Mount Sparrowhawk

Attempt date: October 8th, 2012
Start time: 8:30am
Completion time: 8 hours
Elevation gain: 1350m (4429 ft)
Elevation above sea level: 3121m (10239 ft)

Participants:  Marko Pribilovic (Moderately Hungover), Jimmy Quigley (Moderately Hungover), Con Sweatman, Patrick Latter

Directions

Take the road out of Canmore towards the Nordic centre, continue past the Grassi Lakes and the Goat Creek day use parking. Follow the unpaved Spray lakes road for about 27-28km until you see the Sparrowhawk Picnic sign. Park here and the trail head is on the opposite side of the road from the lake.

Gear

  • Food
  • Water
  • Warm fleece
  • Winter Jacket
  • Winter socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Thermal underwear
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Poles

Trail

Con and I arrived early enough to go down to the lake and take some pictures in the dim morning light. As we made our way down to the water’s edge it was raining lightly and the clouds were low enough to obscure the peaks of the surrounding mountains.

Once the others arrived, we began to make our way up the well defined trail as the rain quickly turned to snow.

It wasn’t long until we broke out of the tree line and the snow had already begun to accumulate at this elevation.

Once you reach the base of Reed’s Ridge, you have to go left around it and up the gully. The almost white out conditions we were currently in were similar to what we had back in June when we had made the mistake of just following the ridge and ended up with no way to continue on to the summit.

This was Con’s first serious hike, as he had just recently moved to Banff from Winnipeg.

As we neared the top of the gully, it began to get steeper and we ran into hidden ice under the snow that made it dangerous to continue without crampons. Luckily, we managed to find a route to the far right that was free of ice.

Once we reached the top of the gully, we had a fantastic view of Reed’s Tower, which is the highest point of Reed’s ridge. You can see why you wouldn’t have a way down if you had gone the wrong way.

From here you go left and follow the wide barren slope up to the summit block. The loose rock was mostly frozen into place and the snow drifts were never more than knee deep so it wasn’t too bad of a hike up. The near white out conditions did make it difficult to keep motivation up as you couldn’t see how far from the top you were.

Looking back down you could now just barely see the top of Reed’s Tower.

At almost 4 hours into the hike we finally got sight of the summit block; it was far more daunting than expected. We decided to stop and have lunch and decide whether to attempt it or not.

As we ate our lunch the sun briefly broke through the uppermost layer of clouds right above the summit. It was an amazing sight to see this natural spotlight shine down above us.

Looking back down the mountain we were briefly above the clouds/storm. You could feel the cold wind suddenly change to blindly bright heat from the now exposed sun.

The brilliant sunlight gave us the motivation to at least attempt the summit block. We began to make our way around to the back as we followed the right most ridge.

Almost as quickly as the sun had come out out, it disappeared behind the clouds and snow.

Once at the back of the summit block the sun came out one final time and gave us one of the best views I’ve ever seen hiking. We were literally above the clouds for about 10 minutes.

We made our final push for the summit just as the clouds returned.

Once at the summit we took some photos and wrote our names in the logbook that is stashed in the rockpile at the top.

There is no cell reception for 30 mins in either direction at the base of the mountain but at the summit Marko managed to get enough reception to stream the music video ‘Gangnam Style’ and have a dance off.

The wind really started to pickup and there was no sign of the sun returning with the blowing snow, so we quickly made our way back down.

By | 2017-06-07T12:58:08+00:00 October 10th, 2012|Day Hikes|286 Comments

286 Comments

  1. smashingthroughlife October 10, 2012 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Wow, the first photo and the third with the two trees are stunning!!! Beautiful work.

  2. Jamie Dedes October 10, 2012 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Pretty fabulous…

  3. Eagle-Eyed Editor October 10, 2012 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Brrrr…I can feel the chilly wind blowing! Grabbing my jacket in 3…2…1…

    I love the fact that you had a Gangnam Style victory dance in the snow. So funny.

  4. Carol October 10, 2012 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Brilliant. First photo is absolutely gorgeous.

  5. alpheba October 10, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun 🙂
    The photos are amazing,

  6. Wildflower Women October 10, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Some ethereal shots, once again! Great eye with the camera and love the hikes. We have many fabulous ones around here as well. Keep enjoying the great beauty of nature, and thanks for sharing it with the world!

  7. Believing In Beauty October 10, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Those pictures are simply magnificent. I love the ones of the sun peeking through the clouds.

  8. shoes October 10, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Such great adventures (and amazing photographs to go with them)!!!

  9. nutsfortreasure October 10, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Beautiful hike as always.

    Thanks Patrick, my Son is in J Hole and so looking forward to Fresh Powder lol so not ME 🙂 brrrr

  10. Jontacular October 10, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Love the shot of the guys walking down the hill as the sun disappears again. What an extraordinary environment – thanks for documenting it so well!

  11. petrel41 October 10, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos of beautiful surroundings!

  12. brocasvennerwheeler October 10, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Wow!!…looks cold, Wow!! Keep living the life!!

