Windy Peak

May 12, 2013

2240m

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.

The Livingstone 4-peak traverse route

The Livingstone 4-peak traverse route

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.

Windy Peak seen from Mount Hornecker

Windy Peak seen from Mount Hornecker

Descending rubble slope towards the col

Descending rubble slope towards the col

Looking back towards Hornecker. It looks quite like a peak from this angle

Looking back towards Hornecker. It looks quite like a peak from this angle

And it was a straightforward hike to Windy Peak, with strong wind though

And it was a straightforward hike to Windy Peak, with strong wind though

Mount Hornecker again

Mount Hornecker again

The summit ridge was flat and long

The summit ridge was flat and long

Summit Panorama. Click to view large size

Summit Panorama. Click to view large size

Cabin Ridge, S.O.Isola, and Isola Peak

Peaks including Cabin Ridge and Isola Peak

Beautiful clouds over the foothills and prairie

Beautiful clouds over the foothills and prairie

The summit cairn

The summit cairn

Mount Livingstone

Mount Livingstone

Clouds above Hailstone Butte

Clouds above Hailstone Butte

Saddle Mountain, our next objective

Saddle Mountain, our next objective

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.

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Comments
  1. I just discovered Windy Peak this weekend – had seen it from the top of Hailstone Butte the previous weekend. It’s beautiful – loved it!

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