May 12, 2013
Kananaskis Country (South), AB
Windy Peak is one of the few officially named summits in the Livingstone Range on the southern edge of Kananaskis Country. The peaks in this area are low in elevation and technically easy, which makes them ideal for off-season or shoulder-season ascents. Windy Peak isn’t an exception. I did it as the 2nd objective of the 4-peak traverse in this area. The first objective was Mount Hornecker.
Due to the forested isothermal snow, from the summit of Hornecker, Raff and I were forced to descent a line almost straight down towards Windy/Hornecker col. That brought us even closer to Windy Peak. Raff had done it but he was okay to wait for me at treeline. I dumped all gears and speeded up towards this objective. It probably only took me 10 minutes to top out on the ridge crest, and then it was a hike (in strong gusting wind) to the summit.
I could barely stand there taking an obligatory panorama, before running back to rejoin Raff, and then we would be going up Saddle Mountain together.