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?

β€’ "Snowshoes are Dumb": a key finding during a spectacular ascent of Kent Ridge South.
β€’ Sneaking a peak in at the buzzer: a shoulder season ascent of 3,035-m-tall Mount James Walker!
β€’ Taking advantage of Summer in October (!) to enjoy a 3-generation trip up Mera and Penny's first Kane summit: Mount St. Piran! πŸŒžπŸ™Œ
β€’ Koalas, Pandas and Goats on the way to the Ink Pots - oh my! 🐨🐼🐐
β€’ One decade, three children and a heck of a lot of summits: a tenth anniversary two'fer on Richardson Ridge & Whitehorn! β€οΈπŸŽ‰
β€’ Hiking with the "big kids": a sunny September trip to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse.
β€’ "Scrambling" to find a big, beautiful, bucket-list peak for my 40th birthday: a midlife suffer-fest on Mount Edith Cavell! πŸ₯³

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