Chinook wind on Prairie Mountain

Dsc04835Yesterday, I wanted the best of both worlds — to sleep in on a day off and do a hike.  So, Prairie
Mountain was a great choice.  Prairie Mountain is a good off-season destination, located in Kananaskis Provinical Park, just past the Elbow Falls parking lot.  Because the road to K-Country is under seasonal closure, I usually try to find alternative hikes near the gated roads to the mountain areas, as far in as I can get.  [I’m also not keen (or trained) for avalanche terrain, so I generally stick to the eastern slopes and ridges at this time of year.]  Today, the start of this hike is only 200m from the gate.   I realized that I’ve hiked areas near this mountain, but never on it.  From another climber’s site, it seemed to provide a neat panorama at the top, which was just
what I was looking for in the day. 

So, I drove to Kananaskis and started at 12:30, summitting in just over an hour of a consistentDsc04877
Dsc04874 steep climb through pine forest.  Occasionally, the forest would break free for a great view of the east or west.  As I got to the top however, I really began to the feel the wind [the winds have been high in the mountains lately] and eventually donned a balaclava so I could enjoy the summit views
and take pictures.  The final ridge climb reminded me a lot of Sentinel Pass near Highwood. I put quite a few photos on flickr.

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