I felt like I’d won the lottery; Parks Canada posted on their website that they had a rare cancellation on the shuttle going up to Lake O’hara. So I took the spot. Unfortunately it was such a crappy wet day and my camera also crapped out on the Huber Ledges pass from the moisture in the sleet. It had been -12C in the campgrounds lately. But that’s what makes us grateful for patches of sun, right? This is still, I think, one of my all time favorite areas in the Rockies.
Last time I did the lowline along the lakes and then the highline on other side of the valley. This time I did Wiwaxy and Huber Ledges highline and just happened to arrive at Lake Oesa at the same time as a group of three mountaineers heading up Abbot pass, which lies on the Continental Divide.
I envied their climb (they’d be trying Mt. Victoria the next day) and they envied my light backpack! I didn’t get all the way to the Abbot pass as I needed to catch the shuttle back, plus I didn’t have my helmet with me and there had been ice fall all day (clumps of frozen waterfall breaking apart on the rocks and shattering and splaying shards of ice below). Yet it was with reluctance that I said goodbye and turned around.
As it happens I missed the shuttle and didn’t feel like walking the 10km out to the highway – been there done that, ha ha and was feeling lazy, so I did a couple hours exploring around the back lakes while waiting for the next ride. Next time… McArthur pass.
Fairview trip posted here.