Things start to get serious on the south ridge. And what did you guys pack in your packs? Northover Ridge. I figured we had already done at least 2/3 of the hard stuff. Alone with the Night Sky – Astrophotography, Digital Photography with an Eye to Prints, Junction Lookout | “Hill 651038” | Green Mountain | Hoffman Hill, Over the next two days we would complete another 3 peaks around Three Isle Lake, Adventure Photography – Gear, Tips & Tricks. Highwood Range. Advanced hikers / runners challenge themselves to Northover Ridge in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. hey, after spending a couple of weeks hiking around banff and jasper and having been up snowbird pass via berg lake i realized i really enjoy glaciers up close. Thankfully I correctly guessed that we must not be far enough to climber’s left and had enough sense to pick out a ledge traverse (exposed on smooth slabs) slightly below our position. Highwood Range . Before we dropped down to Three Isle Lake, we spent some time frolicking in a meadow full of wildflowers. I realize this comment is a few years late but I’m doing this hike (with the big packs!) Jon balances up a narrow rib. I’ve never felt so helpless on any route or in any situation. October 20, 2013 2320m Bow Valley / Ghost River, AB Association Peak is not a popular objective by any means, but it's a peak visible when driving into the Rockies via Highway 1. Learn how your comment data is processed. Northover Ridge es un sendero largo que no debe ser intentado por nadie que sea menos que un excursionista experimentado. In the end, since the whole point of our September trips is to push ourselves, I quashed my inner whining and continued on up the slope. Your email address will not be published. Great post girls! We had … I went right onto the east ridge, as did Spirko. The only weekend I can make it to the Rockies is July 13, 14, 15. Once we got back to the gravel flats it was decision time. From the brook onward the route is awesome – certainly the best ridge walk other than Northover Ridge that I’ve done in K-country. Starting to skirt Northover Glacier. A short traverse to the south summit - the Northover Ridge route below and trending right with Onslow and Defender in the bg. Just wondering if anyone has done it this season and could let me know what the conditions are like. May 30 - June 2, 2015 3612m Lyell / Mons Icefields, AB The mighty Mt. Day 2 saw us leaving Three Isle Lake and ascending to Northover Ridge in deteriorating conditions, culminating in gale force winds, near white out visibility and (briefly) driving rain. the NE ridge of Mount Assiniboine). A video of the 'thrilling' bits of Northover Ridge we did over the Canada Day Long Weekend 2017. This video is unavailable. Body bag & UFO. Between us we shared water treatment stuff, sunscreen, and a couple of first aid kits, a couple of GPSes, a map and a couple of compasses. We re-grouped as we drew closer to the scree slope we would climb to gain the ridge. I think it was some sort of post traumatic stress or something – I’ve never had that before. I still don’t know how I did it but somehow I made some friction moves and desperate lunges against smooth ‘holds’ and backed down. Photos from the Alberta Rockies including Waterton Lakes National Park, Castle Wilderness Area, Kananaskis Country, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park, Jasper National Park. Coming down off the high point of Northover Ridge. Summit Elevation (m): 3048 Trip Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2006 Elevation Gain (m): 650 Total Trip Distance (km): 10 Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 4/5 – you fall, you are dead Difficulty Notes: If you go off route you quickly get into mid 5th class terrain. This video is unavailable. High Rock Range. Watch Queue Queue This is both very interesting and very worrying. This map was created by a user. Jon agreed with this and wanted to turn around and get off before we did something dumb and got hurt, or worse. Technical Rating: SC7; YDS (4th) Map: Google Maps. Once we got back to the gravel flats it was decision time. And so, we dropped down, and said our final farewells to British Columbia (as the ridge follows the provincial lines). Northover Ridge is a long loop trail that should not be attempted by anyone who is less than an experienced hiker. Snow can often be found on the upper slopes, which makes for a very enjoyable boot ski down at least part of the ridge. I’d love to take my trail buddy with me. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The crack led up to safer terrain and to the main summit where we both gulped in the fresh air – very relieved to be done the ridge and alive to talk about it. I really had to dig deep within myself to summon the courage to start backing down the route. OMG, that ridge route excites me. Or anyway that’s what happened to Jon and I. One of the best ridge walks in the Canadian Rockies. This is the face that I peered through my feet down as I struggled up the summit block high above. I use the word ‘exhilarating’ on purpose here. Am slightly terrified. Now, with my route-finding skills in serious question and my nerve absolutely shredded, I had to find a way up the crux! Its nearest higher peak is Mount Foch, 1.0 km (0.62 mi) to the southeast. Keep up the good work and enjoy your future adventures :). The lower ridge is delightful scrambling on easy slab and grass. To the left of that is Onslow Mountain (2790m). June 13, 2013 2461m Banff, AB With a rainy forecast (with possible thunderstorms) I didn't expect too much from this day. We were feeling very physically and mentally fatigued at this point and soon came to the realization that we had officially pushed things too far. And then we were on the ridge! Mount Sarrail rises beyond Aster Lake as we hike back to the camp ground in fading light. I shall do it in sneakers and attempt it this Friday! The summit lies a fair distance from the highway, and an ascent of this peak is a full day. Descent is low 5th class and very loose. First of all, a taster of what lies ahead: We’d all been talking about running Northover Ridge for a while. