20170714-16: Hidden lakes 2 (Mount Cordonnier, Interlakes Kananaskis)

A couple weekends ago we camped at Aster Lake on our way to Warrior Mountain. We liked it so much we went back, this weekend lighter and faster, to tag Warrior’s neighbor, Mount Cordonnier.

Much of the snow had melted, and the midsummer flowers were in full bouquet.

After our summit we returned to our tent for siesta in the hot early evening. “Are there people in this tent,” we heard someone say. “Yep,” Bert poked his head out of the tent flap. “Just letting you know there’s a grizzly on the green right over there…”

Oh, shoot. We quickly headed out of the tent, bear spray in hand, and from some distance away watched the grizzly dig a great big hole with great energy, before eventually wandering off. All in all we got a couple visits from grizzlies and a fat marmot.

Hidden Lake and beyond, Upper Kananaskis Lake
Up and above
Midsummer dusk
Midsummer evening in the mountains. Birdcalls and waterfalls…
Backcountry exhilaration. Our tent in the middle of the photo.
Backcountry exhilaration. Our blue tent in the middle of the photo. A couple grizzlies wandering around meant we were quite diligent in keeping the bearspray at hand.
The waterfalls downstream of Aster Lake.
The waterfalls downstream of Aster Lake. Warrior mountain in the back and Cordonnier outlier to the left of the ridge.
Another midsummer night from our campsite at Aster Lake
Another midsummer night from our campsite at Aster Lake
Neat patterns in the snow.
Neat patterns in the snow. Aster Lake below. A fun, albeit wet, glissade on the way down.

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Views of Mount Joffre
View of Mount Joffre on the way up Cordonnier. Melted snow reveals the glacier ice beneath.
Cordonnier views towards the southwest
Summit views towards the southwest
Coral fossils, some possibly as old as 400-million years old. The horn coral is everywhere!
Coral fossils, some possibly as old as 400-million years old. The horn coral is everywhere!
Lovely morning light
Lovely morning light as we make our way home
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