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Ruby Ridge - Waterton Lakes National Park

Ruby Ridge


New Year scramble at Ruby Ridge in Waterton N.P. I enjoyed a cold but beautiful day. I don't know what to expect from 2011.
Chester Lake 11 - Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)

Chester Lake 11


Joined up with Meetup's Scrambers. Under ok weather we headed to Chester Lake ski touring.
Fortress Ski Hill - Kananaskis Country (Highway 40)

Fortress Ski Hill


Crazy peeps took me to closed Fortress ski resort under sketchy avalanche conditon, however ski condition was great.
Opal Ridge South - Kananaskis Country (Highway 40)

Opal Ridge South


Another off-route scrambling with Shaun at Opal Ridge South. Lots of challenges and route-finding was a lot of fun. The best part, we still made it to the top.
Sulphur Mountain 11 - Banff National Park (Townsite)

Sulphur Mountain 11


Back to Sulphur Mountain in Banff townsite. However this time I wasn't doing solo evening hike, I joined Scramblers from Meetup.com.
Great View Ridge - Kananaskis Country (Kananaskis Lakes)

Great View Ridge


Our objective was Mount Normad, but we couldn't get to it instead we ended up on a high point of unnamed ridge.
Cirque Peak - Banff National Park (Icefields Parkway)

Cirque Peak


I had such a high hope on Cirque Peak, but it turned out to be one of the most miserable trip I ever had. Oh darn…
Three Lakes Valley - Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)

Three Lakes Valley


Ever since I came to Three Lakes Valley in summer I wanted to come back in winter. So here it is despite of cold wind, I was still satisfied.
Ski at Narao Peak - Yoho National Park

Ski at Narao Peak


Another cold and dull winter day. Because of that we had to change our plan. I guess I shouldn't be complaining as long as I can get out.
Narao Peak Attempt - Yoho National Park

Narao Peak Attempt


Inspired by previous week's ski trip, I came back to Narao Peak. However this time I aimed the summit. This was one of my favorite winter scrambles so far.
Ski at Crowfoot Mountain - Banff National Park (Icefields Parkway)

Ski at Crowfoot Mountain


Plan A was not doable. Plan B was rejeced. We only had Plan C which was YOYO SKIINIG… I hate it I hate it I hate it!!
Spoon Needle North Peak - Kananaskis Country (Highway 40)

Spoon Needle North Peak


Small peak but still a peak. I attempted Spoon Needle. I couldn't get to the highest point, but close enough I guess.
Crevasse Rescue Course at Athabasca Glacier - Jasper National Park

Crevasse Rescue Course at Athabasca Glacier


Glacier travel and crevasse rescue course which I really wanted to take. Now if someone falls into a crevasse, I have a choice to rescue the person or cut the rope.
2011 Q1

2011 Q1


Oh my... Already first quarter is gone! Times fly by so fast. Here is my rest of my life stories beside mountains.
Crowfoot Mountain - Banff National Park (Icefields Parkway)

Crowfoot Mountain


I don't know what to say when I have such a beautiful day and view. Crowfoot Mountain is one of my favorites of all time.
Skoki Ski Lodge - Banff National Park (Skoki)

Skoki Ski Lodge


After a day of spring snow storm, the weather made a 180 degree turn. Joined CSMC's ski touring at Skoki. I was loving this spectacular blue sky.
Bow Peak - Banff National Park (Icefields Parkway)

Bow Peak


We got lucky with weather and had another successful peak ascent and view at Bow Peak. I still have to come back in summer here though!
Dolomite Peak Circuit - Banff National Park (Icefields Parkway)

Dolomite Peak Circuit


Back to Bow Lake area for another ski touring. I had high hope of fantastic views from Dolomite Peak Circuit, instead I got lots of white.
Canyon Creek Ice Cave - Kananaskis Country (Highway 66/68)

Canyon Creek Ice Cave


The weather forecast for the weekend was terrible, so I decided to stay inside. Yup, inside of Canyon Creek Ice Cave.
Boundary Peak - Jasper National Park

Boundary Peak


Long drive to Columbia Icefiled for Boundary Peak and little more. Having Mount Athabasca right beside all day long offered a great hike!
Parker Ridge West Peak - Jasper National Park

Parker Ridge West Peak


After Boundary Peak, I still had enough time to do another one, so I picked Parker's Ridge. I did't get to the true highpoint of this peak though.
Wasootch Ridge Attempt - Kananaskis Country (Highway 40)

Wasootch Ridge Attempt


I have never thought I had to trun around on hikig peak, but I did. However how I went wasn't really hiking route which I didn't realize while I was there.
The Tower South Ridge - Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)

The Tower South Ridge


Another unknown but will try anyway trip to south ridge of The Tower. I didn't make it to the south peak but still was very satisfying day.
Mount Hector - Banff National Park (Icefields Parkway)

Mount Hector


I skipped Little Hector and went for Mount Hector ski ascent with CSMC. Over 3300 m is my first time since Mount Ball in last summer.
Mount Sarrail - Kananaskis Country (Kananaskis Lakes)

