If there is one trail that is worth hiking again and again in the Rockies, it would have to be Yoho’s Iceline. I was even more impressed this time around, and the views for the minimal effort just cannot be beat. In 2009, I hiked the trail to the highpoint, and then out the same […]Read more "The Iceline – take two"
I recently scrambled up both ends of Mount Rundle for a video project I am working on. I began with the east end of Rundle (EEOR) on July 23rd, and then the true summit on July 27th. A wicked storm came in quickly while I was on EEOR, however I managed to make it safely […]Read more "Rundle on both ends"
One of the early and memorable hikes that I did in the Rockies was the Wilcox Pass trail. It is a fantastic trip in itself, and can be turned into an exciting through-hike via the Tangle Creek drainage if you have two cars, or don’t mind hitchhiking back on the parkway. On this outing, I […]Read more "Mount Wilcox"
I hiked this trail back in September 2009 (https://virtualhiker.wordpress.com/2009/09/20/cory-and-edith-pass-circuit/), and it was fantastic, so I was easily convinced to give it another go this summer. The late season snow had already almost all melted off by the third week of July, and so with a beautiful clear sky, the route posed no problems aside from […]Read more "Cory and Edith Pass"
Four days in paradise. The Lake O’Hara region offers the most high-impact scenery of the Canadian Rockies in my opinion, plus a yellow school bus that will haul you, your espresso maker, box of wine, and sausages into the “backcountry” where potable water and illuminated outhouses await on a maximum three-night stay. Trailheads are already almost at […]Read more "Lake O’Hara Region"
With a three night stay at Lake O’Hara just around the corner, I decided not to wear myself out, and rubbed shoulders with the masses in the Johnston Canyon. The weather was also unsettled, and it started to pour rain just after arriving back in Banff. While I prefer this hike as a shoulder season […]Read more "Johnston Canyon"
For my first venture above 10,000 ft this season I chose Eiffel Peak, Mount Temple’s Western neighbour. With the slow start to summer, and the persistent snowpack, I decided to bring an ice axe on this one, and would not have been able to reach the summit comfortably without it; the final 100m of elevation […]Read more "Eiffel Peak"