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?

• Salvaging a day with an attempt on Sofa Mountain after our original plans went "up in smoke"!
• Why sleep-in on vacation when you can climb?! Spectacular red rock scenery from the summit (?) of Sedona's Bear Mountain!
• Flying the coop! Kicking off a 2 night adults-only getaway by hiking to Chicken Point in scenic Sedona!
• A thornier, more venomous kind of hiking along the shore of Arizona's Saguaro Lake!
• 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: