Canada - Breaking in new boots on spectacular Nihahi Ridge

Date walked: 05/10/2015

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 12.5km

Ascent: 799m

This report is an abbreviated look at a spectacular ridge that held top spot on my favourites list for quite some time. to see a route map and full description of the hike you can check my previous post for this hike :wink:

I set out today to break in new boots and drifted down to the Elbow Valley just 30 minutes from home with no particular hike planned. It was such a beautiful day I just kept going, the new boots were perfect and the scenery was stunning. Fresh snow over the weekend just added to the beauty until what was to going to be a 'diary only' entry on WH became a 'better share some of these pics' entry, so without further ado here's some pretty nice shots of the Elbow Valley :D

Approaching the end of highway 66 at the Elbow Valley Campground

Mt Glasgow, Mt Cornwall, Banded Peak and Outlaw - The guardians of the Elbow Valley still holding a good covering of snow from the weekend.

The snow, frost and wind has stripped a lot of the autumn colour form the trees as the car park coating shows.

Entering the Little Elbow Trail in order to reach the Nihahi Ridge Trail

After 4km I'm on the low end of the ridge looking over to the flat tops of Mt Romulus and Mt Remus and the sharp pinnacle of Fisher Peak.

There's still a way to go yet and some nice scrambling to be had before reaching the ridge top (shot shows the first of many false summits)

The worst part today is ascending 'the wall' where meltwater, snow and ice make the steep scramble much more challenging (shot from half way up)

Up over the wall and through a snow covered scree bowl to a stunning 180 degree view

Looking back down you can see my trail through the snow/scree bowl from the top of 'the wall' to the ridge

It's a steep climb up the ridge to the final step which is an easy 15m scramble

I'm quickly on the ridge top looking back over the steep ascent route

It's a wonderful view, to the right is the 'Little Elbow Trail' which leads around the western side of Mt Glasgow, Cornwall, Banded Peak and Outlaw to Tombstone Campground. On the left is 'The Big Elbow Trail' which leads around the eastern side of the same leviathans to reach the same destination.

Looking north along the ridge with Mt Fullerton across Nihahi Creek to the left

Fisher Peak in a snow shower to the left, Fullerton Massif centre and Mt Bryant to the right

Looking back over the route in, truck is parked at the bottom of Forget-me-not Ridge to the left of shot

At 7750 feet its thumbs up for the new boots which had no issues, though they will be out of use soon until next spring (fur lined winter boots replace standard boots when the -20's hit) :wink:

North along the ridge

There's no wonder this was my favourite Canadian hike for such a long time (it was usurped by Burstall Pass)

Safely down 'the wall' and following my own footprints out along the lower ridge

Saw a small group of Rocky Mountain Sheep who were (as always) happy to pose for pictures

A view back to Nihahi Ridge from the car park after a perfect day :D

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Location: Cochrane- Alberta - Canada
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