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So this is hiking

Given that it was fairly sunny and warm in Canmore, we decided to drive to Sunshine where it was cold and snowing. There we hiked uphill, where it was exposed, and so colder and windier. Hurrah! We eventually reached a pass where it was really cold, and decided to go back to the car again, because brr. It’s that time of year where it’s easy to forget that the weather is actually cold now, and underestimate necessary layers. And so after hiking back to the car, we went and had warm drinks and treats at Wildflour Bakery in Banff, which … Continue reading So this is hiking

Sunshine Meadows

Sunshine Meadows is miraculously free of bugs right now. Rumour has it that they’re all over in British Columbia somewhere, planning the next phase of their campaign. Having friends visiting is a pretty good excuse for our annual visit to the meadows though. The wildflowers are out, and there are piles of coins to be found on the ski runs. I mean, there are cute ground squirrels on the ski runs. I first met Ben and Rosalba when we were at the University Games climbing in Sydney, back in 2003. This doesn’t make me feel old until I consider that … Continue reading Sunshine Meadows

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

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

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

Citadel Peak and Quartz Ridge

Rock Isle Lake   Habituated ground squirrel at Rock Isle Lake thinks I have some food for him. Little did he know I was about to grab him and put him in my backpack. I’d always wanted a pet ground squirrel.   Walking through Sunshine Meadows   Hanging out while everyone naps at Citadel Pass (we spent over 3 hours there in the end)   Views towards Mount Assiniboine from Citadel Pass   Walking back towards Sunshine from Citadel Peak – a couple of us climbed it, but I didn’t take my camera up with me. Views from the top … Continue reading Citadel Peak and Quartz Ridge

Rock Isle Lake

A spur of the moment trip, and we spent a night up at Sunshine Village. Once all the lifts had shut down and the people had (mostly) gone away, it was time to tour out to Rock Isle Lake. Well, meander. It doesn’t take much more than half an hour, even if you are taking your time about it. With the sun setting so late these days (it’s about 9pm now), we weren’t anywhere near sunset, but it was still lovely out there. We were wondering how long it would take for the path through to Mount Assiniboine to clear … Continue reading Rock Isle Lake