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Jon bravely tackles the steep, loose and exposed alternate descent to the west shoulder of Northover. We completed the Northover Ridge Loop on July 29, 30 & 31, 2017. in a month of so. Jon and I scrambled Mount Northover as part of our Northover Ridge backpacking trip in September 2006. The trail begins on the Upper Kananaskis Lake trail. Previous Post Previous Backcountry Zen: The Northover Ridge Hike. Ensure to be aware of the weather conditions as the ridge … There were short bits of scrambling up small cliff bands and slabs interspersed with typical Rockies rubble. I honestly felt an overwhelming desire to simply stop trying and give up – a very weird and disturbing experience for me. I remember when I did Mount Smuts, which is just as exposed or worse, I just scampered right up the ridge without a second thought – no problems, but I wasn’t nearly as tired on that one. Pinacle 을 통과한 직후 Summit Ridge 까지 약 150 미터구간의 스크리와 흐르는 돌을 딛고 올라가는 것이 제일 힘들었다. Now we were thinking that maybe it was a better idea to summit using the normal (and harder) south ridge. Jon hikes back across the south ridge of Northover on the way back to our Aster Lake camp. Doing the trail clockwise definitely seems like the best option. This section of the trail around Aster Lake could result in wet feet if you're not careful! Sadly, the lake was not wildly picturesque, but instead a dingy brown colour. Once we got onto the south ridge proper, the scrambling was good fun. Going to try this next weekend (hoping the infernal rain will stop, and the snow isn’t too bad). These things are always a lot bigger when you’re right under them aren’t they?! I am in the process of drafting a letter of complaint to Parks Canada about the poor state of their lakes. An awful scree slope took us back down into Alberta. Northover boasts a 30 km loop and 1100 m of elevation gain. My knees are dodgier than my ankles, and a good trail running shoe lets me be nimble, and I’ve done plenty of running in the mountains – it takes a lot of scree or a really heavy pack to make me want to wear boots! There is a certain freedom and rush when you’re balancing on solid rock, high above the ground below – but also a certain terror! Jon leans into our third peak of the day up the lower section of Northover's south ridge. All were in awe of my trend-setting fashionista ways. I’m thinking of hiking it soon and doing some camping. We stopped to eat our last granola bar before continuing higher. Answer 1 of 9: I have done a few backpacking trips in the Rockies and have my mind set on Northover Ridge this year. Jon descends from the shoulder of Northover down towards the Northover Lakes before we'll go to the left and back to camp. Then probably going back to run it at some point. Elevation gain: 1,610m Then, as we neared the scary looking summit block things started getting more interesting. Northover Ridge Loop Trail is a 20.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Looking for all the information I can before heading out! There are some who will day-hike this in a very long, strenuous day, and others who take 3-5 days stopping at the backcountry campsites. Natalko Peak. Mount Murchison is a 5.7 mile out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. I’m doing the Northover Route this weekend. The suggestion has come up that the descent of Northover is so horrible that a person would be better off to descend the ascent route – even without a rope. People have died on this route in bad weather, so only attempt the technical portion if the weather is good and the conditions are right. Update 2016: I’ve often meditated on this feeling of simply “letting go” that I experienced on that hazy, warm afternoon so many years ago now. It cuts into the BC backcountry and over the incredibly scenic Northover Ridge. At this point things are a little hazy for me. Interesting lighting as the sun sets to the west. I knew that Linda and Antri had gone up, left of the overhang with no problems so I thought that’s where I was. After 10 miles of climbing (about 4,000 ft gain) you will reach the top of Northover Ridge, a several kilometer stretch of ridge line that straddles BC and Alberta. It's beautiful country spread over a nice 2-3 day trip. My favorite backpacking trip is definately Northover ridge in Kananaskis (not to be confused with Mt. Watch Queue Queue In the evening, it cleared out little. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. It was high in my to do list, but now even higher in my to do list. Vern Dewit Photography Trip Photos At this point we also realized that it had taken us only 34 hours to complete the 4 Kane Aster Lake region scrambles. The trail was easy enough to follow though, just not easy going. I had to fight through a powerful and disturbing urge to simply “let go” for a good 5-10 seconds. After running for a while, we hit the turn-off to Hidden Lake, and were instantly slowed to a crawl, as we clambered over, under, and through the snarl of fallen trees along the eastern shore of the lake. Once again, a decision had to be made. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Rating: 5 of 5 Difficulty: Hard Length: ~33Km Elevation gain: ~1100m . Last month when we attempted Northover Ridge we ran into heavy snowpack and had to turn back. Northover Ridge In September of 2006 I was joined by cousin Jon and brother Rod on an unforgettable backpacking trip over Northover Ridge. Portions of the trail are unmaintained, requiring crawling under and over dead fall, short scrambles, loose scree, etc. This video is unavailable. Welcome to Explor8ion! I marched along with a little trepidation, as I eyed off the clouds and the wind suspiciously, hoping neither would conspire to prevent us from being able to hike the ridge. We kept pushing up the mountain as the ridge got narrower and more exposed. It was nice to have mini gaiters for the scree descent, but most of the group managed without. A popular 3 day hike can be run by advanced technical runners as quick as 5 hours. Hike. We kept going by Three Isle Lake, and lost a lot more altitude as we followed the trail down by the flood-ravaged Three Isle Creek. The trickiest sections below the crux were a very narrow but solid ledge that we tackled on hands and feet and a very narrow and exposed ridge that we kind of butt-shuffled over and side-smeared across. The pass was fantastic (1145h). We had originally planned on climbing it the next day after backpacking to Northover Pass, via the alternate descent route. Mount Cordonnier, 3021 m (left) and Warrior Mountain, 2973 m (right). The route is best done clockwise (as per the guide) due to scrambling sections early on the ridge to the first high point. We even butt-scooted right past a freshly placed bolt! By the time we got there Jon forgot to kill me and we had supper instead. Our minds made up, we started out for the grassy lower slopes of Mount Northover while Rod headed back to camp for a snooze. Another view down the loose crack / gully that led us to the summit. At a certain point while going up Northover’s south ridge, you will find yourself straddling a narrow ridge with over 1000 feet of empty space on either side thinking “Dang! On the far right is Defender Mountain. It’s way more fun getting over the ridge without a big pack on, but I would have loved to spend some more time hanging out at the campgrounds up there. The amazing Northover Ridge. Mountaineering, scrambling, hiking, skiing and Corrina Fowlow reviewed Northover Ridge Loop Trail August 25, 2020 Hiking Great! Hawk Ridge. Are there good maps available for the trail or did you just go by written descriptions as the trail is easy enough to follow? Starting to wonder what the hell we're doing! The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Post navigation. I knew that Sonny had no problems on the descent and that he said it was quick. We weren’t satisfied with just a strenuous 35km and vertical mile backpack though – no, we were determined to also bag a number of Kane peaks along the way. Mount Sarbach is a prominent mountain southwest of Saskatchewan Crossing on Hwy 93. The clouds were getting a little cloudier at this point, and the breeze a little windier. The only weekend I can make it to the Rockies is July 13, 14, 15. Our mantra was that we “had lots of time – take our time”. I have no idea if its easier The path to the top of the ridge lay in the grey slope directly above them, although to get to the path up, you first had to traverse almost all the way to the snow. Then, sadly, it was all over. The summit is just visible here - already threatening us! Mount Northover is one of the most serious scrambles mentioned in the Kane book and I knew that doing it with only 2 or 3 granola bars and a bit of breakfast in our stomachs and 6 hours of fairly strenuous scrambling already under our belts was maybe pushing things a bit. I’m wondering what you used for navigation? Watch Queue Queue. Hawk Ridge . Shortly after this we would once again pow wow on what the hell we were doing! I’m not sure if Jon realized how desperate my predicament was but he waited patiently while I talked myself down to a safer stance. Mount King George dominates the western horizon. Mount Northover. We did not spend much time on the summit as we were out of food and running low on hydration. In general I find unless there’s a really strong reason to wear hiking boots, I’m happier in lighter shoes. Since this scramble in 2006, I’ve climbed many hundreds of mountains and many routes that were more exposed and difficult than Northover (i.e. Wish me luck :), Let me know how it goes, hope you have an awesome time :). This video is about Northover Ridge 2019. I stood waist-deep in the lake eating my cupcake. Eventually we popped over an edge and into the Aster Lake basin. Took us 9 hours 45 minutes (8am - 5:45pm). From the west shoulder, it was an easy plod back to the campsite at Aster Lake. Thank you for your patience while we retrieve your images. Jon is happy to be hiking on easy terrain again. Part of the southern section of the lake was closed, so the plan was to run out and back via the north shore of Upper Kananaskis Lake. As it was, I made do with an impromptu panorama which turned out okay. September 29, 2020. Thanks for this post! Time: About 10 hours, Loved your article and the pictures were