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Old Baldy Ridge and Beyond ( ?? ) T4/S5

 

 RSVP April 24, 2013 Wednesday 9:00pm

16 km return and 865 meters elevation,  5 to 6 hours hiking time. More if we go for Old Baldy Mountain. That would add another 350 meters of elevation and 1.5 ( ? ) km

 

    Description excerpted from Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies by Kathy & Craig Copeland:


Old Baldy Ridge is a mellow, alpine hump well below 2,728m Old Baldy Mountain. Ignored by motorists plying Hwy 40, Old Baldy Ridge is neither craggy nor towering. Its blunt top and forested flanks are nondescript. Singular peaks nearby hog all the attention: Mt. Lorette, Mt. Allan, Mt. Kidd, and The Wedge.

But Old Baldy Ridge is a fine grandstand from which to gaze upon those and other monumental mountains. The ridgetop is broad and, true to its name, treeless.

Though the trip begins on an old road, it leads to an engaging, rugged trail - streamside for about an hour. Where it briefly deteriorates to a bootbeaten ledge climbing the gully wall, acrophobes will be unnerved. Beyond, a luxuriant subalpine gorge beckons, and the hiking is easy again. Upward progress is rewarded with startling over-the-shoulder views of The Fortress and The Wedge. The final, grassy-slope ascent is steep but increasingly scenic.

 

 

Waivers:As per the new policy for waivers; I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meet up location and the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike. You will also be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

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  • Andy D.

    5 star day and group. The objective was not reached because of deep snow but a scramble up an outlier of Mt. MacDougall did just fine for views and the scramble part of the day. Great meal at the Junction House cafe in Deadmans Flats for some of us after too.

    2 · May 11, 2013

    • Imad B.

      Thanks for the hike and all the help Andy. This was a wonderful hike and the dinner at DMF was icing on the cake.

      1 · May 12, 2013

  • Shawn

    Excellent adventure with a challenging scramble

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • Tonia

    This was an absolutely fantastic hike with many glorious views from the summit of some unknown mountain (part of MacDougall ? :) Loved it!

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day as always! Very nice scramble and unbelievable views! Thanks everyone for making it so much fun..

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • Jessica C.

    Well.... we skipped Old Baldy Ridge and proceeded immediately to the "and Beyond"!! The optional scramble was, well, not really optional... lol... but what an EPIC day! Especially for May! So much fun and amazing views from the not summit of ?? Mountain!! We loved our day! Thanks Andy!

    2 · May 11, 2013

  • Tari

    Sorry, I just noticed i was moved to attendace list. I didn't have time to prepare. Maybe next time.

    May 10, 2013

  • Phebe

    gotta love short notices... family bbq tomorrow. Have fun all!

    May 10, 2013

  • Deb

    Sorry, change of plans.

    May 9, 2013

  • Erika

    My business trip in Houston has been extended through the weekend. Must drop this hike.

    May 6, 2013

  • Tari

    Will drive plus 3.

    April 28, 2013

  • Phebe

    Passenger, please.

    April 27, 2013

  • Erika

    Can drive plus 3

    April 27, 2013

  • Barry M

    Can Drive +3

    April 25, 2013

  • Jessica C.

    Driving & can take 3

    April 25, 2013

  • Alison S.

    Think I will survive this one?

    April 24, 2013

  • Scott M

    I an take 3 passengers to the trailhead.

    April 24, 2013

  • Deb

    Is the S5 portion optional?

    April 22, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Yes. And only will be done if time permits.

      April 22, 2013

  • Tonia

    Andy, do you open RSVPs on April 24 or May 1? you have 2 dates..

    April 21, 2013

    • Andy D.

      April 24th for rsvp. May 11th for hike.

      April 22, 2013

  • Andy D.

    DATE CHANGE to May 11th. May 4th is my sisters birthday.Oooops I forgot.

    April 21, 2013

  • Doug R

    Andy I like the and beyond part. Sounds interesting. May have to try another redo on this one?

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • Atash

    Looks like wasootch peak but I could be wrong

    April 15, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Yes you are wrong. Ive done Old Baldy a few times and I still remember where it is. Despite my age. :-)

      1 · April 16, 2013

    • Andy D.

      It is in the vicinity. could be the peak across the valley but I'm sure that is McDougall??

      April 17, 2013

  • Andy D.

    S5 if we climb Old Baldy Mountain. time and weather permitting.

    April 17, 2013

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