Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ha Ling - not the usual way up

Last weekend I took a little jaunt up Ha Ling peak, the iconic peak overlooking Canmore. It was a busy weekend and whilst most of the hundred's of hikers vying to summit head up to the gap and around to the Goat Creek parking lot, a way more adventurous route is to take the Directissima!

Bear in mind, that this route involves exposure, some moderate scrambling with some reasonably serious consequences, and a cool head is needed. Having said that, it is a blast if you're confident on your feet. Watch out for tourists on the col knocking stuff down on you though!

The route is very approximate!

Ha Ling from the climber's approach. The standard 5.6 climb takes the L hand skyline

A view down to Whiteman's Pond from the climber's approach to Ha ling.

Looking back down the bowl that brings you to the shoulder

View across from the shoulder to the final congested summit slopes on Ha Ling

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