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.
• Marking milestones (our 8th wedding anniversary and Brianne's 100th summit) where we prefer: On Top of spectacular 💯 Ptarmigan Peak!
• Baby Maren's first hike: an introduction to the Hobbs family On Top of the Larch Hills Lookout!
• All good things... Wrapping up our Jasper camping trip and running off steam at the toe of the (rapidly disappearing) Athabasca Glacier.
• Assumptions, impromptu hikes and malignant moody views of Maligne Lake from the Mary Schaffer Loop.
• Wetted whistles and whistling winds atop Jasper's The Whistlers!
Que sera, sera. (Thanks to smoke, we cannot see): heartwarming hiking and air quality advisories in the Cavell Meadows.
• The Eagle has landed! 🦅 An overdue father-son adventure on and around Eagle's Landing!

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