It had been four years since I summited Bow Peak. Smoke from forest fires dulled the landscape at that time, and the outing was enjoyable, but did not make the greatest impression on me. I will admit that as a photographer, light is everything. This time around, we had dramatic conditions, and the visibility was […]Read more "Bow Peak 2016"
This scramble is described by Kane as possibly the best in the area surrounding Field in Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. I must agree. The well-graded forested approach, and solid rock made it feel like alpine climbing in the Selkirks, and the summit view was so comprehensive you could actually see the Selkirks! Despite elevation gain […]Read more "Mount Carnarvon"
Since I first laid eyes on Bow Glacier from the Icefields Parkway, I wanted to ascend to its toe. I don’t know why I waited so long. I had been up to Bow Hut in 2009, and imagined the undertaking to reach Iceberg Lake as being more challenging. Little did I know that the only […]Read more "Little Jimmy Simpson & Iceberg Lake"
It has been a number of months since I’ve posted to this blog, mainly because I have hung up my boots, crampons, and snowshoes, and become completely obsessed with cross country skiing. Today’s outing along the Lake O’Hara fire road was so picturesque, I just had to share it. This 23km out-and-back route, which I […]Read more "Lake O’Hara Fire Road"
I set out from my front porch with the lofty goal of reaching the summit ridge of Mount Lady Macdonald. The approach trail was decently trodden until the upper boulder field, however strong winds brought deep snow down the mountain, and eliminated any trace of a trail the remainder of the way up to the […]Read more "Lady Macdonald #2"
I did this outing as a trail run back in July, and quite enjoyed it. There are some detours and route finding involved in the lower section since the 2013 floods, but the terrain is interesting once you begin to gain elevation. The snow keeps pounding the Bow Valley, and this little leg stretcher involved […]Read more "Wind Ridge"
I intended to visit Chester Lake back in 2009, but a bear forced a reconsideration of the objective, and I ended up climbing The Fortress instead. I decided to make another attempt now that the bears are sleeping. This was my first time snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies, and it was hard to believe that […]Read more "Chester Lake"