Chipmunks played hide-and-seek beside and behind us as we made our way up, watching us with bright dark eyes, alternating bravery with hesitancy, and no doubt hoping we’d reward their animated companionship with crumbs from our lunch. … More 20170813: Devil’s Thumb (Lake Louise, Banff)
Here comes shoulder season in our Rockies! It’s the quiet transition between summer and winter tourist seasons. When the sun’s out, making fresh snow sparkle, it’s spectacular. Friday: After work D and I treated ourselves to the lobster and steak buffet at Stoney Nakoda casino. Prime Rib! Seafood galore! Gingerbread sticky toffee pudding? Delicious. And … More 20161028: Tourist Weekend in Banff: film, food, snow!
With no direct way home from work in west-central Alberta, I decided to ride the Thursday night bus into Jasper National Park and make my way home through the mountains. Parks Canada’s Jasper in January three-week long winter festival was in session in conjunction with Pyramid Lake Resort’s Winterstruck festival and the Lake Louise Ice Magic international ice … More 20160115: Winterstruck: 3 days in Jasper and Lake Louise
“Hm, I’m surprised you chose this trail,” J’s voice floated over the snow and back towards me. The comment was more a vocal processing than an accusation, and I didn’t engage in repartee since I was busy huffing and puffing up what would normally have been a very reasonably graded hill. I mean if we were … More 20151107: Fatbike Louise (Banff National Park)
Thought I’d get back into things “gently” by summiting 3 mountains in one day. Joined 3 others from K7 Climbing on what was dubbed the Lake Louise Triple Header: Mount St. Piran, Mount Whyte, and Mount Niblock. Hiking up the path from the Lake Louise parking lot we arrived on the Piran summit, hot and sweaty. Alright, … More 20150701-Lake Louise Triple Header: Piran, Whyte, Niblock
Thought I’d try the North Molar pass since I did the South a couple weeks ago. It was supposed to be a nice day! It started raining around 7:30 and continued intermittently all day. I headed home early and as I drove out the Icefields Parkway, the sun looked so gorgeous over on the Divide. … More 20141018: North Molar Pass (Banff, Icefields Parkway) and Little Beehive (Lake Louise)
Saturday: We decided to ascend Mount Fairview, the prominent mountain to the southeast of Lake Louise, from the Saddleback col. It’s a very popular route but even on a sunny Saturday the trail wasn’t very busy. Just under 12 kilometers. A great day with friends and family. Some of us had a bit of energy to do the 2km round trip … More 20140712: Mount Fairview & Mount Aberdeen attempt (Lake Louise, Banff)