Some Prefer It On Top

Welcome to a website dedicated to those who prefer it on top - of a mountain. This website documents my many ascents in the Canadian Rocky Mountains (and occasionally elsewhere). It is my intent to share with you, my passion for the outdoors, for hiking and for scrambling. This website is designed to allow you to vicariously follow my adventures in the Canadian Rockies and to enjoy the splendor of their glaciated peaks and lake-filled valleys as I do. It will be updated frequently with new ascents as I complete them. Photos and a blog-style entry will be recorded for every ascent. It is my hope that these will serve as a resource for other outdoorsmen (and women) who wish to add their names to those already listed in the summit registers high atop. May you enjoy all of your scramble adventures as much as I have mine!
-Matthew Hobbs

What's New?

• A view of below from above befitting of the name Vimy - an ascent of Vimy Peak 100 years after the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
• Atlanta's Stone Mountain might not be the most interesting summit but you can always make your ascent more interesting with a couple wrong turns!
• Who knew that you could have this much fun climbing the “furniture”? A sublimely stinky hike up Table Mountain in Alberta’s newest Provincial Park.
• It would be a shame to waste a day this beautiful at work: a spectacular midweek ski/snowshoe up Packer's Pass Peak.

My Tribute to the Forefather of Scrambling in the Canadian Rockies Alan Kane: