Mount Sparrowhawk Camping and Night Hike

Location: Alberta, Canada
Participants: Jimmy Quigley, Patrick Latter
Time: 12 Hours
Weather: 7°C – 20°C
Elevation Gain: 1350m
Max Elevation: 3120m
Start Time: 8:30pm

Directions

Head out of Canmore on the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes road. Continue on the unpaved Spray lakes road for about 27-28km until you see the Sparrowhawk Picnic area.

Gear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Food
  • Water
  • Shell
  • Warm fleece
  • Gaiters
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Micro Stove

Camera Gear Used:

Previous Attempt

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

Story

The trail began with a well defined path that made it’s way upwards through the trees.

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It’s not long until we came to a fork in the trail and we stayed left and followed the directions etched into the tree.

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With the sun already setting, we had to move quickly to ensure we had enough light to setup camp.

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Once we made it to highest point that still had some reasonable level soft ground, we began setting up the the tent while we put a few beers on ‘ice’.

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We got the tent set up just as we lost the last bit of light down the valley.

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Once the sun went down, we put some water on to boil for a dehydrated meal. MMMM Beef noodle something… (I honestly can’t remember the name of the one we had.)

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We woke up at 3am to ensure we had enough to time to make the final accent to the summit for a 6am sunrise. With the moon now out of sight, we had an amazing view of the stars!

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Once we reached the col, I setup to take a few shots of the Milky Way. It just happened by chance to be perfectly positioned behind “Reed’s Tower”, which a smaller peak that you can alternatively climb.

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We then turned around and headed up towards the summit block of Sparrowhawk. We reached the top with an hour to spare! With temperatures near freezing at the top, we did our best to stay warm for the coming sunrise.

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Mountain Top Dance Off!

Despite the extremely remote location there was a weather station of sorts at the top!

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… which also included it’s own shovel.

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We then headed back down towards the bottom. With some perfect snow slopes to make the trip a little easier.

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By | 2017-06-07T13:00:23+00:00 July 26th, 2013|Overnight Hikes|49 Comments

49 Comments

  1. Aradhna July 26, 2013 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Dude, you are inspiring. Your pics take my breath away.

  2. Alastair July 26, 2013 at 7:00 am - Reply

    and my breath too!

  3. Flippin' Amasian July 26, 2013 at 7:03 am - Reply

    What gorgeous views! Amazing.

  4. plainmuslimah July 26, 2013 at 7:17 am - Reply

    سبحان الله

  5. MrsBoardwell July 26, 2013 at 8:35 am - Reply

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. tammyheff July 26, 2013 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures. What an amazing view!

  7. Liliana July 26, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    You have Stiegl beer in Canada? How cool – I’m from Salzburg 🙂

    Your photos are absolutely fantastic, I love the one with the milky way!

  8. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat July 26, 2013 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Amazing photos.

  9. Chef Francois de Melogue July 26, 2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

    love your adventures

  10. Paul Doherty July 26, 2013 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Your photo are enticing. They make me want to go there. I enjoy your photography with commentary.

  11. jimmorrisondreamdiaries July 26, 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Amazingly gorgeous. I have TWO sky scenes like the pink and blue ones taken in Scotland last year/this year. Lovely effect on the water and mystical look of the hills/mountains at eventide. I’d like to live in this ‘zone’ just before dark when the sky is heavenly.

  12. rutakintome July 26, 2013 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Stunning images – as always – Patrick! bravo!

  13. jimmorrisondreamdiaries July 26, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I WILL by something once decoration complete in the whole home as there’s no space on walls right now for any pictures etc. so will troll through my favourite photos of yours to find the ones which I can blow up to frame. I have many similar but only a TINY amount. Great camera you must have. I’m amateur but two pics chosen as picture of the week in media and in finals in USA with the wooden mushrooms I took on a whim so coming in here encourages me to learn. Not ready for the tripod just yet but getting there thanks to you. I’ve had a free trip to the mountains at night. Thank-you again.

  14. Elyse July 26, 2013 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Fabulous!

  15. charley280 July 26, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures, as usual. Wonderful colors.

