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)