We woke up the next morning to clear skies and no smoke… a spectacular day in which to explore the remainder of the Alpine Circuit at Lake O’Hara… a spectacular day to make that dreaded scree descent.
Fuelled by a delicious breakfast of bodem style coffee and creamy porridge (made with dried fruit, milk powder, hemp seeds and other goodies to really start us off right, nutritionally speaking… thanks, Monika!), we packed up, tidied up and headed out.
We had ambitious plans: survive the descent down that hideous scree, have an early lunch at Lake Oesa, then head out & up and across the Yukness Ledges, come down to Moor Lakes, head back up the All Soul’s route to All Soul’s Prospect and then come back down through the larch forest to Lake O’Hara to catch (hopefully) the 4:30 bus out… followed by burgers at the Lake Louise hostel.
Just look at the difference a day makes in the images here… one taken the day we arrived, and one taken the day we left!
The rest of the images you’ll see here lie on the other half of the Alpine Circuit trails (we’d done the first half, via Wiwaxy Gap and Huber Ledges on the way in), and are easily done by anyone coming to the Lake O’Hara area on a day trip. The place is stunning, with stacked lakes, gorgeous colour, mountains rising dramatically all around, the neatest ledge-trails to walk along and the most amazing chunky boulder fields to navigate. Everywhere you turn, there’s incredible beauty.
Cancellations are also posted on the Yoho Trail Conditions page by Parks Canada. Be flexible about your dates, keep this page open on your phone, refresh it frequently, and you’re far more likely to get in. (Thanks for the tip, Ian!)
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Trekking up a mountain’s shoulder, hiking through a flowering alpine meadow, snowshoeing through a dense pine forest, or taking in the 360 degree views from a ridge top vantage point make me feel alive. The experiences in these places give me a profound sense of space and place.
Travel does a similar thing, pushing me out of my comfort zone, exposing me to new experiences, new people and new ways of thinking; it also gives me that sense of space and place in this world.
I believe that life is lived in the contrasts: when you experience simplicity and complexity and life's ups and downs, whether they be physically in this world or mentally in your own personal inner landscape, you know that you are truly living.
The bigger they are, the more there is to explore!