Skoki: Packer’s Pass Peak & Fossil Mountain
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The Skoki area is undoubtedly one of our favorite parts of Banff National Park, and one we’ve found ourselves habitually returning to. A day trip out here doesn’t come easy, however. Pretty much any journey out to this scenic swath … Read More

Little Hector
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Sitting about 20 km north of Lake Louise along the Icefields Parkway, Little Hector is an outlying summit of 11,135-foot (3394 m) Mount Hector. One of the fifty-four 11,000-footers in the Canadian Rockies, the peak was named in honor of … Read More

Mount Schaffer
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At the start of our six-month stay in Golden in 2022, I told Stephan that hiking the Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit was on my must-do list. I followed that up by informing him that visiting the area would also require … Read More

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
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Sitting along the Continental Divide, 3,618-meter (11,870’) Mount Assiniboine is the centerpiece of this eponymous backcountry park. Affectionately nicknamed the ‘Matterhorn of the Rockies’ for its resemblance to the iconic Swiss peak, Mount Assiniboine is the highest summit in the … Read More

Bow Peak
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After a gorgeous hike up Tent Ridge the previous day, we thought we’d take advantage of the lovely weather and smoke-free skies to bag another Rockies summit. The air quality forecast looked surprisingly promising, and after such a clear day … Read More

Tent Ridge, Kananaskis
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About an hour south of Canmore off the Smith Dorrien Trail, Tent Ridge is a Kananaskis favorite with high reward for little work. Clocking in at just 6.4 miles (10 km) with 2,650 feet (810 m) of elevation gain, the … Read More

Mount Richardson
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Standing at 10,125’ (3086 m), Mount Richardson is the highest peak in Banff’s Skoki area. Along with Pika and Ptarmigan Peaks, the three summits are part of the same massif that rises above picturesque Hidden Lake. After setting our sights … Read More

Ptarmigan Peak
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With more than a dozen of Alan Kane’s easy scrambles under our belt in 2022, we wanted to up our game a bit in 2023 and move on to some of his moderate routes. For me, the primary challenge that … Read More

Smutwood Peak
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Last year when we were in Golden, Smutwood Peak sat near the top of my list of must-do hikes/scrambles. However, with a nearly three-hour drive and intermittent highway closures across Kicking Horse Canyon, we put it off for closer objectives. … Read More

Mount Niles
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Located at the southern end of the Waputik Icefield just west of the Great Divide, Mount Niles offers an awesome view of Daly Glacier as well as some of Yoho National Park’s most notable peaks. Clocking in at just over … Read More

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