Monday, December 16, 2013

Another great summer in the Rockies!

Despite a raging flood in the spring (which unfortunately did severe damage to my house and many of my neighbours in Exshaw), the summer was otherwise one of mostly excellent weather!  I was once again joined by many of my regular guests as well as some new faces for many great adventures around the Rockies.   Since I was so busy fixing my house I didn't keep my blog up to date throughout the season, but here are some of the better pictures I got during the numerous ascents and courses.  Enjoy!

Mt. Athabasca, with the Slawinski/Takeda route (M5) climbing the thin snow gully into the rock buttress in the middle of the photo.

Mark Taylor leading a mixed pitch on the Slawinski/Takeda route.

An early season ascent of Mt. Abraham's Shoulder Route (III, 5.8) with Pat & Suzie.

With Pat & Suzie on the summit!
Jon walking the narrow ridge on an ascent of Mt. Lady Mac's SSE Ridge (II, 5.5)

Enjoying the beautiful Grassi Lakes during an Intro Rock Weekend Course.

A fun day with a group of Junior High Students learning to rock climb at Wasootch.  Kids love this stuff!

High on the NE Face of Ha Ling Peak above Canmore.

Getting cooked in 30C heat a few days after the flood on the multipitch Kahl Crack route.

Chris on Yamnuska's notorious CMC Wall route (5.11b R), the hardest rock route I have guided so far.

A 5.10 traverse pitch on CMC Wall.

During an ascent of Pigeon Spire in the Bugaboos with three ambitious ladies and fellow guide Sarah Heuniken.
The same crew on top of Rundlehorn route near Banff.

Climbing the Perren Route on the way to Mt. Perren with a descendant of "The Spider of Zermatt", Walter Perren, himself.
On the summit of Mt. Perren.

A few pitches up the classic Geriatric on EEOR near Canmore. 

High on Mt. Temple's normal route with a family from the UK.  Pretty rad family holiday!

Enjoying the excellent rock on Cory's Groove with Chris & Mark.

Camping out on Mt. Edith Cavell's East Ridge Route with the upper part of the climb looming above.  What a campsite!

Now it's ice climbing season, see ya on the ice!

J. Mills
CRAG Head Guide

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