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Week of 2-Dec-2021 to 8-Dec-2021
Date Activity Destination Report
3-Dec-2021 Trail hike Prairie Mtn - West Ridge Loop

Highway 66 hadn’t been plowed, so it was a slow drive in a moderate depth of new snow. Thank goodness for winter tires!

The trail wa more...

3-Dec-2021 Off-Trail skiing Hidden L, Little Richardson NE slope

We headed off up the ski-out at 9:30 am with a couple of cms of new snow on the trail and evidence of warm temperatures in the previous more...


Week of 25-Nov-2021 to 1-Dec-2021
Date Activity Destination Report
30-Nov-2021 Trail hike Eagle Hill via Seventy Buck Valley

Two days ago we thought it would be our last warm weather hike of the year--but today we were granted yet another chance, with a warm hike to Eagle more...

28-Nov-2021 Trail hike The Sugar Family (Daddy, Mama and Pony)

On the Good Ship Crackle Pop (that is to say, the satisfying crunch of spikes digging into the ice on the Elbow valley trail) it's a Sweet Trip more...

27-Nov-2021 Off-Trail skiing Little Highwood Pass & refresher

Wow, what a great day. While initially intended to be more of a ski day, we tweaked it to make for an adequate backcountry refresher to get our hea more...

26-Nov-2021 Trail hike Ridgeback

As is usual this time of year, the Station Flats parking lot was covered with ice. This prompted most of the group to don tractions devices before more...

26-Nov-2021 Trail skiing Boom L

Boom Lake ski
We met up at the Boom Lake parking lot before 10am where we found close to 10cm. of new snow. Given the elevation of about 1740 more...

26-Nov-2021 Trail skiing Panorama Meadows via Taylor Lake

Our departure from the parking lot (which was practically empty) was very pleasant due to the mild temperature and the good snow coverage and skier more...

25-Nov-2021 Trail hike Prairie View Tr to Barrier LO

When your car drifts around the westward lane near the Casino, you know that it will be a windy day. But as we had intentionally chosen a trip that more...


Week of 18-Nov-2021 to 24-Nov-2021
Date Activity Destination Report
23-Nov-2021 Off-Trail skiing Chester exploratory search powder trip full

It wasn't a bad day , it wasn't great snow, but a great group, so we all had fun. 9:30 start -8 light wind overcast.

The first go more...

22-Nov-2021 Trail hike Tom Snow - Bob Cat - Fullerton Jct

Carl Potter led this hike about 2 weeks ago and I wanted to enjoy sunny Ranger ridge one more time before deep winter.

Seven R more...

22-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike Entrance Ridges (Carry Ridge, Muley ridge)

We had a late start , almost 11 am for this short but enjoyable ramble in the foothills. No snow and only a few icy spots in the darkest woods so w more...

22-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike Ridge 660878, Junction Hill traverse from Cat Cr

With one car left at Stony Creek, just east of Junction Hill trailhead, the 3 of us drove together in the other car to Cat Creek parking lot to beg more...

21-Nov-2021 Trail hike Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

The temperature of 4 at the trailhead held steady for most of the day. Although the trail has some snow on it in spots, the snow was soft and no tr more...

20-Nov-2021 Off-Trail skiing Highwood Pass area field day

Back in the same spot for the fifth time in the last six years.

The crew was divided into four groups and our day worked through the more...

20-Nov-2021 Off-Trail skiing Avalanche Safety Practice

The group met at the Continental Divide parking lot at 10:15, then traveled to the highway borrow area immediately south of the entrance to Chickad more...

20-Nov-2021 Off-Trail skiing Highwood Pass area field day

Back in the same spot for the fifth time in the last six years.
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19-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike Forgetmenot Ridge

The riskiest part of the trip was probably in the parking lot, which was completely coated in thick ice. So we wore spikes right from the cars, and more...

18-Nov-2021 Trail hike Bowness to 12 Mile Coulee - City walk - coffee

A windy and cold 8 kms under a grey Chinook sky. We were joined by new member Bela Berci and 2 guests from the Calgary Weekend Hikers.

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18-Nov-2021 Off-Trail skiing Burstall Pass & AT/Telemark slopes (8)

Participants: Ray, David, Mark, Mark, Monique.

Sorry for the late report

Snow coverage was more...


Week of 11-Nov-2021 to 17-Nov-2021
Date Activity Destination Report
14-Nov-2021 Trail hike Merlin View loop

Despite the forecast of overnight snow there was little to be seen on the drive or in the West Bragg parking lot. It was similar for the trails: I more...

13-Nov-2021 Scramble Monola Peak

Very windy at the top, with quite a bit of snow, which made for a longish but successful trip.
Only two inveterate peakbaggers decided to jo more...