  13. manningtreearchive October 10, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Brilliant. I can feel that cold.

  14. linneann October 10, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Astounding!

  15. motioners October 10, 2012 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Great shots, as we have come to expect. Looks like the hike was pretty exciting. Not your typical up the hill and back. Thanks, bill

  16. all our good days October 10, 2012 at 9:27 am - Reply

    I can really feel the power of nature just looking at some of these images… I’m not a serious hiker, although my husband and I like walking in the mountains… in summer… Doing a hike like this would require me to face some fears! Still beautiful though!

  17. jenniburkeyoga October 10, 2012 at 9:27 am - Reply

    WOW. Love the trees covered in snow photo… You guys are inspiring!

  18. beckyfields October 10, 2012 at 9:29 am - Reply

    your photos are stunningly beautiful. But the world you’re adventurously exploring is the real stunner. thanks for sharing it, bit by photographic bit! I love your posts!

  19. Lizbeth Hamlin October 10, 2012 at 9:30 am - Reply

    I get sooooo happy when I look at this and take in the remote beauty that surrounds you…especially that one where you are looking back at the range….Thank you and I bow to your brave journey of going beyond some limits!

  20. Boomdeeadda October 10, 2012 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Looks like a great adventure. Crack me up, Gangnam Style moves above the clouds. What is it about that song that makes grown people bust a move? As always, awesome photo’s.

  21. dottaandbeambeam October 10, 2012 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Beautiful pics. Makes me want to go on a hike in the cold. Also, Marko, nice ‘stache!

  22. sarahlmandl October 10, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Beautiful! I especially like the photo of the two pines. So nice.

  23. merleytwister October 10, 2012 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Breathtaking images as usual. Really look forward to your posts.

  24. lifeyourwaycoaching October 10, 2012 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Once again Patrick, I live vicariously through your splendid hiking trips and glorious photography! Thanks so much for the fantastic post and breathtaking photos. I can almost feel the cool, crisp mountain air in my lungs as I read along with your climb!

  25. skewlfreak October 10, 2012 at 9:44 am - Reply

    i wouldn’t mind doing a hike like that. How advanced would you say that hike is? It looks beautiful. =)

    • Patrick Latter October 10, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

      It’s not hard in the sense that you need any special equipments or skills, but it is very long so it can be tiring. Doing it at this time of year made it more advanced though because of the conditions. So some experience and equipment was needed.

  26. Kathleen Hoffman, PhD October 10, 2012 at 9:51 am - Reply

    I love the photo of trees and the circular clouds…I was freezing in my warm room looking at the photos…breathtaking and chilly.

  27. eldinsmille October 10, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Nice!

  28. Patricia Awapara October 10, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    FUNtastic!!!!

  29. ethelthedean October 10, 2012 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Absolutely incredibly breathtaking.

  30. Elizabeth October 10, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Awesome photos, beautiful scenery, and “Gangnam Style” at the top — fun!

  31. mobius faith October 10, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    So many great photos and the travelogue just adds to the suspense, excitement and wonder. Well done. Love it!!!

  32. B. Carrowlyn October 10, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    lovely!

  33. Clanmother October 10, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I am so proud that you represent Canada!

  34. Bashar A. October 10, 2012 at 10:03 am - Reply

    As always your pictures are out of this world 🙂

  35. jtelusma October 10, 2012 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Breathtaking….. awesome work Patrick.

  36. Jenn October 10, 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

    So beautiful!!

  37. mybeautfulthings October 10, 2012 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Wonderful photographs! That was one amazing hike! I love the blue of the first photograph. 🙂

  38. Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} October 10, 2012 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Unbelievable…I could look at these all day!

  39. ckponderings October 10, 2012 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Absolutely stunning! Its images – and a blog – like these, about a place on earth you’ve never heard about, that makes you see that nature has some huge surprises in store for you. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  40. ckponderings October 10, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on ckponderings and commented:
    A great blog about a far-flung mountain. Stunning images, and well worth reblogging!

  41. opreach October 10, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply

    There are some really wonderful shots here. Way too cold for me, but I’m glad you were able to brave the elements and be so rewarded! 🙂

  42. fransiweinstein October 10, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Just spectacular!

  43. thebohiranian October 10, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

    when I read some of the captions I thought “eyyy sexy photographer~ op,op,opop, Canadian Hiking Style”

    um…anyways, your photography is stunning as usual and never ceases to astonish me 🙂

  44. bonsology October 10, 2012 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Crazy photos!

  45. asuka11 October 10, 2012 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Just awesome.

  46. Michelle Gillies October 10, 2012 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Pretty incredible! I found myself holding my breath as I was reading through (maybe I should have said “breathtaking”), until the dance off. Then I laugh so hard I spit my tea.
    It is wonderful to be able to experience things like this through people like you as I know I would never do it myself.

  47. simonreadbooks October 10, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Your photos are nothing short of spectacular. I confess I live vicariously through your photography . . .

