A Gr8 Summit with ChrisW in Kananaskis

Date walked: 31/05/2015

When a went oan ma holeedays it wuz gid!
The end :lol:

Now, where to start…
Many years ago not long after I started working in the woods it soon became apparent to me that Canada was the Mecca for woodcutters or Fallers as they’re called in Canada. Ever since then I’ve always wanted to go there. Now, 10 years after I stopped working in forestry my dream would eventually come true after meeting my lovely wife and finding out her mum lives in the Rockies (bonus). We made plans for a trip to Fi’s mum’s with lots of hiking and sightseeing thrown in. 8)

We’d always read ChrisW’s reports on here but never replying very often. I looked at his photos on the reports thinking they looked just like paintings and how good it would be to be up there seeing these views. That got us to thinking… why don’t we just get in touch with ChrisW and see if we could do a hike with him! We’d read his report about the G8 summit and Mount Kananaskis and how they could possibly be linked together. I thought this would be an ideal first hike to get an insight in to how things work over there/get a feel for the land, getting help from an experienced walker in this area. ‘Cos the one thing that worried me (not Fi!) was bears and how sore it would be getting eaten alive! :shock:

So of we jetted to the land of Canada where Fi’s stepdad had left a truck for us to drive, giving us some much appreciated freedom to link up with Chris. That afternoon we met with Chris and had a drive down Highway 40 in Kananaskis and the scenery is just jaw dropping – even in the clag! :lol: We saw 2 moose, chipmunks/ground squirrels, a fox and a deer, but no bears thankfully. The next dry morning we set off to climb the G8 summit or Wasooch Peak, a repeat for Chris…. but with a plan to link Mt Kananaskis if possible. Turns out we never did this anyway, due to time (inc photo/video taking) and getting acclimatised to the altitude.

We set off form Hwy40 up the recently-washed-out river bed and within a couple of hundred yards the steep ascent begins. Turns out this was an excellent first mountain because it had a bit of everything: nice walk through the forest, some deep ravines, couple of flat bits, some scrambling, some scree and a knife-edge ridge to the summit – just like Skye, except so much bigger!

The vista from the summit was just inspiring and beautiful! It really has to be seen to be believed. You even get the bonus of writing some graffiti (our names!) in a wee book kept in a tub at the summit cairn.

We sat on the summit for what seemed like ages, soaking up the views with Chris telling us of how different it looked now compared with his last visit in the snow a few months ago. Time was moving on so we set off back down the hill, bear spray in hand – never needed it anyway!

So that was our first Canadian summit and for me personally, I fell in love with the Rockies (not the films!). :lol:
I somehow felt at home there, with my initial worries about having (mild) COPD and coping with the altitude all gone. I felt a lot happier about where I was and we’re already thinking about our next trip back over…

Just to add, that Chris and his lovely wife Sarah are just the nicest couple you could ever meet, supplying copious amounts of tea – the best in Canada btw, and warm hospitality. We really look forward to meeting up with them again on our next trip. :D

After this hike Fi and I left Kananaskis and headed towards the Kootenays for more adventures…

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