13-Nov-2021 Trail hike Wind Ridge

Ten Ramblers met at the Pigeon Mtn trailhead ready to start at 9am. With the wind and temperature a few degrees below zero it was chilly, but actua more...

13-Nov-2021 Trail hike Boundary Ridge

The trails on the south side of the West Bragg Creek parking lot appeared to be solid ice, so we all put on traction devices. However, once we star more...

11-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike McConnell Point

For the past 45 years, I've driven past McConnell Point, a hill adjacent to highway one just east of Lacs des Arcs and never realised that ther more...

11-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike Old Baldy Knob via SW ridge

After a flat beginning along the Evan-Thomas trail, this route becomes an unrelenting climb of over 900 metres. Our strong and hardy group was up t more...

11-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike Arethusa Cirque Ptarmigan Cirque Loop

Our group of twelve Ramblers enjoyed a great day in the Highwood Pass area. We left the trail head to Arethusa Cirque under high clouds, but with l more...


Week of 4-Nov-2021 to 10-Nov-2021
Date Activity Destination Report
10-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike South End of Lawson

Participants: Six "chicks with sticks" had a very successful and pleasant climb up the South End of Lawson. There was a slight skiff of s more...

9-Nov-2021 Trail hike Cox Hill

Conditions for this trip were far better than expected: manageable wind, warm temperatures (and even a fair amount of sun), and no need for spikes. more...

9-Nov-2021 Scramble Heart Mtn Horseshoe loop

We had a good time on the Heart Mountain Loop.

Although there is still considerable flood mitigation construction in the area, there more...

8-Nov-2021 Trail hike Bobcat to Ranger Ridge (Fullerton jct.)

A surprise dusting of snow greeted us at Station Flat, and with a layer of ice under that, we donned our spikes for most of the time, although the more...

7-Nov-2021 Trail hike Mesa Butte - Curley Sand loop +bonus hill

It was a cool start with a brisk breeze and only a few layers were doffed at the end of the first climb as we continued along the ridge exposed to more...

7-Nov-2021 Trail hike Cox Hill

Our original objective was Belmore Browne but it was necessary to modify our plans after “losing” two of our participants between Valle more...

6-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike Pigeon Mtn 258543

In November, its always a bonus to get a sunny day in the mountains when its not too cold or snowy. This was one of those days.

When we l more...

6-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike Elpoca East Ridge.

Nature gave us exactly what we needed on this day, sun and calm in the right spot, she delivered every note on point. Wearing microspikes we starte more...

4-Nov-2021 Trail hike King Creek Ridge 338222

Our group of 13 started up from the trailhead shortly before 10 AM. We split into two groups, one going at a faster pace and the other at a more mo more...


Week of 28-Oct-2021 to 3-Nov-2021
Date Activity Destination Report
3-Nov-2021 Trail hike Sulphur Springs - Riverview ex Paddy's Flat

Instead of turning east from Paddy's Flat along Elbow Valley Trail towards Sulphur Springs Trail, we turned west on Elbow, connected with the P more...

3-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike High Noon Hills

A cheerful and congenial group compensated for the gloomy and gray day. While the sun was shining on the front ranges we were under chinook cloud a more...

2-Nov-2021 Transceiver practice Intown transceiver practice

Beautiful weather to get out and practice.

Agenda for the event:

- introductions
- discussion: courses taken, any field more...

2-Nov-2021 Trail hike Wasootch Ridge to 2nd cairn 365447

The previous day (Monday), I was wait-listed for a transceiver practice. Since this was non-urgent for me and the weather forecast was good, I even more...

1-Nov-2021 Trail hike North Glenmore Park

Sunny skies and no wind made for a pleasant 7 km walk in the Weaselhead.
The paths were icy at spots but no traction devices were required.< more...

1-Nov-2021 Off-Trail hike North Powderface Ridge

What a gorgeous day! We started out in chilly temperatures but soon warmed up, energized by the fresh snow and frost on the trees and blue sky abov more...

31-Oct-2021 Trail hike Eagle Hill 455604

It was a chilly start to our hike, about -15 at Sibbald Lake parking, but the lack of wind and bright sunshine promised improvements. The trail had more...

28-Oct-2021 Trail hike Braggin Rights,Reconnect, Long Distance

The weather forecast was spot on, with clouds and a temperature of –2 at the trailhead. Just before lunch, the sun came out to make the day q more...


Week of 21-Oct-2021 to 27-Oct-2021
Date Activity Destination Report
27-Oct-2021 Scramble Peak 571003 via Picklejar Lakes & Creek

Our hope was that we would get one more scramble in before winter conditions arrived, but unfortunately that was not to be the case on this day. We more...

27-Oct-2021 Off-Trail hike NE Porcupine Ck to boundary ridge 402482-not fast

This was truly a memorable trip since it was new to all of us. We left the cars at Porcupine Creek at the start of the old road and crossed the bri more...

