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 exceptional. We must have spent an hour just sitting on the summit and enjoying the view – the way it should be all the time. The folks I was hiking with were impressed by how distinct the trail was, given the fact that it is not an officially maintained trail. Some people may be turned off by the initial fording of the Bow River (and certainly this could be hazardous in early spring or after heavy rains), but others will embrace this as an opportunity to swim!