Mount Sarrail


My first time invading to Aster Lake area in Kananaskis Country. I decided to go for Mount Sarrail to test my new gear, bivy.
Eagle Mountain - Banff National Park (Townsite)

Eagle Mountain


With Ben, Heather, and Brad, we went to Eagle Mountain, AKA Goat's Eye Mountain. I think this would be my last skiing for this season.
Little Lawson Peak - Kananaskis Country (Highway 40)

Little Lawson Peak


Cal suggested to go for Little Lawson Peak, so we did without snowshoes… Big mistake, nonetheless, we made it to the peak.
Yamnuska Bluffs - Canmore

Yamnuska Bluffs


I went to Yamnuska Bluffs with CSMC for some outdoor rock climbing lesson since Shaun and Dan won't take me, bastards!!
Mosquito Mountain - Banff National Park (Icefields Parkway)

Mosquito Mountain


I was thinking Mosquito for a while now. Finally I decided to go for it. Already much snow melted here which was unexpected.
Ostracized Peak to Sentry Mountain - Crowsnest Pass

Ostracized Peak to Sentry Mountain


Visiting my family in Crowsnest and of course my girlfriends, peaks!! I went Sentry Mountain and unnamed peak at GR710966.
Mount Baldy West Ridge - Kananaskis Country (Highway 40)

Mount Baldy West Ridge


My first climber's scramble of the season. Mount Baldy via west ridge wasn't just about the crux. The second half of ascent was full of hands on scrambling to enjoy.
Tokyo & Nasu

Tokyo & Nasu


I took a holiday and went back to Japan. It's been 3 years since I visited Japan last time. After the earthquake, things where little different.



Southern Japan, Kagoshima. I don't even remember when the last time I visited my grandma. Maybe 7 years. I used to come here ever year.
After the Earthquake

After the Earthquake


Tree months after the earthquake which shook Japan in March 2011. I went to see a town hit by the devastating tsunami.



Went to see Chusonji. This temple was just registered as a world heritage while I was visiting Japan.
Nasudake - Japan



Why not go for a hike in Japan, especially when my parents live close to mountains now. So I went to 4 small peaks in Nasudake.
Mount Lefroy - Yoho National Park

Mount Lefroy


What a memorable day this trip turned out to be. We were so lucky that we could summit the Mount Lefroy with the conditions we had.
Goat Mountain - Canmore

Goat Mountain


Goat Traverse from Door Jamb to Yamnuska. It's not a long route but did took us 10 hours. I guess difficulty adds more time.
Wind Mountain - Kananaskis Country (Highway 40)

Wind Mountain


Wind Mountain AKA Mount Lougheed 4th peak with COC. It's a long approach but it's beautiful. Highly recommended.
Climbing at Wasootch Slabs - Kananaskis Country (Highway 40)

Climbing at Wasootch Slabs


Plan B was no plan. But due to rain even though weather forecast was sunny all day, we had to come up with plan B. So Climbing at Wasooth.
Mount Ishbel - Banff National Park (Townsite)

Mount Ishbel


Someday I thought, but that someday came rather quickly. Vern, Ali and I drove to Banff to enjoy Mount Ishbel's fun ridge.
Diadem Peak - Jasper National Park

Diadem Peak


With CSMC, I attempted Mount Woolley and Diadem Peak. Couldn't get to Woolley but I still had lots of fun. It was beautiful.
Woolley's Moraine - Jasper National Park

Woolley's Moraine


Took advantage of free time in evening. I decided to go for another hike before sunset from Woolley-Diadem bivy site.
Mount Harrison - Invermere

Mount Harrison


Long drive to BC, near Invermere. Mount Harrison, the most southerly 11,000er of the Canadian Rockies with CSMC.
Mount Bell - Banff National Park

Mount Bell


Alpine Climbing at NE ridge of Mount Bell. It was a long long day that I can say "It was full use of a day". Nice!!
Niblock to Whyte to Devil's Thumb - Banff National Park (Lake Louise)

Niblock to Whyte to Devil's Thumb


Haven't had such epical finish for a while. Everything was wonderful until descent from Mount Whyte. I was saved by the least expected helper.
Cathedral Mountain - Yoho National Park

Cathedral Mountain


Overnight bivy trip to Cathedral Mountain, AKA the best of the bests. Surely going up in sunrise time made this one even more special.
Tower of Babel - Banff National Park (Lake Louise)

Tower of Babel


Killing time at Tower of Babel near Lake Louise. It was shorter than I expected but sure I had such a great view up there.
Mount Athabasca - Jasper National Park

Mount Athabasca


Every time I came to Columbia Icefield, I always said it to myself, someday. Finally I have done Mount Athabasca. Such a good looking peak.
Nigel Peak - Jasper National Park

Nigel Peak


The last day of 4 day peak begging road trip. View from Nigel Peak was definitely awesome! I highly recommended.
Brazeau Icefield High Camp - Jasper National Park