  48. April L Lyon October 10, 2012 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Amazingly beautiful…

  49. jswesner October 10, 2012 at 10:44 am - Reply

    This makes me hate being in an office. So jealous!!!!

  50. Rexlin Victor October 10, 2012 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Wow, What a shot???? It’s really amazing. The first and third photo’s really great. Thanks for sharing.

  51. leemajors October 10, 2012 at 10:44 am - Reply

    wonderful indeed !

  52. Sanne October 10, 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

    So jealous that you guys have snow already! Stunning and inspiring pictures as always 🙂

  53. Yvette Aubusson October 10, 2012 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Wow! Gob smackingly gorgeous part of the planet and the pics aren’t bad either. 🙂

  54. abeautifulday October 10, 2012 at 10:59 am - Reply

    the stillness of the water in the first picture just calm me. brilliant work! i love all the photos. my hearts skipped several beats looking at them

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  56. windbag October 10, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Sweetness.

  57. Dieu October 10, 2012 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Amazing shots! Awe inspiring .

  58. Sheila Creighton October 10, 2012 at 11:08 am - Reply

    wow – great images. looks amazing!

  59. gladsong777 October 10, 2012 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Amazing! It’s like another world!!

  60. hegedussam October 10, 2012 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I absolutely love the first picture and the one of the overhanging cliff! Awesome!

  61. David Hall October 10, 2012 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Stunning images, superb.

  62. Alex @ northstory October 10, 2012 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I look forward to your posts b/c there’s always something that makes me stop breathing for a couple of seconds. Inspiring work!

  63. Carlene October 10, 2012 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Some of my favorite pictures yet…and Gangnam style was too funny!

  64. Dizzy October 10, 2012 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Soft, cool and fresh! Awesome pix, Patrick, but what else is new? Wondering if you’re a world-famous photographer and if not, why? You should have a gallery showing if you haven’t already. (I, ummmmm, am sort of from your neck of the woods — well, more north — and am SO darned proud of you! Just, really very, Patrick! Holy

  65. Doris October 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I envy you so much right now it is hot here in Texas, like super hot. Great photos like always 😉

  66. terrypetersen October 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Yikes and wow! When were these photos taken?

  67. Dip It Black October 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    The first and thirth pictures are beautiful!
    And like the picture of the man with the moustage haha.

    Love your posts :), just as gorgeous as usual

    X
    http://dipitblack.wordpress.com

  68. KorubettosHaiku October 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I love the first shot too and all the others. Looking forward to seeing these in Canada some day.

  69. In Search of Wisdom October 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Amazing!! Just love love your photos!

  70. misguidedghost86 October 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Wow the first picture of the lake was stunning, and I really liked the picture of the clouds surrounding the summit! 🙂

  71. enreal October 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Journals Of Enreal and commented:
    What an adventure!

  72. humanTriumphant October 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    You made my heart stutter on that first image!

  73. ly October 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    snow on trees–poetic and beautiful

  74. Tacey B. October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Wow!

  75. Prototype K22 October 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Looked like such an amazing adventure! You really captured the fun & beauty of the mountain 🙂

  76. designer22 October 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    so awesome pic

  77. Cynthia Reavis October 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    All I can say is wow! Each photo just became more breathtaking…..

  78. journeyson October 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    OH WOW! These are some amazing views! Awesome photographs!

  79. Malkire October 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    incredible images.

  80. John October 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    As always, great photography and narration. Must be nice to be in such great shape to be climbing mountains!

  81. alwaystheself October 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I want to go!

  82. saxsilverain October 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    every time i’m about to read your post, i have to hold my breath and get ready to see your beautiful pictures. no exception this time, and i’m glad i was prepared, as these pics are just breathtakingly awesome. congrats for the successful hiking!!

  83. mari wells October 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Your photos make the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” true. They are amazing, beautiful and 998 similar words.

  84. gautamdeva October 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    wow just wow…really

  85. aR October 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    These take my breath away. I love the two snowy trees, and I love the wide angle. I need a new lens…inspiring, as usual!

  86. aqueoussun October 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    The third shot in particular is wonderfully lonely, cold and empty….

  87. imatravellinman October 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I liked the Mustache Photo!

  88. walnut95 October 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    stunning photographs through the mist

  89. The Sage Lady October 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    What a trip! The beauty, the fantastic shows of Mother Nature, and of course the creative photography and narrative…Topped only by the not-to-be-beat dance fest! Kudos!

  90. elamany October 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    one like is not enough … perhaps million or trillion … may be …. thanks for sharing

  91. petewoo October 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    awesome pics! love L7C3649 …..
    🙂

  92. Elen Grey October 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Wowza! That is all. Nice “danceoff”. 😉

  93. LubbyGirl October 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I get my hike-by-proxy fix just looking at these. Love them all, especially the one with the mountain spotlighted in the sun. Glorious!

  94. Bella Remy Photography October 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    And I thought the Inca Trail was tough ! Wow ! What an amazing hike and your photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing this adventure with us.

  95. writerwannabe2011 October 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Spectacular! You make this prairie gal want to take up climbing mountains 😀

  96. austravelphotography October 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Inspiring…as always! Your photography is amazing and I love reading about your adventures. Did you use a fish-eye lens? How much photography gear do you take on a hike like this?

    • Patrick Latter October 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I did use a fisheye lens for the majority of the shots on this hike. It’s the first time I have used one for my hiking photography. I felt it would give an interesting effect with the weather. I usually bring 1 wide angle lens, 1 fast prime and a telephoto. I also bring a tripod and filters.

      • austravelphotography October 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm - Reply

        Thanks Patrick. I am in awe of your photos. That is quite a bit of gear to lug around with you!

  97. HEBC Youth Ministry October 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Wow… you are living the adventurous life. You’re pictures are magnificent! Are you a professional photographer?

  98. h0tchocolate October 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    looks freezing out there, but great photos! 🙂

  99. girlswritingcrazy October 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    The first photo is unbelievable. Looks like so much fun too!

  100. thoughtsontheatre October 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful photos. What kind of camera are you using?

  101. Mark Armstrong October 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Utterly fantastic. That one shot which gives the effect of hiking down a churning funnel was something else. Signing the hidden logbook sounds very cool– bet you’re in some very select company. Dancing at the top made me laugh. An exhilerating post, sir– thanks!

  102. petspeopleandlife October 10, 2012 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Oh, wow!!! Wonderful photographs of some spine chilling moments in your hiking expedition. Some of the photos are truly over the top good. Keep on snapping and please be careful, where ever you go.

  103. Lindsay Shugerman October 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Breathtaking photos! Checking out more of your posts next. Oh, and thank you for the follow on Ais4Austin.com

  104. lovebitsblog October 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Awesome, amazing, fantastic and beautiful!

  105. Amy E October 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    The third one from the top is my favorite. May I ask what camera/lens you used?

    • Patrick Latter October 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      I have a list of my gear under the camera gear page http://hikingphoto.com/camera-gear/

      For that particular shot I used a 35mm prime lens at F9.0. To ensure the falling snow doesn’t blur you want to use a shutter speed of at least 1/400 or 1/800 would be even better.

  106. marissapell1 October 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Your photos are absolutely amazing! My favorite is the 6th one down.

  107. a2canadian October 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    please may I be your friend?

  108. Vina'sdeliciousrecipes ! October 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Wow ! pictures are great and very very beautiful 🙂

  109. rayfausel October 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    fantastic

  110. dapontephotography October 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Super shots Patrick thanks for sharing – Steve

  111. derikandamandagrove October 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love the picture where the sun is disappearing behind the clouds and snow. So surreal and mystical! I love it. I also LOVE the wide angle of these!

  112. audfashion October 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!

  113. Lissa Rabon October 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Magical photos! In love with the lake shot. You guys are pretty silly…fun to look at.

  114. myritingboard October 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Than-you for posting . . .The story was fun and the pictures are BEAUTIFUL. Great job.

  115. Correna October 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    All I can say is Absolutely Gorgeous!!!! Thank you for sharing.

  116. desertrose7 October 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Amazingly beautiful. You just don’t look dressed warm enough to me.

  117. Barbara Backer-Gray October 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Amazing pics. You’re probably dressed warm enough for hiking up a mountain, but what I was wondering about was the teeny timy backpacks. There can’t be much more in there than some sandwiches, and maybe a space blanket. I’d be worried about being stuck in the snow for a while for some reason.

  118. cstransk October 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Your photos look so much like what I am seeing here in Russia, yet remind me so much of home in Canada! Love it!

  119. joyful2bee October 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Phenominal photos!! So envious of such opportunities!! You are doing a wonderful job of inspiring the rest of us!!

  120. Asian Vegan Eats October 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    WOW! Amazing pictures! I especially love the first pictures. It’s just simply stunning!

  121. managingemergencies October 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    I know I could not hang with you guys. Too much fun for me but you allow me to see shots I would never get. Thanks.

  122. jennybourne October 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photography as always! It sure looks like you guys have fun. Love the Gangam style! FYI: Your blog makes me want to start an outdoor adventure club!

  123. Shirley Chalmers October 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    What a great trek! Your ability to walk through all that snow and ever onwards and upwards is so admirable. As an oldie, one of the Old Wimps out Walking duo, I am much past all that, and I wish I could do it still. But Patrick, you take me there! So thanks very much for the adventure. I love your posts.

  124. Melissmor October 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    WOW – Blown away, absolutely blown away. Because of the side of the world I’m from, I can only imagine this, but if it is so breathtaking in photos, I can only imagine it live!

  125. Shirley Chalmers October 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on shirleychalmers.

  126. Aaron Clark October 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Hey Patrick, I’d love to know what photo gear you pack for this kind of weather.

  127. kingmidget October 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    I was going to say … that first photo was stunning … but somebody already did. So … that first photo is beyond stunning. I will be ordering a print as soon as I’m on-line with my credit card nearby. Incredible. Well done.

  128. kingmidget October 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on KingMidget's Ramblings and commented:
    I’m pretty confident that I won’t see another picture this year that is as stunning as the first one shown here.

  129. Maddie Cochere October 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Absolutely love your work, Patrick. These are breathtaking. Appreciate your comments as well so we know details and what you guys are doing. Speaking of which – love how silly you are at times. 🙂

  130. sakuraandme October 10, 2012 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos!

  131. kristi anne October 10, 2012 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    patrick, the pics above the clouds feel like your in god’s place. amazing. and is it me or should you be wearing more clothes! lol, it looks so cold and the jeans were rocking my world. 🙂 your pictures feed my senses my dear. thank you.

  132. shapeofthingstoni October 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Your photos make me want to be friends with you! Great trip despite the weather and some utterly stunning shots. I particularly love the first one.

  133. John October 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Brilliant! My favorite is the snow-covered trees!

    As a non-mountain climber, I’m living vicariously through your photos — from the warmth of home! 🙂

  134. Starr October 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Wow this is awesome. I never had a snow experience since I cam from a tropical country. It must be so thrilling and exciting to do what you are doing. How I wish I could go to other countries with snow.

  135. rena1021 October 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Wow, your pictures just keep taking my breath away… thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

  136. relaxingcooking October 11, 2012 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Wowwww I love your pictures. First photo is absolutely fantastic!

  137. bajonkes October 11, 2012 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Pretty sweet

  138. bajonkes October 11, 2012 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Beautiful. Blake ladd would be proud

  139. LoveForIron October 11, 2012 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Love them!

  140. Janet October 11, 2012 at 2:03 am - Reply

    The picture of the two snowy trees. Love it.

  141. ramblingsfromamum October 11, 2012 at 2:35 am - Reply

    I’ve said it before – I shall say it again…do you ever take a BAD PHOTO??? Exquisite shots Patrick yay Gangnam Style (woot woot) 🙂

  142. K ath October 11, 2012 at 2:42 am - Reply

    you captured the moments. great photos!

  143. poppytump October 11, 2012 at 2:46 am - Reply

    Fabulous ! what a sense of achievement all round . I hate not seeing the top of where I am heading for either NOT that I have attempted something like that 😉

  144. devoncountrydiary October 11, 2012 at 2:53 am - Reply

    Thanks for visiting my blog. From the brief look Ive had time for so far your photographs look really interesting. I’ll be back!

  145. Jennie October 11, 2012 at 2:57 am - Reply

    gorgeous photos! I tried to pick a couple favorites, but there’s too many!

  146. nickscrazyspace October 11, 2012 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Again, some fantastic shots! 😀

  147. NJ Alexander October 11, 2012 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Your photography is stunning! Thank you for drawing my attention to your work.

  148. phowitquo October 11, 2012 at 3:40 am - Reply

    I love your photos. They are dream come true 🙂

  149. Andrew Harvard October 11, 2012 at 3:43 am - Reply

    wow!

  150. gentlestitches October 11, 2012 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Wonderful pictures.

  151. Kevin October 11, 2012 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Playful. If it was me, I’d be cursing.

  152. Journey Photographic October 11, 2012 at 4:15 am - Reply

    I was going to comment on the amazing pictures, but now I’m too busy laughing at the idea of a Gangnam Style dance-off on the top of a mountain to say anything coherent…

  153. Claire O'Brien October 11, 2012 at 4:20 am - Reply

    Man, you just blow me away!

  154. angelfly63 October 11, 2012 at 5:05 am - Reply

    I love the photos! They always make me want to be in the midst of all that beautiful scenery! And the hiking part would be awesome, too!

  155. marylouharris October 11, 2012 at 5:20 am - Reply

    So, this is your autumn? Love the photos. And, thanks for the like Patrick.

  156. autumnlibri October 11, 2012 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Stunning shots! I love everything about snow and winter so these pictures are very close to my heart. Those sights are truly wonderful.

  157. Jeff Watkins Photography October 11, 2012 at 5:50 am - Reply

    Absolutely Gob-smacked. Stunning photos. Really need a Love option. Like is just not enough.

  158. festivalking October 11, 2012 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Breath taking pictures as usual Patrick…. 10 thumbs up!!! 🙂

  159. FortheLoveOf October 11, 2012 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Snow already! Wonderful! Beautifully taken too

  160. rampike October 11, 2012 at 7:03 am - Reply

    snow already. of course 🙂

  161. jenion October 11, 2012 at 7:04 am - Reply

    I’m so glad someone hikes like this and takes a camera along! I will likely never do it myself, but I LOVE seeing these stunning photos of your experience. Thanks for sharing with us!

  162. Melissa LeGette October 11, 2012 at 7:07 am - Reply

    awesome, awesome, awesome pictures. what a hike!

  163. sjuniperj October 11, 2012 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Gorgeous! I have major mountain and mustache envy! Thanks for a lovely little escape.

