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.
Iztaccíhuatl, the 3rd highest peak in Mexico, is called "White Woman" because its overlapping cones resemble a woman lying on her back. This is my trip report of our summit attempt.
We discovered glaciers, wild cows, a historic building, fossils, and ice pellets on our way up Cerro Zapata.
Hmm, the Wilderness Office guy said as he went down the line to ask what routes hikers were requesting permits for. Should be okay... Nobody else is asking about Half Dome today...
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.
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 →