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"
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"
My friend used to work at the Num-ti-jah Lodge. I recall his stories of clients scrambling up Dolomite Peak; the very name itself conjuring up images of exotic Alps. I have learned a valuable lesson this year: all Rocky Mountain climbing guidebooks speak of legendary ‘altered limestone’ that is ‘solid and improved’ – all of it […]Read more "Dolomite Peak"
Went up on a nice ramble with friends to Molar Pass. While a good chunk of this trail is in the forest, the grades are such that you barely notice the elevation change, and the creek and forest en route are very picturesque. I was not anticipating such a majestic view at the pass, and […]Read more "Molar Pass"
This one has been on my list since I began hiking in the Rockies back in 2006. I initially heard about it from a friend that was working at the nearby Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, and then through Kathy & Craig Copeland’s ‘Don’t Waste your Time in the Canadian Rockies’ guidebook. While there is no official trailhead, […]Read more "Bow Peak"
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"
Little Hector, a high point (3125 M) on the ridge North of glaciated Mount Hector almost defeated me. After a bad initial route choice left me on an airy ridgewalk, and then a sketchy traverse and partial downclimb across steep slabs, I was treated to very harsh light which meant that only two photos (with […]Read more "Little Hector"