  164. Heights of Love October 11, 2012 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Gorgeous photos of a grand adventure, love it!

  165. Angela October 11, 2012 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I love snow!!! Can’t wait for some where I live. These photos are great!! You have quite an eye for framing nature!

  166. sarahjanefrancismarge October 11, 2012 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Good call on the gagnam style pics. And the hiking looks amazing too.

  167. Quarter-Life Kiwi October 11, 2012 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Stunning pictures, and pretty sweet dance moves!

  168. The Girl October 11, 2012 at 8:34 am - Reply

    i have mustache envy… and your friend’s mustache makes my life…
    love the pics 🙂

  169. Nadia October 11, 2012 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Stunning photography as always, you guys look like you are having a blast

  170. Doc October 11, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Marvelous!

  171. seniledenial October 11, 2012 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Love the 3rd pic. I enjoy looking at those stunning winter pictures as long as they are somewhere else! 🙂

  172. MisfitMamaAtHome October 11, 2012 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Wow & brrrrr!!! It’s still hot here in California. I can’t wait to move to cooler climes 🙂

  173. Renee October 11, 2012 at 10:41 am - Reply

    These are phenomenal photos! Love it.

  174. jzehrstudio October 11, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    AWESOME!

  175. WesternSpinster October 11, 2012 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Wow, beautiful! Looks like a ton of fun, I wish I could be there!

  176. poetrycurator October 11, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Wow! It’s amazing you find time to blog, when you are going on so many great adventures! Love your photos!

  177. David October 11, 2012 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Very spectacular scenery. Especially like the lake photo, and the ones where the sun begins to break through.

  178. filmiccornucopia October 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Seriously stunning photos here!!

  179. lifeuntildone October 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Great job capturing the sun spot light of the summit. It’s like Mother Nature gave you a peek-a-boo of what lay ahead before you could decide to bail.

  180. shaynagehl October 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    What I love about your pictures in this post, is that I feel so small looking at them! I feel like I am there with you and not walking around with a baby strapped to the front of me and a toddler pulling on my arm! 🙂

  181. Luffy Moogan October 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Amazing. Just amazing photos. Thank you

  182. Renatta October 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    truly breathtaking & awe-inspiring.

  183. southbyse October 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    All I can say is Holy *!#!. But I can also nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award, which I have: http://southbyse.com/2012/10/11/blog-award-one-lovely-blog-award/
    Have a SAFE day, Betsy

  184. Robin October 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos!

  185. oawritingspoemspaintings October 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Absolutely stunning pictures! It makes you want to go out in the nature.

  186. رولا ســعدي October 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I am speechless 😀 it is amazing pics!!! I wish I was there 🙂

  187. nepaliaustralian October 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    OMG, it is so beautiful!!!

  188. Sherry Key, Artist October 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Wow, I don’t have any words for it either….marvelous!! Thanks for sharing it all!

  189. petit4chocolatier October 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Brilliant & Breathtaking pictures!

  190. woolgather18 October 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Our world is amazing!
    Love that Gangnam Style is being played from the mountaintops…

    – s

  191. naturallymama October 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Oh my wow. How extremely amazing and inspiring! What a life, huh?

  192. asmalltowndad October 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    stunning! with your permission, I would love to possibly someday do a watercolor of the pines on the severe, snowy slope. But all amazing photos!

  193. avalindenmaier October 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Wow…all I can say

  194. Mr.Thoughtful October 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Unreal. Nature is so glorious

  195. Scott DSR Creations October 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Incredible! I used to live in Utah and spent years back country hiking and snowboarding in the Wasatch Mnts. These pics remind me of some of those journeys. Great work.

  196. whistlersbrother October 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    awesome!!!!

  197. Lori Lipsky October 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Amazing. I am never disappointed on your site. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

  198. Andrea W. Doray October 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Love these! I’ve always wanted to be an Everest (!) climber. That will never happen, but these photos remind me that “Everest” can exist in our backyards. Thanks!

  199. leahJlynn October 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks for stopping by and I enjoyed each and every photo here. looks like it was fun.

  200. Lacentua October 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    The very first photo is OMG stunning! These are great! You have an eye on you!

  201. fifteenacres October 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Your photos are so sharp and clear. The mountains are spectacular, and I love the colours you capture.

  202. Rev Dani Lynn October 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    You need to have a “LOVE” button on your blog to click in addition to “LIKE”. OMG, what gorgeous photos.

  203. earthriderjudyberman October 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Phenomenal photos.

  204. windhound October 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    So many brilliant shutter moments. The Reed’s Tower photos look like the curved neck of a giant horse.

  205. Perfecting Motherhood October 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Brrrrrrr… way too cooooold for me, but I love the aura of light above the summit.

  206. Butterfly Jewel October 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    These pictures are none short of awesome depicting your journey! It looks so cold, though. I’m glad you shared these pictures because it looks too cold to me even just looking at them. However, it looks so amazing!