26-Oct-2021 Trail hike Ridgeback - Tom Snow loop

As expected, cool start in the morning under Chinook clouds but returning under a blue and warmer sky.

We all brought our more...

26-Oct-2021 Scramble Wasootch Peak GR335455 NAD83

It's a bonus any time you can scramble to the top of a mountain peak at the end of October. Our group of 6 left the trail head jus more...

25-Oct-2021 Trail hike Prairie Mtn - West Ridge Loop

An intense workout, blue skies, deserted trails, and great company! Everyone made it to the summit in 75 minutes and we were back at the cars 2 hou more...

24-Oct-2021 Off-Trail hike Gunnery Mtn 702861 loop

After a ten minutes walk on the road we started up the s.w ridge of Gunnery mountain on a steep but decent trail.At a no rush pace it took us less more...

24-Oct-2021 Off-Trail hike Powderface Ridge

Despite clear skies it was just above freezing in the shade of the mountains at the trailhead. But not to worry, the steady climb soon warmed us up more...

21-Oct-2021 Trail hike Ranger Ridge via Fullerton Loop & Bobcat

Good weather was promised for today’s hike – and that’s what we got. It was 7 degrees at the trailhead when we started hiking und more...

21-Oct-2021 Scramble Moose Mountain's Peaks from the West

This trip is basically a variation on the theme of Moose Mountain South Outliers from Canyon Creek (trip b164). The difference is that this trip st more...


Week of 14-Oct-2021 to 20-Oct-2021
Date Activity Destination Report
20-Oct-2021 Trail hike West outlier of North Kent

The West Outlier of North Kent is a great shoulder season hike. Even though it is more often called as a winter snowshoe trip, the 670 metres of el more...

20-Oct-2021 Trail hike Upper Kananaskis Lake/Hidden Lake

Despite being such an easy low-elevation walk, this trip was more rewarding than one might expect. Granted, the clear blue sky disappeared under th more...

20-Oct-2021 Trail hike Cox Hill

Nine of us enjoyed a very pleasant walk up Cox Hill Trail. There were still some leaves on the trees and the fine weather added to the trip. We had more...

19-Oct-2021 Scramble Mount Livingstone

We started our trip right from HWY 940 because the dirt road was too rutted for low clearance vehicles. The wide track brought us all the way to th more...

17-Oct-2021 Off-Trail hike Mist Ridge south summit

There was a bear in area warning sign at the trailhead but other than a couple of grouse we didn't see any other wildlife nor signs of it. With a l more...

17-Oct-2021 Trail hike Jumpingpound loop

It was already warmer than anticipated when we started.

No residual snow or ice on the trail made for an easy walk in enjoyable company. more...

17-Oct-2021 Trail hike Mt Lipsett 470014

The parking lot was empty when we arrived shortly before 10am. On the trip up through the woods, we saw several spruce grouse. When we reached the more...

17-Oct-2021 Trail hike Cox Hill

Summer-in-October was the order of the day, on the drive through the cow herds along the Sibbald Road we noted a temperature of +3C but just a few more...

15-Oct-2021 Off-Trail hike Buller Creek Peak

Snowy trails, strong winds and low clouds shaped our day. As the clouds meant poor summit visibility, we decided not to go to the summit and to jus more...

15-Oct-2021 Trail hike Olympic Summit

The wind in the Ribbon Creek parking lot was a hint that today was a good day for kite flying rather than hiking. We started off up Centennial Trai more...


Week of 7-Oct-2021 to 13-Oct-2021
Date Activity Destination Report
13-Oct-2021 Trail hike Snagmore - Elbow loop

The forecast was ominous with 30% chance of snow when I left Calgary and the dark clouds over the mountains were not very reassuring either. I chec more...

12-Oct-2021 Off-Trail hike Jumpingpound Mtn - Moose Mtn - Canyon Creek Loop

When I called this trip on the Sunday, it was still autumn in the mountains, but by the time we did the trip the following Tuesday, it was pretty m more...

12-Oct-2021 Off-Trail hike Little Lougheed

It was minus 5 Celsius when our group of 6 started up from the Spencer Creek trailhead at 9:30 AM. I was surprised that four of the group had not d more...

11-Oct-2021 Off-Trail hike Long Prairie Ridge/S.McNabb Hills

The air temperature at the start was cool at -2C, but in the sun with a little uphill exertion it was actually quite pleasant- lack of wind helped. more...

9-Oct-2021 Trail hike North Glenmore Park

A lovely and very social walk around the Weaselhead.

Nine Ramblers and guest Norma enjoyed watching the Dragon Boats practicin more...

8-Oct-2021 Trail hike Volcano Ridge summit 615197

A beautiful fall day for an easy hike in the foothills. We started in below zero temperatures and nobody shed any layers until the steep climb on t more...