Battling the wind up that rocky rubble, we eventually found ourselves standing on a very large, wide peak, with views all around, having climbed 1500m on the 23km trail to get up there… that’s a long hike that includes climbing one and a half kilometres straight up into the sky!
With mountain peaks cresting like waves all around us, picture perfect alpine lakes and wildflower meadows far below us, snow patches for Seamus to roll in, a bit of scramble on rock added in for fun, and moody skies all around, it was both a challenging and a super fun day!
Wanting to explore a little more of Kananaskis country, we set out for Rae Lake on Canada Day. A busy day in the mountains, July 1st tends to be when Canadians come out in droves to celebrate one of the things they love best… Continue Reading “Rae Lake Romp”
Spring has been a long time coming in the mountains around Canmore this year! Rain, snow, rain, snow. Would it ever make up its mind and dry up?!? Finally, a rainless weather forecast with warm temps was upon us, and we had a free… Continue Reading “Mist Ridge”
We had ambitious plans: survive the descent, snack 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 Prosect 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.
This hut has incredible, rustic charm, a long mountaineering history, and plenty of tales to tell. While achieving the climb to the historic refuge, and being up there, on top of the world, adventuring, cooking, sleeping and eating with great friends was an amazing experience, what captured my imagination even more were the stories of the people who had come before us.
For months, I’d been staring and staring at these images on our planning board. How in the world would I be able to get up something that steep? that shifty? that unstable? and that scary!?
We’d been practicing on hikes and light scrambles… all with steep sections and unstable rock, scrambling parts and plenty of exposure. The practice was an attempt to to wrap our minds, hearts, fears and muscle memories around how to do the Abbot Pass scree slope with ease. We’d been working on our endurance with lengthy distances. We’d been working on our fitness with runs and hikes and bike rides. We were as prepared as we could be.
Our route took us, via Wiwaxy Gap to a high point on the Alpine Circuit trail, brought us along the Huber Ledges that are cut into the high cliffs, then down to the shores of beautiful Lake Oesa for lunch. From there we rested, ate to fuel ourselves, and then headed up the scree slope to the hut.
This the first in a five part series of posts on our adventures in the Lake O’Hara area. It serves as an introduction to our Abbot Hut experience and gives you a sense of what’s to come. Abbot Hut is an Alpine Club of… Continue Reading “Abbot Hut… A Bucket List Adventure (Part 1)”
Fancy talking about what I want to be when I grow up at a time like this… our daughter has just finished her university undergrad degree. She’s the one growing up, not me… right? In many ways, my baby IS grown up. After her last… Continue Reading “What I Want To Be When I Grow Up”