Sparerib North aka Mount Mary Barclay
FRA – G.Macrae, 1990s
This ridge may have been ascended in the forgotten Kananaskis past, but was said to be an acceptable way of obtaining this peak.
Either park at Barrier Dam and bike west and south along the west shore of Barrier Lake or bike northward from the parking lot just before the road steepens up to Nakiska Ski Resort. Drive down off the road on the right to a large parking area. Follow the old road/power lines north about 13km passing the normal SE ridge up this peak to the far north side. Find your way through the trees and onto the north ridge. Apparently the north slabs on the summit cone are not a big deal but beware this is old information! Go explore.
But likely the best way up the Sparerib, is via the normal SE ridge. Bike along the old fire road for 10+km and stash your bike. Hike up through trees and gain the SE ridge. Take it to the top as it narrows in the last 100m but not too bad. Very fun and enjoyable with great 360 degree views.
To descend, walk down NW a bit and find the scree that plows through the two spareribs and out onto the orange scree. Be very careful descending the orange scree plates as they are jagged and sharp, leather work gloves are recommended. Find your way back to the old fire road.