  207. Cocoa Flower October 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Great photos as always.

  208. maricama October 12, 2012 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Wow! Absolutely amazing! The abyss!

  209. kbfotografix October 12, 2012 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Beautiful shots as usual, Patrick. Thank you so much for sharing!

  210. pomtee October 12, 2012 at 1:18 am - Reply

    These pictures are simply amazing. Love the Gangnam style ones!

  211. bambusasolutions October 12, 2012 at 1:45 am - Reply

    I’m torn! My heart would love to join you on one of your hikes to experience these beautiful places first hand. Then my body chimes in and reminds me that I wouldn’t make it a quarter of the way up a hill like that. Thank you for sharing your adventures, and for providing me with the inspiration I need to get fit.

  212. Bhargavi October 12, 2012 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Wooow just cant believe my eyes !!! Just Awesomely captured 🙂

  213. Andrea October 12, 2012 at 1:51 am - Reply

    your adventures always look so exciting 🙂

  214. smitamishrablog October 12, 2012 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Spectacular views…you are one lucky traveller!! I wish I could travel to these places too…Admire your adventure ability…Some of these are breathtaking, overall beautiful work…

  215. tendragons October 12, 2012 at 3:19 am - Reply

    The view (and hike) looks breathtaking!

  216. yummania October 12, 2012 at 3:57 am - Reply

    awesome.love the first picture best.

  217. Walking 4 Air October 12, 2012 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Captured so incredibly yet again! I am hugely jealous of your mountains there that you get to climb ~ Note to self: Must visit Canada!!

  218. susannachristensen October 12, 2012 at 7:18 am - Reply

    haha. Laughed out loud at the pics of your friend “dancing” to gangnam style. I like to “suprise” my friends at unexpected moments as well with uplifting “moments”!!

  219. booksoutsidethebox October 12, 2012 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Gangnam Style, lol, what a great addition to this wonderful hike and blog post! As a Korean I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the amazing places that this song keeps popping up in. Thanks for bringing it to Mont Sparrowhawk!

  220. evalentina October 12, 2012 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Beautiful work! I enjoyed perusing your website as well – looking forward to seeing what else you capture. It has a whimsical appeal to it 🙂

  221. Crystal M. Trulove October 12, 2012 at 9:14 am - Reply

    You were with a fun group of guys and I admire your tenacity! Lugging camera gear the whole way, too.

  222. adamorsolyamaria October 12, 2012 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Georgeos. 🙂

  223. plasticbagpoetry October 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING heart stopping pictures…beautiful!!!!

  224. Virginia October 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shots!

  225. somewhereinmybrain October 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I wish i can take photos as fantastic as those! winter wonderland!

  226. Marusia October 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    WOW…Fantastic… I especially like the sixth one.
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  227. morgancutbush October 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    These are brilliant, love the wide angles and the beauty mixed with humor

  228. arielpakizer October 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Your pictures are stunning. I love them, and am growing insanely jealous of you.

  229. Maritza October 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Just being there must be an almost religious/spiritual experience! thanks.

  230. Payal October 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    These are O MY GOD pics. I loved the picture of the lake. This lifetime seems so small to fulfill every dream. I am so glad with the help of WordPress we are connected to sooo many people in the world and can experience (at least virtually) what they are doing their worlds. Its a great feeling!
    Thanks for sharing pics of such magnificent places.
    And Thanks a lot for liking my post.
    Have a Good Day.

  231. kanzensakura October 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Again, you HAVE to add a love button instead of a like button. The snow pictures are truly magnificent. I always enjoy so much “travelling” with you and your friends. thank you!

  232. dearrosie October 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    I’m the 1,001 blogger who likes this post? Congratulations. You must’ve been FP!
    These pix are fantastic. Wow. You called #6 a “gulley”? I’ve never seen anything like that
    love the photo of the sun on the rock after lunch.
    what an adventure!

  233. rawmultimedia October 12, 2012 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    pure GREATNESS

  234. mila October 13, 2012 at 4:49 am - Reply

    Breathtaking.

  235. adailydoseofbetsy October 13, 2012 at 6:22 am - Reply

    After having a not-so-good day, I chanced upon these pictures and boy, did I get reminded that there’s a big, beautiful world out there… and there’s no point letting myself be bothered by the small stuff.
    Thank you for the reminder. Thank you for the awesome pictures.
    Loved the Gangnam Style dance moves, too! 🙂

  236. mmadonna1 October 13, 2012 at 7:54 am - Reply

    You did it again; managed to leave me speechless. You guys must be crazy. The photos are amazing but I like my quiet little nook in the corner by the fire, thank you! I give you lots of credit for your pursuits though! The end results are fantastic.

  237. gleaningthenuggets October 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    You got some totally amazing shots up there!

  238. londonbusybody October 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Unbelievable photos. Simply stunning.

  239. redjim99 October 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    That looks like fun, do you use a wide angle lens taking pictures? Or do you carry a couple?

