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 →
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 →
Brian, Joad and I signed up for a Yamnuska advanced (1) clinic as part of the MEC Ice Climbing Festival. There were 12 participants in total, some from Edmonton, Colorado, San Francisco and as far away as Australia. The schedule had said we'd be going to Haffner but I was glad to go to Johnston... Continue Reading →