  16. Martha Brennan Weinfurter July 26, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Beautiful, would have loved to have seen more of that dance 😉

  17. Nia Simone July 26, 2013 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Amazing. I felt like I was there. But so steep! I have a recurring nightmare of being on something that steep and I think this just added a new episode to the series!

  18. Anonymous July 26, 2013 at 11:57 am - Reply

    absolutely stunning!

  19. Brianda Domecq July 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful; thank you for sharing.

  20. David July 26, 2013 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pics and scenery.

  21. BarryH July 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Great Milky Way shot

  22. sukiesoriginal July 27, 2013 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Wow, what amazing landscapes! Great shots, Patrick.

  23. jenn jay tales July 27, 2013 at 3:29 am - Reply

    You so know how to bring it and make me feel like I live a life, a little ordinary at times. Loved the story and the pics are as always – breathtaking! Well done Patrick.

  24. atrandom37 July 27, 2013 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Your photographs never cease to amaze me, Patrick 😀

  25. vaodiva July 27, 2013 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Quite different shots from October 😉
    All the photos are fantastic, but I like the stove fire against the twilight sky…just a unique view.

  26. theindeliblelifeofme July 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Simply stunning. Wonderful, wonderful photos. The Milky Way ones are truly awe-inspiring.

    And that dance is also brilliant.

  27. Teresa Denton July 28, 2013 at 6:23 am - Reply

    As usual your pictures amaze me and I feel as if I’m there with you!

  28. rena1021 July 28, 2013 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Beautiful, man, just awesome!

  29. The Weekly Day July 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Wow! Great shots 🙂

  30. Mishatsky July 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I haven’t visited your blog for a while. Huge mistake, I missed so many great photos! Love the photo of your friend and the rising sun.
    Greetings from Poland!

  31. Orlando Uy July 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    the view is just awesome! Lovely capture and thanks for sharing.

  32. Yuna (YunaPicsDelight) July 29, 2013 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Great, great shots!!!!!
    Love all the pics and it`s also a adventure for me to see your view of the trip, great!
    Yuna

  33. recoveringme July 29, 2013 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Being out in nature is one of the best healers for man-kind. Great blog and long may you connect with the earth.
    http://recoveringmeuk.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/earthing-is-a-walk-barefoot-along-the-beach-one-of-your-fave-things/

  34. Anna July 29, 2013 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Amazing photos! Must have been something being there irl and see 🙂

  35. rigmover July 29, 2013 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Great shots, well done.

  36. Fine photography…perfect lens choice for “big country.” Our San Juan Mountains are similarly ragged here in Colorado…also, love the night shots of stars. Excellent, just excellent.
    Box Canyon Mark

  37. Anonymous July 29, 2013 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Absolutely incredible images!

  38. Betty Londergan July 29, 2013 at 8:15 am - Reply

    That shot of the stars is just incredible! (But also loved the shot of the soup cooking…) Having just gotten back from Banff and Lake Louise and hiking our heads off (but nothing like the steep wilderness you tackle!) — this makes me wish SO badly I was back there!! Fabulous photos … thanks for taking us along!

  39. maureenjenner July 30, 2013 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Wonderful photographs. Your comments made them memorable. Thanks for sharing.

  40. david (studio tuesday) July 30, 2013 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Looks like an awesome adventure!

  41. Jim Brennan July 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Great video, at the top of the world.

  42. Justin August 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    You are the most wonderful blogger in the world.

  43. Incredible photos!

  44. Yvette M Aubusson August 5, 2013 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Glorious country. Great images.

  45. Isabella Cardinale August 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    well, Austrian beer beyond the great ocean… 😉

  46. claidig August 11, 2013 at 7:47 am - Reply

    The shots of the stars and sky are breathtaking.

  47. Ashley September 12, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Your photos are amazing. I specially love the one of the night sky. What a beautiful breathtaking view. I wish we could experience this every day. Thanks for following my blog =)

  48. mowog September 22, 2013 at 8:10 am - Reply

    very nice shots!

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