fantastic! Jacket on top, but naught but underpants, socks and sneakers on my bottom half, as I stood in the water, soaking my legs for 10 minutes, to ensure they’d be feeling wonderful again tomorrow (it works wonders!). Marvel Peak (+ “Little Marvel”) My 2020 season was one of my favorite to date and even a messed... Continue reading. Description To do this hike in its most common form start at the Interlakes parking lot by Upper Kananaskis Lake. Overall, highly recommended, five stars, would run again! Is there any crux that would stop a big dog? 25.8.2013 megan 9 Comments. We first ascended Warrior Mountain and Cordonnier before continuing on to Northover. Distance: 35km Watch Queue Queue An almost three-km long tightrope of scree poised between the neve of Northover Glacier, and scree slopes plunging over 1200 m, or nearly 5,000 ft. into Joffre Creek Note: Combine it with routes #69 and 71 (and even routes #72 and 73) to experience the best backpacking trip, not just in K Country, but in the whole of the Canadian Rockies. But your mileage may vary, everyone is different, and it depends what you’re comfortable with. How did I get here anyway?!!”. explor8ion. And it was wonderful! I’m getting ready to attempt this hike in a few weeks and have a few questions… I see you guys wore sneakers instead of hiking boots? Required fields are marked *. Our campsite. There’s the usual Gem Trek map for the area that we brought along, but once you know where you need to go, it’s mostly pretty easy to just follow the trail as long as you have the description. Vern delicately balances over an 'easy' section of the south ridge - compared to the crux anyway! I started up the slabby terrain in a small crack that led just left of the section that Kane warns his readers *not* to get into. It was so steep that when I looked down I was looking through my legs at thin air for hundreds of feet, and there were not a lot of hand or foot holds available to me. Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -10 C on Fri night, min … Northover Lakes far below. It was high in my to do list, but now even higher in my to do list. Northover Ridge Route . I did (and especially now) not agree with this tactic. Unbelievable exposure down the SW face of Northover as Jon clambers up the crack that I found, leading to the summit. Going up was not an option but going back down was quite simply the hairiest down climbing I’ve ever done! You can only hear me talking saying stupid things. The plan had always been to do it in a day, and finally we had chosen the day. Meanwhile, Kim actually jumped in for the full submersion experience. Mount Sarrail is a 3,159-metre (10,364-foot) mountain summit located in Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Over the next two days we would complete another 3 peaks around Three Isle Lake. Deep in the heart of Kananaskis Country (a series of provincial parks that are closer to Calgary and less busy than Banff National Park), Northover Ridge is … Soon we were standing under the crux section just below the summit. I think I may have forgotten to explain in detail to Jon just how difficult Mount Northover was or he might have joined Rod… As we started up the lower grass slopes of Mount Northover (which is also part of the Northover Ridge route) I began to have my doubts about the wisdom of our choice. This worked extremely well and for some reason the descent was easy and stress-free. I have never been so worried or scared on a route before or since (as of 2016). We had a brief snack stop at the lake, but then pushed onwards and upwards, around the south shore of the lake, and up the scree between Warrior Mountain and Mount Northover. Northover). Backpack the Northover Ridge Loop Rated 5.0 /5 based on 1 customer reviews 5.0 25 miles 4000 ft gain - Loop Trail Save Add Review Get Directions Add Photo Added by Kyle Frost Distance: 25 … Many folks were invited, but in the end it was just the four of us who made it. The Kananaskis Lakes shimmered in the distance behind us, and white fluffy clouds made the sky seem even bluer. It took us 36 minutes to go from the summit of Mount Northover to the Northover col – and that was taking our time, going down most of the route on our butts and hands due to the looseness of the terrain. I think that was about it :), Thank you so much for the response and advice! 13 Mount Joffre Attempt | 2011-09-17. Was the trail hard on the ankles? Heya Liz – doing it in a day, we were definitely happy in sneakers. I can usually pick out a good route really quickly but this time I failed, with almost fatal consequence. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Almost off the difficult stuff while descending the west face of Northover to the shoulder - which is out of sight to the left here. I have heard of more than one mountaineering accident (including in the Rockies) where the person in trouble seemed to simply “let go” and fall to their deaths. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I think this is probably exactly what happens. The adventure wasn’t quite over yet. The plan had always been to do it in a day, and finally we had chosen the day. It’s an amazing hike, definitely top five for me! Watch Queue Queue. The goal is definitely to keep it as light as possible, got any advice? Although we eventually lost motivation over the last couple of kilometres of rough trail, and settled back into a steady plod. This is a serious climber’s scramble. 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