The phenomenal autumn weather continues to persist in the Rockies, and the dwindling daylight hours lead me to another bike and hike (scramble) this Sunday. This is the ideal time to do bike approaches, as the foot traffic has subsided for the season, and you can let it rip on the downhill without worry of running […]Read more "Gibbon Pass and beyond"
Mount Edith is an outing that I have had on my radar for a while now. Many elements conspire to make this an enjoyable scramble. The mountain is close to Banff, is easily accessed via a popular hiking trail, and three summits, each with its own distinct features, can be reached in a single traverse from north […]Read more "Mount Edith Traverse"
After a halt for two hours during the most intense heat, we again started and crossed over a low point of rocks, close to the river, where we entered the second great valley, which is of magnificent proportions. Along the eastern side runs a wall of vertical beds, of light grey limestone, the serrated edges […]Read more "Mount Cory"
I was drawn to this route in Alan Kane’s Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies as it was described as being easier in the early season for two reasons. Firstly, the vegetation is less problematic through the Vermillion Pass burn (a massive fire occurred here in 1968, which has left its mark on the landscape up till today), and […]Read more "Storm Mountain"
This is the summer of excess. Beginning with a four day trip into the cushy Lake O’Hara campground, it was time to drop some coin on another bus that would take us onto the edge of the alpine. The Sunshine shuttle will whisk you up 6km to the Sunshine Village trailheads for a not so […]Read more "Fatigue Mountain via Citadel Pass"
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"
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"