Brazeau Icefield High Camp


The first day of 4 day backpacking trip to Brazeau Icefield. We had to go up a steep rubble slope with heavy pack to our high camp…
Mount Warren - Jasper National Park

Mount Warren


The best peak among the 4 peaks we summit in this weekend at Brazeau Icefield. This "Is it really 11,000er?" peak was everyone's favorite.
Brazeau to Valad  to Henry Macleod - Jasper National Park

Brazeau to Valad to Henry Macleod


Three peaks traverse from Mount Brazeau to Valad Peak to Mount Henry Macleod on the thrid day of backpacking trip on Sept long weekend.
Big Sister - Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)

Big Sister


The last peak in Kane's Canmore section, Big Sister. I heard good things about this peak but unfortunatly I didn't like it. Booo!
Mount French - Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)

Mount French


One of the most beautiful places in KC, British Military Group, but peaks here are difficult. Mount French isn't an exception.
Mount Joffre Attempt - Kananaskis Country (Kananaskis Lakes)

Mount Joffre Attempt


Under uncertain weather, we headed out to Aster Lake area. Our primary objective was Mount Joffre but due to the bad weather…
Mount Sarrail 2 - Kananaskis Country (Kananaskis Lakes)

Mount Sarrail 2


We tried to get most out of the weather we had this weekend. Despite of cold and windy condition we went to Mount Sarrail.
Smutwood Peak - Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)

Smutwood Peak


With COC, I went to "Smutwood Peak". It has been in my to-do list and yes it didn't disapointed me. Beautiful place it was.
Tornado Mountain - Cowboy Trail (Highway 22)

Tornado Mountain


Since I discover this peak by looking Topo map, I wanted to do this just because it had a cool name. With Raff and Eric, we got up the summit.
Mount Chester - Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)

Mount Chester


After slept in late, I still wanted to go for 3000er, so I picked Mount Chester. I expected to have a decent weather, but it snowed.
Chinook Peak Attempt - Crowsnest Pass

Chinook Peak Attempt


I estimated Rockies got a foot of snow but there were far more than that. Perhaps there was enough snow to cause avalanches at Flathead Range.
Mount Erickson - British Columbia

Mount Erickson


Erickson was one of the peaks I kept my eyes on for early or late season. After the dump of snow it was the time to switch my gear to easier ascent.
Elbow Four Peak Traverse - Kananaskis Country (Highway 66/68)

Elbow Four Peak Traverse


The famous big traverse of Mt. Glasgow – Mt. Cornwall – Outlaw Peak – Banded Peak. Oh man it was so awesome. Worth the suffering.
Helena Ridge to Stuart Knob - Banff National Park

Helena Ridge to Stuart Knob


View became superb after the never-ending approach trail. Seeing this uniquely shaped range and peaks around Castle should be in "must list".
Mount Remus - Kananaskis Country (Highway 66/68)

Mount Remus


Solo scrambling at Remus. Guessing the weather was little difficult this weekend but I picked a good peak. I had blue sky all day.
Ochre Spring Peak - Kootenay National Park

Ochre Spring Peak


Return to GR576724 with a different route. This time I made it to the summit without a problem. I nicknamed this unnamed peak, "Ochre Spring Peak".
Mount Charles Stewart South Peak - Canmore

Mount Charles Stewart South Peak


Oh how much I enjoy seeing Canmore from summits… Despite it's only a sub peak of Mount Charles Stewart, length of the trip was a full trip.
Mount Astley NE Peak - Banff National Park (Townsite)

Mount Astley NE Peak


Another complete miss. Some reason I am unable to go to Mount Astley. But still another great day and great view in the Rockies.
Storm Mountain (Banff) - Banff National Park

Storm Mountain (Banff)


Late start + dead falls + slog up rubble + snow + high peak = evening scrambling at Storm Mountain in Banff. It's fun to do evening hike every once in a while.
Tent Ridge - Kananaskis Country (Highway 742)

Tent Ridge


Little cold but under beautiful sky, I went for a mid-long hike at Tent Ridge in KC. Climate wise, and snow wise, winter is almost there.
Rawson Ridge Attempt - Kananaskis Country (Kananaskis Lakes)

Rawson Ridge Attempt


Skiing up to Rawson Ridge, well I tired. It wasn't too bad for my first skiing this season… maybe… actually it was quite bad. I fall 5 times…
Fairview Mountain 11 - Banff National Park (Lake Louise)

Fairview Mountain 11


No matter how many times you see sunrise or sunset, you will always be moved by its beauty. That was what I was looking for at Fairview Mountain…
Cirque Peak Outlier - Banff National Park (Icefields Parkway)

Cirque Peak Outlier


Another week of trying to see sunset at a summit. This time I picked Cirque Peak outlier on Icefields Parkway. Unfortunately…
Rest of 2011

Rest of 2011


Another year is gone. I didn't update much of non-mountain related episodes this year did I? This goes back from May to Dec.
My New PC

My New PC


Santa gave me new PC after I gave him $1500. Fast and quite. I have to say for sure this is the best PC I ever owned.