockwise definitely seems like the best option. I think that was about it :), Thank you so much for the response and advice! We were parked at the northern carpark at Upper Kananaskis Lake. Its nearest higher peak is Mount Foch, 1.0 km (0.62 mi) to the southeast. We first ascended Warrior Mountain and Cordonnier before continuing on to Northover. On the far right is Defender Mountain. Jon and I scrambled Mount Northover as part of our Northover Ridge backpacking trip in September 2006. Length 20.6 miElevation gain 7122 ftRoute type Loop Advanced hikers / runners challenge themselves to Northover Ridge in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Apparently, since the two Northover Lakes are outside of Alberta and the park, random camping is allowed near them. Soon we were standing under the crux section just below the summit. May 30 - June 2, 2015 3612m Lyell / Mons Icefields, AB The mighty Mt. Descent is low 5th class and very loose. Starting to skirt Northover Glacier. Corrina Fowlow reviewed Northover Ridge Loop Trail August 25, 2020 Hiking Great! Northover Ridge follows the left. I did (and especially now) not agree with this tactic. I love explor8ion and I love sharing my adventures as an art form and... Continue reading. Hike. It's beautiful country spread over a nice 2-3 day trip. Completed clockwise in one day Aug 25 2020, start & finish @ North Interlakes. This would not only be more satisfying but would also mean more time the following day on the ridge and on the trek to Three Isle Lakes. In the photo below you can see a couple of black dots further along the trail – we were to overtake them half way up the scree slope; they were overnight hikers travelling with enormous heavy packs. You can only hear me talking saying stupid things. As Dan and Kelly hike north toward the col, Mount Joffre (3450 metres) begins to dominate the view southward. These things are always a lot bigger when you’re right under them aren’t they?! Highwood Range . I’m wondering what you used for navigation? The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. In the end, since the whole point of our September trips is to push ourselves, I quashed my inner whining and continued on up the slope. We first ascended Warrior Mountain and Cordonnier before continuing on to Northover. Writing trip reports and processing photos can take a lot of time and I have to give lots of credit to these guys. Snow can often be found on the upper slopes, which makes for a very enjoyable boot ski down at least part of the ridge. The trickiest sections below the crux were a very narrow but solid ledge that we tackled on hands and feet and a very narrow and exposed ridge that we kind of butt-shuffled over and side-smeared across. Many folks were invited, but in the end it was just the four of us who made it. It cuts into the BC backcountry and over the incredibly scenic Northover Ridge. There were short bits of scrambling up small cliff bands and slabs interspersed with typical Rockies rubble. Or anyway that’s what happened to Jon and I. By the time we got there Jon forgot to kill me and we had supper instead. I still don’t know how I did it but somehow I made some friction moves and desperate lunges against smooth ‘holds’ and backed down. the NE ridge of Mount Assiniboine). hey, after spending a couple of weeks hiking around banff and jasper and having been up snowbird pass via berg lake i realized i really enjoy glaciers up close. Our campsite. I think this is probably exactly what happens. Was the trail hard on the ankles? Mount Northover, 3003 m and Mount Lyautey, 3082 m. 14 Mount Joffre Attempt | 2011-09-17. Highwood Range. Summit Elevation (m): 3048 Trip Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2006 Elevation Gain (m): 650 Total Trip Distance (km): 10 Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 4/5 – you fall, you are dead Difficulty Notes: If you go off route you quickly get into mid 5th class terrain. This trip was my first backcountry trip and I have done it again since its one of the most spectacular. Your email address will not be published. We weren’t satisfied with just a strenuous 35km and vertical mile backpack though – no, we were determined to also bag a number of Kane peaks along the way. Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. And trying not to be blown off. Another view down the loose crack / gully that led us to the summit. Below are Heya Liz – doing it in a day, we were definitely happy in sneakers. After running for a while, we hit the turn-off to Hidden Lake, and were instantly slowed to a crawl, as we clambered over, under, and through the snarl of fallen trees along the eastern shore of the lake. It’s way more fun getting over the ridge without a big pack on, but I would have loved to spend some more time hanging out at the campgrounds up there. I have never been so worried or scared on a route before or since (as of 2016). At a certain point while going up Northover’s south ridge, you will find yourself straddling a narrow ridge with over 1000 feet of empty space on either side thinking “Dang! The plan had always been to do it in a day, and finally we had chosen the day. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Northover Lakes far below. It took us 36 minutes to go from the summit of Mount Northover to the Northover col – and that was taking our time, going down most of the route on our butts and hands due to the looseness of the terrain. Marvel Peak (+ “Little Marvel”) My 2020 season was one of my favorite to date and even a messed... Continue reading. It's beautiful country spread over a … I couldn’t stop thinking about that moment for the next two days. I honestly felt an overwhelming desire to simply stop trying and give up – a very weird and disturbing experience for me. It was high in my to do list, but now even higher in my to do list. An awful scree slope took us back down into Alberta. In general I find unless there’s a really strong reason to wear hiking boots, I’m happier in lighter shoes. Thanks for this post! We were feeling very physically and mentally fatigued at this point and soon came to the realization that we had officially pushed things too far. Thankfully I correctly guessed that we must not be far enough to climber’s left and had enough sense to pick out a ledge traverse (exposed on smooth slabs) slightly below our position. Our mantra was that we “had lots of time – take our time”. This is the face that I peered through my feet down as I struggled up the summit block high above. This video is about Northover Ridge 2019. Post navigation. Meeting the east ridge after its major difficulties. The trail stays along the ridge, so please be careful of slipping – a fall to either side may not be fatal, but would put you in a pretty serious condition. I think it was some sort of post traumatic stress or something – I’ve never had that before. Northover Ridge es un sendero largo que no debe ser intentado por nadie que sea menos que un excursionista experimentado. Mount Northover is one of the most serious scrambles mentioned in the Kane book and I knew that doing it with only 2 or 3 granola bars and a bit of breakfast in our stomachs and 6 hours of fairly strenuous scrambling already under our belts was maybe pushing things a bit. Mount Murchison is a 5.7 mile out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. All of a sudden, we were at the car! And there were cupcakes, and stashed food of all sorts. Coming down off the high point of Northover Ridge. First of all, a taster of what lies ahead: We’d all been talking about running Northover Ridge for a while. To the left of that is Onslow Mountain (2790m). Leave a Reply Cancel reply. 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