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Winter running

Some shots taken while out running so far this year… Out on the Highline Trail, towards Three Sisters Highline Trail again, dropped down to the creek crossing at the Three Sisters end of the trail Leftover Christmas baubles by the Bow River Ahhh, lunch break runs – Bow River again The Highline, after a little wind and sun, everything was a bit debris covered and glazed Running the Frozen Ass 50 in Calgary on Monday – never doing 50km on asphalt again. And actually, a good reminder to actually log some running miles before a long event. The first 25km … Continue reading Winter running

Slogging up Ha Ling Peak

Because doing things the easy way is boring, I decided to try heading up to the summit of Ha Ling Peak on foot, all the way from town. That’s the way it was originally done by its namesake, so I’ve been meaning for a long time to do the full ascent. It would, perhaps, have been easier in summer though. Into the inversion, my ice eyelashes had started to melt The temperature was hovering around -16oC in the valley, so I was really hoping for an inversion. It was jolly cold all the way up to the pass, and then … Continue reading Slogging up Ha Ling Peak

Running in the snow along Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka and the Cascade Fire Trail share a trail-head; and so we hatched a cunning plan where I would run along the shoreline of the lake, while Alex would take Moosling and Chariot and go towing up the Cascade Fire Trail. The plan was to turn around after an hour or so, and be back at the car at 11.30am (so we could then get back to Canmore to watch the finals of the Cross-Country Skiing World Cup sprints at the Nordic Centre). The trail was well-packed to the bridge and beyond,to the high point of the climb up … Continue reading Running in the snow along Lake Minnewanka

The Grizzly50: Where I inexplicably manage to run 50 kilometres

Although I couldn’t really claim to have run all fifty of the kilometres – like most people, I walked a lot of the steep uphills. On a course with 1700 metres of climbing, there were definitely some steep little climbs in there. And I did stop for a bathroom break, and to stock up on food. And to take a photo. But mostly I ran. And ran. And ran. For over five hours. But it was strangely easier than I was expecting. I was assuming there would be soul-crushing agony, teeth-gnashing, and stomach-gurgling, dead legs and embittered spirit. But instead … Continue reading The Grizzly50: Where I inexplicably manage to run 50 kilometres

Out to Citadel Pass

More Autumn running. This time driving up to Sunshine Village around the time of the last bus, and then leaving Moosling and Grandma Moose by Rock Isle Lake, Alex and I ran out to Citadel Pass. Aaaaallllll the way this time. The larches were bright yellow, and there were only two other people on the entire trail. By the time we reached Citadel Pass the sun was starting to hide behind the peaks. On the way home I managed to crash at one point, clipping my foot on a rock, and doing an impressive superman dive onto my chest. I … Continue reading Out to Citadel Pass

Lake O’Hara: The latest in the crazy summer adventures series

Another summer day, another silly plan. This time we decided we wanted to visit Lake O’Hara. We’d been there a few times in winter, but never in summer. Paying for the bus was inconceivable however, so we fashioned a cunning plan whereby we would push the Chariot up to the lake. There we could leave the Chariot, and release the Moosling, hopefully heading up onto some of the higher trails (or just around the lake). Lake O’Hara We ran on and off to cover the 10km up to the lake. Sometimes the Moosling hopped out and walked, other times he … Continue reading Lake O’Hara: The latest in the crazy summer adventures series

Sort of running the Rockwall in the rain

Thanks to the generosity of visiting family, Alex and I had a day to throw ourselves at any crazy adventure we fancied, without the company of a toddler. Of course, the weather forecast threatened rain. We laughed in the face of the weather forecast, and decided to go and hike/run the Rockwall trail anyway. We’d never been on any of the Rockwall trails before, so were excited despite the rather ominous looking weather. The Autumn colours were gorgeous, and the views better than expected as we set off through burnt-out forest and crossed avalanche paths, having left our car behind … Continue reading Sort of running the Rockwall in the rain

The Icefields Parkway tourist expedition

Bow Lake was freezing cold of course, but not so cold a toddler couldn’t demand to have his shoes and socks taken off, and then run in and out of it. Touristing Aunt and Cousin, and photo-bombing toddler Playing on the boardwalk at the Columbia Icefields Centre Running out to Nigel Pass and back again – it’s a 10 minute drive to the trailhead from the Icefields Centre, and then about 14km return with less than 300 metres of climbing to go all the way to the Pass and back. We didn’t quite go all the way, as we were … Continue reading The Icefields Parkway tourist expedition

Sunshine Meadows: The Return

Oh Sunshine Meadows old friend, with your ground squirrels and your recently departed wildflowers. The Citadel, and Mount Assiniboine in the distance We returned to the Meadows with more family, and this time we left them Moosling-sitting while we headed out for a run. Towards Citadel Pass, although not all the way there, as we didn’t want anyone to be eaten by bears (or driven mad by screaming toddlers). Looking back towards Sunshine Village across the meadows It was a fantastic day for it. But then we descended into Banff, and rode the Sulphur Mountain Gondola. More amazing views, and … Continue reading Sunshine Meadows: The Return

Elbow Lake – Sheep River Valley – Rickert’s Pass – Mist Ridge

I was dropped off at the Elbow Lake trailhead, and shooed up the trail. The menfolk would be meandering their way up to the lake and back, while I ran the loop all the way from Elbow Lake, through the Sheep River Valley, up Rickert’s Pass and out along Mist Ridge. It was to be a little over 30km I thought, all through the Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park. I was hoping to do it in under four hours – although with the enormous climb up Rickert’s Pass in the middle of that, there was always the probability of taking longer. … Continue reading Elbow Lake – Sheep River Valley – Rickert’s Pass – Mist Ridge

Sunshine Meadows, and the run out via Healy Pass

With family visiting and a warm sunny day, it was time for another trip out to Sunshine Meadows. We had lunch up at Rock Isle Lake with the ground squirrels (who didn’t get anything from us, but are quite habituated). And then I left the menfolk behind and went for a run out to Healy Pass and then back out to the Sunshine base carpark. It’s a cracker of a run, about 20km, and plenty of signposts, so it would be very hard to get lost. There are plenty of fantastic views along the way (above: coming across from Wawa … Continue reading Sunshine Meadows, and the run out via Healy Pass