2,914 m (9,560 ft)
Elevation gain: approx. 1,200 m
Snowshoeing and scrambling with Mark and Kevin.
For the third week in a row, we
returned to the Sawmill parking lot, this time with the hopes of summitting
We chose to take the same route as last week’s attempt, given that it would probably grant the best views. We were not disappointed and after a somewhat grueling slog up snow-covered, steepish slopes we cleared the treeline to a magnificent view of the morning sun lighting up the east faces of Mount Murray and Cegfns. The view continued to improve as we gained the ridge and start up towards the highpoint at GR244254. Even in the previous week’s miserable weather conditions the ridge was quite impressive, however, with blue sky in every direction and a fresh layer of snow, the heavily corniced ridge was breath-taking and Mark and I quickly fell behind, as we stopped to take photos.
Getting to the summit at GR244254
took more time and energy than we had anticipated and so we only stopped briefly
at the top and then continued down to the col between GR244254 and the north
summit of Kent
Once down at the col, we turned
around to a splendid view of the summit of GR244254, backdropped by Birdwood,
Smuts, and many other distinct peaks of the Spray
We would have to wait until we were at the summit cairn before the stunning panorama was completed with great views of the entire Opal Range, peaks in the Highwood area and Kananaskis Lakes area, and the full length of Kent Ridge and Mount Kent (we all thought it quite odd that this was not an official summit, and the much lower point of Mount Kent was official). As well as the splendid view in every direction, the large cornice lining the east face of the ridge was spectacular. I would definitely classify this one of our most rewarding and awe-inspiring views and more than makes up for the tedious slog required to make the summit.
Taking a look towards Mount
After a wonderful hour long stay at
the summit, we started the quick and enjoyable descent. Again, once at the col,
instead of reascending GR244254, we descended slopes to the north back down
Overall, an incredibly rewarding and satisfying day out. I’ll certainly wager that the summit panorama of Kent Ridge North rivals that of most of the surrounding peaks and is superior to many. Great stuff!
Morning sunlight on the east face of Mount Murray
Kevin and I, ascending the corniced ridge
A closer look at some beautiful cornice scenery
Mark, ascending the ridge
Mark, descending steep terrain enroute to the col
Looking back at the summit of GR244254
Mark and Kevin, traversing slopes towards the col; Birdwood, Pig's Tail, Commonwealth and Smuts in the background; Assinboine is just visible to the left of Smuts
Losing more hard earned elevation!
At the col, looking back at GR244254
Nearing the beginning of the long and very foreshortened slog to the summit of Kent Ridge - North
Mark, nearing the summit
Mark, sitting on the summit cairn; Mount James Walker at the far right; the peak immediately to the left of Mark is Galatea and Chester lies further left
Kevin at the summit
Me at the summit, with mountain of the Opal range in the background
Walking alongside the large summit cornice
A better look at the cornice, with Mount James Walker to its right
A far reaching view to the south, including Kent Ridge, The Kananaskis Lakes, and mountains of the Highwood area (left)
Mark, sitting on the edge of the mountain; the cornice was very large here, extending all the way from the rocks he's sitting on
Back down at the col, looking at the summit of GR244254