Ok, a bit of delay in posting this, but here it is. Sunday, August 15th was my first scramble of the year. I had intentions of doing one scramble per month from May on, but raising my kid and taking care of my wife was my priority. So now that things are settled, I organized a scramble and off I went.
Here is GPS data, if you want to get lost like we did.
This scramble brought along new friend and dude I work with who just moved from High Level. Woop! Another northerner! His girlfriend came along as she was visiting from Saskatchewan. Also, an old friend came along as well. So four of us trudged out to Mt. Baldy on a Sunday afternoon.
The ascent was actually a nice hike through the woods along a dried up stream bed. Overlooking us the entire time was the ridge to the north. For some reason I thought we were supposed to be ascending via the ridge, but perhaps we’d get there in time.
We quickly ascended and gained some elevation. The pace at first was quite quick, but we slowed down as the grade become steeper. It was also at this point that I realised we were ascending the descent route. We were supposed to ascend via the ridge as I had originally (and the guidebook said) thought.
The views to the east toward Calgary were fantastic as Baldy is on the front range, so you’re way above the rest of the landscape. BTW, I was handing a camera to her, and I didn’t even know this photo was being taken.
We came down this slab, and unfortunately we came down the wrong side of this ridge. We should have come down the other side of the ridge which would have kept us on the main path. But alas, we lost the trail on the descent and had to bushwhack back to the road.
So yeah, I finally got to climb Baldy. A good climb, but perhaps I will take the ascent route next time! I’m hoping to have time for at least once more climb this year before the snow flies! Stay tuned!