    Jim

  240. newsnoprose October 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    You’ve just sparked irresistible wanderlust in me through these pictures; I think I’m going to leave London for a while… Thanks

  241. Anna Hub - Writer October 14, 2012 at 1:19 am - Reply

    There’s some beautiful shots, the first one in particular is breathtaking!

  242. Aelfgifu October 14, 2012 at 3:59 am - Reply

    The pic of the lake is exquisite. It looks so beautiful and serene.

  243. Priyash Jain October 14, 2012 at 5:47 am - Reply

    You are really a great photographer…Your 1st pic on this post is sensationally awesome…You have really much in you…I always wondered from where all these attractive photos came from…now i know the source…i feel that you really could reach the top with your camera…

  244. notebooksandteacups October 14, 2012 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Hiking is amazing, especially in the mountains, and your photographs are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing them!

  245. The Hook October 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Your work is stunning, my new friend…

  246. tmunsterhjelm October 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Great pictures and fantastic adventures! Im also addicted to tough nature experiences. My craziest one this far was an 5000 m high vulcano in Ecuador that erupted a few days after coming down. In Finland we don’t have any high mountains, but luckily Norway is not far away 🙂 Hope you never stop photographing, ill follow your blog from now.

  247. desertrose October 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Breathtaking…….

  248. briankilday October 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Well… that was epic.

  249. pamela68 October 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    I don’t know why I’m leaving. A comment among hundreds of others but your life is mind blowing. Your pictures open me up to places I thought only existed in dreams.

  250. jumbo October 15, 2012 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Great images! And what a beautiful location.

  251. wolftrackerblog October 15, 2012 at 8:31 am - Reply

    WOW, the first picture is just amazing. You find some of the most beautiful places and manage to convey their magic onto the screen.

    Thanks a lot for reminding me what a beautiful world we live in.

  252. Calvin Koepke October 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    FANTASTIC shots.

  253. gennied October 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    These pictures are beautiful. I liked the one of the young moose. Looking right into the lens.

  254. Rowan October 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Breathtaking.

  255. Ti October 16, 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I’ve said this once before but I love how you tell a story through pictures. I can almost taste the air and hear the sounds.

  256. joshuastanleyimages October 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Your site is full of amazing photography. I love the black and white image of the two trees.

  257. samanthabert0201 October 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos!

  258. careeradvisor123 October 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    These pictures are amazing. I love the photo that you took of the sky. Looks like Heaven.

  259. gFlow October 16, 2012 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    in jeans and collar shirt…?! wow!

  260. Mihaela El Wageeh October 17, 2012 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Amazing pictures! U have real talent for this!!

  261. olliesmum October 17, 2012 at 2:44 am - Reply

    I adore the photo you have taken of the water. The colours that have been captured are just gorgeous. I feel inspired to write a description or story based on the image – if it comes to fruition I’ll send you a link.

  262. MyADDMoment October 17, 2012 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Thumbs up to your friends that did this “moderately hungover”!! It gives me hope that I can combine exercise and alcohol!! ;-). MAM

  263. bublibeauty October 17, 2012 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Wow loved all your pictures . I’m happy I found your blog 🙂 🙂 . Really amazing . I want to visit this place 😥

  264. mrsohielectric October 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    I thought the wedding photos were fantastic!

  265. mydayscancount October 18, 2012 at 7:03 am - Reply

    You were on top of the world! Outstanding! Love the first one with the fog acting as a ceiling over the lake. Creation is amazing and you have a gift of capturing it for everyone else to experience! Thank you!

  266. RedCandy October 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Reminds me of Lord of the Rings….”this will be the death of the halflings” 🙂 sensational images!!

  267. linhartb October 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Looks like an awesome hike!

  268. Trena Penney October 22, 2012 at 5:10 am - Reply

    The first picture is totally breath taking! I enjoy your photography! Excellent work!

  269. Tina October 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your magical photos, and the stunning beauty of your part of the planet!

  270. managingemergencies October 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on My Inspirational Blog and commented:
    These guys must be rich.

  271. RainStar Callisto October 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Totally awesome! Your photos are amazing 🙂

  272. myinnermystic October 25, 2012 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Spectacular scenery.

  273. Nanook October 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    A most perfect opportunity for Gangnam Style. Well played, gentlemen.

  274. tellthetruth1 October 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    There should be a ‘Love’ button for this lot. What a stunning set of pictures.

  275. blaustenblog November 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Fantastic that you kept on going through the bad weather. I know I would have got worries and turned back!

  276. Chris Taylor Graphics November 5, 2012 at 4:25 am - Reply

    This look like an amazing place. I’d love to spend some time hiking and camping in Canada.

  277. Michael J. Milazzo November 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos!

  278. Susi November 8, 2012 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Beautiful picture, what amazon adventures you have!

  279. pinklightsabre December 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Dude! Killer photos! Enjoyed this post (mildly hungover) and awoke with my kids streaming Gangnam Style. Ear-wurm tune the whole day.

  280. […] If your interested, we also did this mountain last October. With a near whiteout, the experience was very different. October Attempt. […]

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