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Mount Baldy

After finishing Mount Yamuska, I drove towards Kananaskis Trail for Mount Baldy. This is another short popular scramble described in Alan Kane's book. From the trail head, ascend steeply through the forest. If you go at a steady pace, you will hit treeline in 20-30min. The ridge narrows considerably and leads to a 2m down climb. This is the normal crux on this route. The holds are very solid though, but if you are a newbie, you might feel nervous as there's exposure towards right. The next obstacle is a huge slabby face. Most people will choose to skirt around it on the right side, however, if you are looking for more hands-on scrambling, I suggest staying right on the ridge crest and climb up this face. It would be rated a upper moderate to difficult, but again, the holds are very solid. After this, the rest of your day is just a slog to the summit. If you are ambitious, you can traverse to the south peak and then west peak, and descend via an obvious gully between south Baldy and west Baldy. I want to leave West Baldy for an ascent via the more challenging west ridge, so I decided to go back.

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Summit register
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Summit register
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West Peak of Baldy
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West Peak of Baldy
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Looking down at Barrier Lake
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Looking down at Barrier Lake
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The crux downclimb
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The crux downclimb
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Looking back the crux
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Looking back the crux
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Going up the wall
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Going up the wall
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Barrier Lake
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Barrier Lake
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Skogan Peak
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Skogan Peak
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Nakiska Ski Resort
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Nakiska Ski Resort
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Old Baldy Mountain
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Old Baldy Mountain
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Summit register
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Summit register
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My entry
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My entry
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Barrier Lake
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Barrier Lake
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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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Looking down the north side
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Looking down the north side
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Looking southeast
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Looking southeast
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South Baldy & West Baldy
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South Baldy & West Baldy
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The prairie
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The prairie
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Looking over West Baldy
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Looking over West Baldy
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Looking back at the summit
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Looking back at the summit
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Looking back at the summit
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Looking back at the summit
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South Baldy
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South Baldy
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The slabby wall
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The slabby wall
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The slabby wall
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The slabby wall
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