July 11, 2012
Kananaskis – Smith Dorrien Valley, AB
Read’s Tower is a smaller ‘outlier’ on the gigantic slope of Mt. Sparrowhawk. It’s usually done in winter as a snowshoe ascent and is well documented in Andrew Nugara’s Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies. Its big brother, Mt. Sparrowhawk, is also doable in winter and is one of the classic ski ascents documented in Chic Scott’s Summits and Icefields, but needs much stabler condition. In summer time, both are easy scrambles with minimal hazard.
I managed to squeeze Read’s Tower into a summer ascent of the bigger Mt. Sparrowhawk. This was done as a side-trip so all of the approach and return is written in my Mt. Sparrowhawk’s trip report. In retrospect I wish I didn’t rush this peak on this particular day since there wasn’t extra views (just got them all from Mt. Sparrowhawk earlier in the day)… Clayton wasn’t interested in so opted for taking a nap, while I made a promise of coming back in 1 hour. From Read’s Ridge (the point where the two objectives split), it took me 25 min up, 5 min summit stay, and 15 min down.