We sure hoped we'd find some ice to climb in the early season.
John called it “mixed” and I called it “non-classic”. Eh, just get up it any way you can. We were simply ecstatic that our lugging of gear into the Continental Divide didn't go to waste and we actually got to play on ice. Ice globs + aerated slush + gaping holes of freezing waterfall. 2... Continue Reading →
Driving northbound on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North), one transitions from Banff's dense ice-capped peaks of the Divide to caribou country and the edge of the arctic tundra in Jasper. There are glaciers and icefields spanning hundreds of square kilometers, whose meltwater feeds milky green-blue glacial lakes. Enormous waterfalls that become major rivers eventually... Continue Reading →
Aunt Helena, on visit from Toronto, lamented that there didn’t seem to be much to do in our mountains at this time of year. My jaw dropped. Are you kidding me?! Granted, you won’t find many (any) organized tours and some visitor centers will have closed, but hey, early winter in the mountains means that... Continue Reading →
The lyrics to Ace of Base's Lucky Love might not make very much sense but if you "grew up" with it like I did, you might be inclined to linger at the Canadian Brewhouse just a bit longer when the track comes up on the playlist. Even after the tab's paid. Even after a long day of work and a long... Continue Reading →
So it's February 2nd in a few hours and it's about time I said "happy new year"! No resolutions, just trying to focus more on running this year. I've 'sacrificed' a few ice trips in order to spend more time on the ground in preparation for a few races this summer. But allow me to... Continue Reading →
Because I didn’t get my act together quickly enough, I missed out on getting a spot in the climbing clinics that were running in conjunction with the UIAA World Cup & Bozeman Ice Festival. But this turned out to be one of those unfortunately-fortunately stories; Brian advised me to contact Montana Alpine Guides (MAG) and... Continue Reading →
...Some fun maneuvering around, over and under all the snow plugs of avalanche debris in the narrows from the last several years. Quite unique.
Honestly it was hard to get out of bed this morning even with a start time of 8am. But we had a great group of people and I figured it would be a stress-free way to end my ice climbing season. Plus, the forecast promised a warm day. I also wanted to see if the... Continue Reading →