canada general hiking

Five Dames and a Dog: Winter Solstice Expedition

The expedition was planned to ascend Ha Ling Peak, meeting in town at 6.15am, loading the crates of champagne into our cars, and setting off from there.

The trail was well packed, but it was still slow going, so we didn’t make it to the summit for sunrise. At least we were at treeline as all the clouds turned brilliant shades of pink though.

It was a glorious morning for it, calm and crisp, and the views were wonderful once we made it to the summit.

And now the sun is returning! Thank you sun!

Darkly through the trees we set off

Melissa at sunrise

Lulu and Sarah at sunrise

Kat, bringing her sister Michelle along for her first mountain ascent

Making our way up the snowy scree slope

Sleepy looking Canmore

Morning light on Ha Ling Peak summit

Sarah on her way to the summit


On the way down, I realised how late it was getting, so I ended up running Lulu back down to the car, before running myself back down to town.

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