We went to ski this thing: Quartz Ridge It involved another episode of cheating, where we caught the gondola up to the village at Sunshine, then rode a chairlift to gain even more height, then whizzed off downhill into the meadows. Eventually we ran out of speed and had to start skinning. And then after some hole-digging, some steep uphill skinning. Skinning up Quartz Ridge Then it was weeeeeeh downhill again (that’s me in that cloud of powder… somewhere). Megan skiing down Quartz Ridge And some more hole digging and food eating (leftover spaghetti … Continue reading ast2: quartz ridge, sunshine meadows
Woah, it’s been a while… I haven’t been on the internet much, although I have found the time to make a pie chart displaying exactly how much time I’ve been spending at work and in transit and sleeping, leaving only 3 hours or so at home for laundry/dinner cooking/grocery shopping/going for bike rides/bouldering…. But anyway, prepare for an onslaught of backdated adventures. With lots of pictures and not many words no doubt. Rockbound Lake, nestled underneath the ramparts of Castle Mountain This one is more of a Nordic trail than anything else, with just one little steep section … Continue reading ski tour: rockbound lake
The avalanche danger has been very high recently, so a lot of the more interesting backcountry skiing has to be avoided at all costs. And most of what’s leftover has to be approached with a healthy dose of paranoia. So on my day off I went and did what was basically a hideously ungroomed nordic trail, with no avalanche danger whatsoever, as it was so flat and far from anything that could conceivably be viewed as a skiable slope. But still pretty. We kept the mountains at a healthy distance, and there were signs of natural avalanche activity … Continue reading to the inkpots
The worst thing about minus 24oC is the frozen nostril hair. Although I did get to go home from school early! (School being work in this case) Colder than -30oC up on the hill = too cold to ski!
It wasn’t going BOOM at all (except for once perhaps, on the way up). Starting from a parking lot not far South of Castle Junction, you head up through the trees, then up and down a meandering path through the trees til you hit the lake about 5km later. When we went up there were only a few sets of footprints there, some of which had obviously given up after a kilometre or so. The lake was mostly frozen (except for those few disconcertingly slushy sections), and had a few inches of snow on it. There are a … Continue reading boom lake
So apparently it’s largely uphill along the highway from Canmore to Banff. Only 700 metres gain over 25km or so. Gradual enough to make you think it’s flat, and that you’re just really unfit – until you turn around and go the other way. Riding along the 1A Despite the cool temperatures on Thursday (it was around minus 13oC at 11am, I don’t know that it got much warmer), we went Banff-wards by bike – largely to go and see the new Warren Miller movie (Children of Winter, much better than other Warren Miller movies I’ve seen in … Continue reading another silly bike adventure
We were supposed to go skiing on the Rae Glacier, but the snow looked thoroughly uninspiring. Also we realised once we were on our way that none of us actually knew where the Rae Glacier was. So after driving around in K-Country for a while, we decided we’d just park where all these other cars were, and go for a walk and see what was there. First we found a frozen lake, which was good for throwing rocks onto. Elbow Lake And then we managed to find the Rae Glacier, and weren’t too distressed about the fact we … Continue reading the weekend of fail
Canmore, from the top of Ha Ling Peak. Note the suspiciously snow-free mountains. It was really warm and calm until we neared the ridge line too – hardly a patch of snow to be seen on the ground. There was a bit more snow to the south though.
This was last weekend, at Bow Lake on the Icefields Parkway. So cold and windy that even the ravens were just sitting tucked against the ground, their beaks towards the wind. Though it didn’t stop them from hanging out in parking spots hoping for handouts from tourists. There was a lot of snow on the ground, and the road was icy – a long way from the conditions in our valley, where it really hasn’t been snowing much, and is continuing to be suspiciously warm for this time of the year.
There’s not much point to this post other than to show off our mountains. They are becoming increasingly snow-covered. Come November I’ll probably be moving to the dark side of the valley (up underneath thum thare snowy mountains), so you’ll get to see more of the other mountains – won’t that be exciting? I should be asleep – can this possibly still be jet-lag or has it crossed the boundary into random insomnia?
The weather’s taken a turn for the unpredictable recently – weather forecasts keep looking promising, then turning to scattered showers the day beforehand, and the day in question ends up being miserable and rainy. And that’s exactly what happened when I tried to finally climb at Lake Louise. Views of Lake Louise (ski resort), Lake Louise (chateau) and Lake Louise (lake – filling up with people in canoes) There was low cloud lurking through the Bow Valley, and all the way along the drive there. “It’ll be fine!” we said. “At least it’s not raining!” we said. The … Continue reading lake lousie
Ochre beds by the Paint Pots in Kootenay National Park that were used for their colour by both Aboriginal groups and Europeans, before being retired to National Park status.
Daisies down Highway 93, near the border of Banff and Kootenay National Parks Mum is here at the moment, so we’ve been touristing around through all the National Parks that surround us here in Canmore. The falls at Marble Canyon