Great Kananaskis Flood

This unique collection of colour photographs with descriptive captions serves as a historical record of the 2013 flood that changed the face of Kananaskis Country forever. The damage to infrastructure — highways, buildings, campgrounds and trails — was without precedent. A must-have coffee table book for all those who live or recreate in Kananaskis Country.

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Alberta Environment & Parks Minister Meets with Outdoor Community

Minister Shannon Phillips

Photo: Alberta Hiking Association

Alberta Environment & Parks minister Shannon Phillips held an informal meeting in Calgary yesterday with members of the Alberta Hiking Association and invited outdoor leaders from all over southern Alberta. It was a very positive meeting with the minister taking question from anyone who asked, as well as talking individually with participants.

After a century of being granted right-of-way across the land, Albertans are now prohibited from using Sheep Trail as a means of travelling between the Sheep and Elbow valleys, thus cutting off access to Rickert’s Pass, Burns Lake and numerous scrambling peaks. Parks have put up signs warning travellers of the situation.

This is the book that got everybody scrambling way back in 1991 and  paved the way for more scramble guidebooks across Canada.  It’s 25 years on and the much anticipated third edition is finally here, weighing in at 440 pages! There are hundreds of new color photos to drool over  and an interesting use of color to delineate the 13 different areas between Waterton and Jasper.  Five of those areas describe Kananaskis Country peaks.

Powderface Road and the trails it accesses

Bridge over Jumpingpound Creek

The new bridge over Jumpingpound Creek near Dawson trailhead.

After a hiatus of three years, Powderface Trail the Road finally opened on May 16.  We and everyone else out inspecting the road can report that it’s in pretty good condition especially the northern half. Occasional soft spots elsewhere will need a bit more ditching and gravelling.

K Country’s Forgotten Trail

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The Lac des Arc Waterfowl Viewing Trail is promoted by a sign at a popular pull-out on westbound Trans-Canada Highway. However, the start to the trail has been overlaid by the new guard rail. So visitors new to the trail squeeze through a gap in the guardrail at the garbage bin and then what? With no trail in sight do they go left, [...]

Spring Hikes in the Sheep River Area

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Carry Ridge

Here are some of our favourite spring hikes in the Sheep River Area that can be done before the winter gate opens. They have all been the subject of previous blogs and are complete with pictures and trail maps. Enjoy!

Winter Walk up a rarely climbed foothill

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Foothill 732089 from Mount McNabb west summit.

Recently we went back to the lands south of Sandy McNabb, where we’ve been taking advantage of the frozen Sheep River. This time we had foothill 732089 in mind, a big sprawling mass that rises steeply above Coal Creek’s narrow valley and looks pretty good from Mount McNabb’s west summit. We knew the back side of it, the south [...]

Winter Walk Mount McNabb

Mount McNabb

En route to the lower summit.

We went back to the Sheep a few days ago. We decided that, conditions wise,  this was actually the best time to walk up Mount McNabb and make a loop with Price Camp trail because 1. The Sheep River is frozen. 2. Should be able to get onto the top of the first step via  snow-free, [...]

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