Mt. Allan (North Approach) – Bow/Kananaskis Valley

Mt. Allan (North Approach) – Kananaskis Country

July 2013

My knees, my friends knees!  Although this hike is a novelty from the Bow Valley we had no choice since the floods closed the Kananaskis Valley access.  The approach begins with a long and tedious forested section with a gentle incline.  Dead fall abounds at the creek crossings.  Once you feel like you’ve just about had enough of it, your reach the climb. Up, up, up into the sub-alpine.  Sublime beauty awaits on the ridge.  Rock Gardens, windswept dryas ridges, striking rock formations towards the peak, and a gentle finish to the summit.  This describes the North ridge of Mount Allan.

Succumb to the scenery.

Explore if you must, but remember the approach from the south (Kan Valley) is much quicker.

Signing off, KK

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Mt. Alan through the trees from the parking lot
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The Lougheed Massif with the Wind Tower towering to the right

IMG_1389Some exposure, be especially wary as we were hit by a few sudden wind blasts!

IMG_1384Climbing up the North Ridge

IMG_1383The North ridge, looking North East

IMG_1385Mt. Lougheed rises above the north ridge

IMG_1382Kaptin Kananaskis navigating a sea of scree

IMG_1381Cliff Bands as we approach the summit

IMG_1378Approaching the summit

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Sir Dumpling is ecstatic

IMG_1356Mt. Alan Summit looking west. Mount Lougheed towers above

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The green Kananaskis Valley to the east
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Mt. Alan Panorama
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Mt. Alan Panorama West
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Mt. Alan’s east ridge
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KK
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Hungry friends at the top
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Wind ridge with the Three Sisters and Canmore beyond.
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SD
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the Mt. Colembola Traverse and the alpine meadows below.
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Survey marker at Mt. Alan Summit
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Interesting cliff bands near the summit
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Wandering through the Cliff bands
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An ecstatic meadow in the sky! The North ridge is wondrous.
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Wind ridge to the bottom left
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Dr. Gonzo, he can’t move
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KK

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