Hiker Missing in Highwood Pass Area

A 59-year-old Australian man, Kevin Kennedy, was reported overdue in the Highwood Pass area of Kananaskis Country Sunday after he had set out to hike over Grizzly Col and complete the Tyrwitt loop. Ground and air searches have been conducted every day since Monday, but have failed to turn up any sign of him.

He is described as six feet tall, 170 lb. with grey thinning hair and glasses wearing a light blue shirt khaki shorts, brown/orange fleece, dark coloured hat and blue backpack. Anyone hiking in the area on Sunday who believes they may have seen him are asked to contact K-country RCMP at 403-591-7707.

Sources: Calgary Sun & Rocky Mountain Outlook.

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  • Laurel Ambrose Sep 21, 2011, 11:03 pm

    Peter Irwin, I’ve searched the Tyrwhitt area, including summiting Mount Tyrwhitt and investigating the surrounding ridges/areas with two Kennedy family /friend members on Sept 15, 2011. Prior to that, 7 days of various searching objectives. I would be very interested in speaking with you to see which areas you swept, so I can include them on a master map I’ve been keeping track of for Public Safety and the RCMP. Our efforts continue, and I wouldn’t mind taking this conversation offline with you. You can reach me at [email protected].

    Kind regards,
    Laurel Ambrose – Calgary Scrambling and Mountaineering Club

  • Peter Irwin Sep 10, 2011, 11:15 pm

    Today my scrambling partner and I headed out to scramble Mount Tyrwhitt as its been 16 years since we were there last but also to search for Kevin. My friend who volunteers for search and rescue had already searched the area near the highway but wanted to have a closer look near Mount Tyrwhitt. We decided to first search the scree and snow slopes directly below Tyrwhitt on its east side where we found nothing. Then to the summit itself from where we traversed the ridge both towards Mount Pocaterra and south with no luck. After descending back to Grizzly col we decided to follow the valley south of Grizzly col which we believe hadn’t been searched yet. All we found were some rather old bootprints and strangely a mens button up shirt hanging from a larch (unfortunately Kevin wasn’t wearing a shirt like this). By this point it was 5 p.m. so we ascended the ridge east of the valley and made our way back to grizzly col. We arrived back at the vehicle at 8:30 happy we had climbed Tyrwhitt again but unhappy that we found no sign of Kevin. We discussed it further and came to the conclusion Kevin hadn’t climbed Tyrwhitt (as he was more of a hiker) and unless he had become lost in one of the valleys, he may have been a victim of one of the Grizzlies roaming the area this summer ( There was alot of evidence of bear activity throughout the area). Unfortunately what happened to Kevin may remain a mystery.

  • Adrian Cornescian Aug 26, 2011, 12:32 pm

    Viewing on location using Google Earth on a notebook GPS realtime near ridge to Mt Pocaterra

    Hello sir,
    I’ve been doing last summer a solo trip North -West of Mount Tyrwhitt via the trail heading left of Kananaskis Fire Lookout, as per the map of Kananaskis Lakes Gem Trek

    My guess is if Mr Kevin Kennedy might had reached the col at Mt Tyrwhitt he may have had descended on this West face.
    I must note that I had encountered a grizzly bear during that trip here is the epic video

    Best regards,

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