Hi fellow Peakbaggers (hey – we all have mountains we need to climb, right?),

Below you will find all information relating to Ontario’s Highest Point – Ishpatina Ridge. We first attempted this summit on March 20, 2015 and then made our second and successful attempt on May 17, 2015.

You can follow along on how the journey went, below. We will be updating this page with our progress including photos, GPS maps and files, reflections, and soon enough our webisode. How is our trip doing? Subscribe to our newsletter and YouTube channel to find out.

Talk to you soon,

The Peakbaggers


Check out the first Teaser Trailer from our upcoming episode.


Here are some images from our second attempt of Ishpatina Ridge

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Here are some images from our first summit attempt of Ishpatina Ridge

On March 20 we went on our first summit attempt, Ontario’s Ishpatina Ridge. We found ourselves somewhere in the depths of Ontario’s Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park. The weather forecast was 3/-18°C on Friday and -9/-16°C on Saturday. Thank goodness we brought multiple layers!

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    Highest point in Ontario.
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    Andrea's gear.
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    Exploring the trail.
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    Fresh snowfall on day two.
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    Matt awestruck by natural beauty.
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    Our lakeside camp.
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    Brian standing in waist-deep snow!
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    Some much needed coffee.
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    Home away from home.
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    Gluten-free pasta to warm ourselves.
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    All lit-up and cozy.
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    Brian shows off his full pee jar.
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    Matt takes in Scarecrow Lake.
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    Matt points out the way to the summit.
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    Three happy pairs of snowshoes!
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    The three amigos.

Maps and Coordinates

Coordinates (WGS84):

  • Lat/Lon: 47° 19′ 1” N; 80° 44′ 56” W
  • Dec/Deg: 47.316824, -80.748912
  • UTM: 17T 518976E 5240403N

Google Map of our Second Trip

We used the inReach Explorer to both navigate our way to Ishpatina Ridge and share our location on a live map. Despite being out of cellular range, we were able to keep in constant contact with family and friends. The knowledge we could send a SOS with our location at any time gave us supreme confidence. Linking the inReach Explorer to our phones, and downloading topographical maps to our phones, provided us extremely accurate maps that helped us find our way.


Printed maps from Ontario High Points

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Some Interesting Facts About The Weekend of March 20/21, 2015

Did you know our world will witness three amazing solar events this weekend? Friday (Mar 20) is the first day of spring and, therefore, the vernal equinox! On this eve, there will also be a supermoon AND a solar eclipse (where the moon obscures part of the sun)! We hope to catch the northern lights too! What a weekend!