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?

• Should I stay or should I go now? A long-awaited bluebird day atop Little Temple's snowy summit!
• A steep stretch amidst crappy clouds in the Hermit Meadows.
• An ill-fated quest for anniversary coffee at the Lake Agnes Tea House...
• Marking milestones with an enchanting anniversary ascent of Purple Mound: enjoying my 250th summit with the Love of my Life Brianne Hobbs!
• A sh*t sandwich followed by an absolute gem: a "Plan B" two'fer on Ramp Peak and Quartzite Peak.
• A hot date on a chilly day atop Little Odaray!
• Rocky Mountain High! A spectacular visit to the roof of the Rockies atop Mount Elbert.

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