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.
• Chariot landspeed records and chance canyon encounters during an "easy" 39-km Bow Valley Parkway bike-and-hike.
• "You can't plan an adventure (or it ceases to be one)": an unexpectedly long family bike ride along the Legacy Trail!
• Family-friendly canyoneering chaos: an afternoon with friends in Grotto Canyon.
• An overdue Rockies reunion with family friends at Sundance Canyon.
• Bringing the HEAT 🔥 on Big Bend Peak!
• From falls to flowers and fires: Father's Day festivities and hiking hijinks on Waterton's Wishbone Trail.
• The saga of "Carlos" the Castle Dog: a dog-gone good hike to Haig Lake! 🐕
• Breaking up an "essential travel" day with a waterfall walk to Wapta Falls.
• Sun's out, Guns out! 🌞💪 A sunny summer date day on scenic Sentry Mountain!

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