Steven Song's Peak-bagging Journey

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Mount Allan

Since I did Pigeon Mountain and Squaw's Tit the previous day (2200m total elevation gain), I was a bit tired in the morning on Monday, June 25, and I slept in quite a bit. Weather was promising, sunny in Canmore, so I still wanted a big ascent. I had my eye on the 5-peak-traverse from Wasootch Peak to Little McDougal for a long time, therefore I drove to Kananaskis Village. However, I changed my mind at the last minute to the 3-peak-traverse from Olympic Summit to Mt Collembola, which is more popular and has a trail for most of the part (this one has more elevation gain but shorter distance).

I wasted too much time in the morning, and started the ascent at almost 9AM, which was quite a late start. (If I started 20min later, I would fail Mount Collembola because of afternoon thunderstorms)... There was already cars parking at Ribbon Creek parking lot, but I wasn't sure if those guys were heading to Centennial Ridge, as there are many other trails starting at that area. Centennial Ridge Trail is very well marked, and you just can't get lost. The problem was the feeling of loneliness, and seeing lots of bear scats didn't help though. I started to make lots of bear calls. You gonna travel a good amount of distance before reaching the open grassy slope on the south side of Olympic Summit, where I finally could stop yelling... I passed two other hikers here, one from Edmonton and the other from Quebec. Due to the massive amount of elevation gain in the day before, I was short of energy. I tried to slow down the pace, but only for a few steps and then found myself speeding up again... I guess it's hard to maintain a slower pace when you hike solo, and as a result I had to pause regularly. After a bit of perseverance I stood on top of Olympic Summit. The view of the rock wall: Mt Bogart - Sparrowhawk - Wind Mountain - Mt Lougheed was impressive. All four of those are on my list and I gonna do them when the snow melts. I can attempt Sparrowhawk and Lougheed now, but I just don't like the extra weight of ice axe, crampons, and mountaineering boots (note my hiking boots are not crampon compatible and I have to carry mountaineering boots if there's a great amount of distance with crampons on). My hiking boots are very soft, but crampons are rigid, so that's why. Is there a way to let them work?

After Olympic Summit you gonna have to lost about 80m elevation towards the rock garden, where you can admire some impressive pinnacles. A hail / wet snow storm moved in and I lost the view temporarily after this section. The rest of the way to the summit of Allan was just about perseverance again. I managed to summit Allan literally 2 minute before another big storm, therefore I got a decent panorama from the summit. The register is specially shaped and even contains sugars and snacks. The book was wet and I could barely write on it with pencil. The hail / wet snow storm was significantly heavier than the previous one. I found a shelter place on the east side and waited for more than 30min until it was gone. During which two scramblers joined me on the summit, they didn't plan on Collembola so headed down soon after taking a few white-out summit photos.

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Bogart to Sparrowhawk
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Bogart to Sparrowhawk
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Ribbon Peak
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Ribbon Peak
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Centennial Ridge Trail
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Centennial Ridge Trail
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Mount Kidd
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Mount Kidd
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A grouse
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A grouse
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A grouse
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A grouse
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Mt. Kidd to Ribbon Peak
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Mt. Kidd to Ribbon Peak
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Peaks on McDougall Massive
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Peaks on McDougall Massive
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Olympic Summit ahead
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Olympic Summit ahead
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Mount Kidd
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Mount Kidd
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Ribbon to Sparrowhawk
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Ribbon to Sparrowhawk
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Bogart - Sparrowhawk - Wind - Lougheed
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Bogart - Sparrowhawk - Wind - Loughe…
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Allan to Collembola
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Allan to Collembola
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Skogan Peak
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Skogan Peak
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McDougall Massive & Fisher Peak
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McDougall Massive & Fisher Peak
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Mount Kidd
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Mount Kidd
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Mt. Bogart to Wind Mountain
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Mt. Bogart to Wind Mountain
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Mount Allan ahead
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Mount Allan ahead
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Look towards Fisher Peak
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Look towards Fisher Peak
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Mount Bogart
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Mount Bogart
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Wind Mountain & Mt. Lougheed
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Wind Mountain & Mt. Lougheed
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Bow Valley & Canmore Corridor
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Bow Valley & Canmore Corridor
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Mount Bogart
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Mount Bogart
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Mount Kidd
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Mount Kidd
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Fisher Peak
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Fisher Peak
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Mount McGillivray
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Mount McGillivray
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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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