Some Prefer It On Top

Welcome to On-Top.ca: 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?

The Mountains are open! Please enjoy them responsibly to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
• A fine end to the camping season punctuated by a scenic family hike to Many Springs.
• Enjoying summer in October with a bridge-filled family hike to Lillian Lake!
• "Treating myself" to a 34 km day, filled with golden larches, glacial lakes and too many damned passes (!), en route to scenic Skoki Mountain.
• Anniversaries are about staying together and I'm glad that Brianne and I did during a celebratory attempt on White Man Mountain's East Peak! 💕
• Ledges and gullies and scree, oh my! Bison (Buffalo) Peak is a spectacular but STEEP m*ther!
• Our little "Bear's" birthday backpack bash atop Carbondale Hill (Happy 3rd birthday Penny)!
• You can't keep a good Goat down! Another amazing alpine adventure with my wife and a long-awaited birthday ascent of Crowfoot Mountain!

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