20140823: Moose Mountain (West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis)

Moose again. I was asked to volunteer to take photos for the Moose Mountain Trail Races 16k, 29k, 42k, to fill in a last minute cancellation by the race photographer. I am not by any means a photographer but was willing to help out.

So I got up at a time that many would consider early (I certainly wouldn’t have minded sleeping in), hiked up into the fog, and waited for the runners at the turnaround. A man and two kids who were responsible for the turnaround were already set up there, with a nifty tent and all, waiting for the runners. Well. Turns out there were already two people taking race photographs.

Today left me with the impression that some coordination between the race directors and the volunteer organizer is in order.  I’m sure it will be worked out for future editions.

On a good note, I got to see some of my friends run their races, and in general, despite the coldish foggy morning, people seemed in good spirits. Considering they were running up a mountain. For fun.

Early morning sun
Early morning sun
Layers of fog
Layers of fog
Dewdrops on spiderwebs
Dewdrops on spiderwebs
Incredible colour, fall is on its way
Incredible colour, fall is on its way
Moose packers aid station being set up
Moose packers aid station being set up
Wet trail but not very muddy
Wet trail but not very muddy
Trail crosses a small clearing
Trail crosses a small clearing
Hoping for sun
Hoping for sun
Fog shrouds the alpine environment
Fog shrouds the alpine environment
On the way down, little tweeting sounds reveal baby birds! mom/dad was around the corner
On the way down, little tweeting sounds reveal baby birds! mom/dad was around the corner
Moose road, populated by cattle
Moose road, populated by cattle. Much of Kananaskis is open to grazing
Moose trailhead (top of Moose Road) April 4, 2014. 7km grind.
Moose trailhead (top of Moose Road) April 4, 2014. 7km grind.
View from top of Moose Road, April 1, 2014
View from top of Moose Road, April 1, 2014
View from Moose Road, April 1, 2014
View from Moose Road, April 1, 2014
Ridgeback/ Moose Packers trail junction, July 5, 2014
Ridgeback/ Moose Packers trail junction, July 5, 2014
Looking towards the fire lookout at the summit, July 5 2014
Looking towards the fire lookout at the summit, July 5 2014
Moose Mountain July 5, 2014
view from Moose Mountain July 5, 2014

 

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