Of the many backpack trips I've done, White Goat is probably the star of them all for its alpine lakes and solitude. You want Canadian Rockies wilderness? This is it.
We discovered glaciers, wild cows, a historic building, fossils, and ice pellets on our way up Cerro Zapata.
"The mountains are calling, and I must go." - John Muir. My trip report of the entire JMT and side trips. Itinerary, trip planning notes, photos.
Summiting mountains in some of the most spectacular scenery of Jasper (Whistlers, Indian Ridge) and Yoho (Whaleback, Pollinger, McArthur). 360 degrees of glaciers, waterfalls, and lakes.
David and I looked back at Victoria Peak, from whence we came. David laughed. "We went straight up the steepest part!!" I looked over at Oscar, who was grinning. Eh well. We'd purposely contoured around the mountain to find an easier path up than the normal route, because we were carrying two days worth of... Continue Reading →
Lakes, waterfalls, snow and ice, summer blooms, 250 million year old coral fossil, and grizzlies. What more could a backcountry enthusiast possibly ask for?
It seems a bit of a trudge, but when you pop out of the trees at the end of Hidden Lake and see what's ahead in the open terrain, all you'll want to do is keep going up, up, up.
Then I smelt something burning. While laying there in my snuggly warm bag, listening to the driving rain against the window, pondering whether to get up into the cold dark night, pondering how little I wanted to pull on wet boots, hoping that maybe that I was only imagining the smell of burning, Leslie's voice drifted over to me through the dark. "Do you smell something burning?" Sigh. "...Yeah," I replied. Pause. "Ahhhh... I'm sure the rain will put it out..."