Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ha Ling Peak (July 5, 2014) - Canmore, Canada

"Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb."
-- Greg Child

Ha Ling Peak (which used to be known as Chinaman's Peak, but changed for obvious reasons) was named after a chinese cook for the Canadian Pacific Railway who bet that he could not climb the peak in less than 10 hours.  There is an easy hiking route up the S. Side of the peak, and a few classic climbs on the N. Side, as well as a scramble up the Canmore Couloir.  I'd like to do the NE Face next time I'm there.  But as it stands, it's a pretty good peak to do before your kids/wife wake up.

Looking across at the Rundles.  These are the peaks that divide Banff from Canmore.  Very impressive, and a traverse sounds like fun.
Summit shot.  Now there's a trail all the way to the top.  It's a very easy hike, with great views, and very close to Canmore.  I could have easily spend a few more days in Canmore area... 

Looking straight down from the summit... 
And down the bow valley

Summit shot!  It was quite windy up top. 
Here's the view from town... looking at the N. Face
Oh hi there, mangy, mountain goat.  Due to the early sunrise (5:30 am)... I could make it up the trail and back to our AirBnB home by 7:30 am.  Before the kiddos started stirring.  
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