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 tree line, so with a little effort, even a mediocre hiker can achieve magnificent views. On my first day out, I started on the alpine circuit with a detour scramble up to a high point just below the summit of one of the Wiwaxy Peaks, before rain sent me to nap in the tent just after passing Lake Oesa. Day two had me scrambling up the South peak of Mount Yukness, which afforded an amazing view of the entire region, but especially of the Abbot Pass route. On day three we scrambled up the south ridge of Mount Shäffer, and left the area in the evening of day four after hiking to Cathedral Prospect across the basin to the North, for an amazing overview of the O’Hara group. Can’t wait for the next time! Many more options await!