Mount Baldy
2192m (7192ft.)

Located in the Kananaskis River Valley opposite Barrier Reservoir. Kananaskis Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 00; 40 Longitude 115; 02; 55, Topo map 82O/03
Can be seen from Highways 1 and 40S

Named in 1984. The mountain has a fairly flat, bare summit. Official name. Other names Bald Mountain; Old Baldy; Sleeping Buffalo Mountain; Barrier Mountain

Photo: Looking south-southwest to Mount Baldy from Highway #40 (courtesy Rob Taerum)
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Other Information
Photo: Looking north-northeast to Mount Baldy from Highway #40

This mountain formed the backdrop to the Prisoner of War camp which operated on the site currently occupied by the University of Calgary facility at Barrier Lake. Occasionally one of the prisoners would ask to climb the mountain. Permission would be granted if they signed a document promising not to use the opportunity to escape.

The mountain was referred to as Bald Mountain by Kendall Kerr of the Eau Claire Logging Company as early as 1883. (Lakusta)

Prior to being officially named "Mount Baldy" in 1984, the mountain was referred to as Barrier Mountain by people working with the Kananaskis Foresty Experimental Station during the 1960's and 1970's, and the Federal Forestry Department in the 1950's. This name likely derived from the mountain's location adjacent to the Barrier Reservoir that was built in 1946. Perhaps it was because there was already a Barrier Mountain in the Red Deer Valley that this name did not become the official name of the mountain. [Rob Taerum]

Note that there is a mountain in the South James River valley named Old Baldy.

As well, there is Baldy Mountain in the Elk Valley of British Columbia.

Scrambling Routes
One moderate (but avoidable) step via southwest shoulder; some exposure. Mount Baldy - not to be confused with Old Baldy farther south - is close to Calgary, close to the road and close to the ground. During World War II, when the nearby Forest Experimental Station was an internment camp, prisoners were occasionally allowed to make ascents of this mountain-if they promised to return. It is still a pleasant ascent, if you're allowed to go. Like Mount Yamnuska on a spring day, the precipitous lower cliffs abound with rock climbers while not far away, scramblers tramp to the top. Everyone has a good time. The ascent is often possible by mid-March and in a dry year, right through to November. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 87

Beyond Mount Baldy
If you are confident of your scrambling abilities and the rock is dry, you can continue to South Baldy, 1 km south (372519). The trickiest part is getting down to the connecting ridge.


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