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Wawa Ridge

After finishing Twin Cairns, it’s time to head to my second objective of the day, Wawa Ridge. The weather cooperates very well. Compared to Twin Cairns, Wawa Ridge is a lot easier, due to its popularity. I would only say this small summit can only be called a slack country summit, since it’s a lot closer to the ski resort. The skiers had already set the tracks for me, so I didn’t need to do trail breaking nor route finding. The snow on the ridge got wind blown, so it’s a pleasant walk to the summit. The views are similar to Twin Cairn, but since this summit aligns with the Sunshine Approach Road and Bow Valley, I could see Banff Townsite.
After Wawa Ridge, I still had time, so I decided to get another peak done, namely, Mt. Standish. I wonder why this is called a mountain, because it doesn’t look like a mountain at all. Although this small hump has elevation of 2398m, it only rises above the adjacent Sunshine Meadows 150m or so. Also, Mt. Standish sits right in frontcountry, as the chair lift can take you directly to the summit. I think the name “Standish Lookout” is more appropriate. But anyway, since Sunshine Village calls it a mountain, I got another mountain done. Combined with Twin Cairns, the round trip time is 6.5 hours.

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Mt. Assiniboine
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Mt. Assiniboine
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Standish in foreground
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Standish in foreground
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Mt. Assiniboine
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Mt. Assiniboine
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Twin Cairns
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Twin Cairns
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Mt. Assiniboine
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Mt. Assiniboine
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Almost there
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Huge summit cairn
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Huge summit cairn
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Mt Bourgeau on the left
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Mt Bourgeau on the left
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Bow Valley
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Bow Valley
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Mt. Bourgeau
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Mt. Bourgeau
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Mt. Temple
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Mt. Temple
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Mt. Ball
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Mt. Ball
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Eagle Mountain
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Eagle Mountain
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Mt. Howard Douglas
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Mt. Howard Douglas
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Panorama looking S from the summit
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Panorama looking S from the summit
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Sunshine Ski Area
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Sunshine Ski Area
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Twin Cairns
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Twin Cairns
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Looking S from Standish
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Looking S from Standish
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Brewster Rock
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Brewster Rock
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Mt Bourgeau rises above Sunshine Village
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Mt Bourgeau rises above Sunshine Vil…
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Fatigue & Citadel Peak
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Fatigue & Citadel Peak
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Looking down to Sunshine Village
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