Wawa Ridge

December 22, 2011

2460m

Banff – Sunshine Village, AB

After finishing Twin Cairns, it’s time to bag my second objective of this day solo snowshoeing in the Sunshine Village’s backcountry. The weather cooperated very well. Comparing to Twin Cairns, the unofficially named “Wawa Ridge” was a lot easier as it’s simply a matter of following the broad ridge up.

Ascent route for Twin Cairns, Wawa Ridge and Standish Hump

Ascent route for Twin Cairns, Wawa Ridge and Standish Hump

It was also a lot busier than Twin Cairns. The skiers had already set the tracks for me, so I didn’t need to do trail-breaking nor route finding. The ridge was almost blown bare, so it’s a pleasant walk to the summit without the need to worry about avalanche terrain. The views were similar to from Twin Cairns, but since this summit aligns with the Sunshine Approach Road and Bow Valley, I could see Banff townsite.

Beautiful view of Sunshine area!

Beautiful view of Sunshine area!

Another view, with sun glare this time

Another view, with sun glare this time

Zooming-in towards the mighty Mount Assiniboine

Zooming-in towards the mighty Mount Assiniboine

Looking back towards Twin Cairns

Looking back towards Twin Cairns

Another view of Assiniboine area

Another view of Assiniboine area

Panorama of Healy/Harvey Pass area

Panorama of Healy/Harvey Pass area

Mount Assiniboine

Mount Assiniboine

The summit cairn is huge

The summit cairn is huge

Partial Summit Panorama. At center is The Monarch

Partial Summit Panorama. At center is The Monarch

Bourgeau on left. Eagle Mountain on right

Bourgeau on left. Eagle Mountain on right

Mount Ball

Mount Ball

Mount Howard Douglas. Summit is on left.

Mount Howard Douglas. Summit is on left.

Panorama of Sunshine Village area

Panorama of Sunshine Village area

It was cold!

It was cold!

I didn’t stay too long on this summit but started going back soon. After re-joining my tracks from Twin Cairn’s descent, I found I still had time to kill, so next!

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