Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ptarmigan Cirque

I dont know if you can really call Ptarmigan Cirque a hike, at only 5km its more like a brisk stroll in the mountains. But with rather ominous clouds and sloppy conditions under foot we didnt dare try anything longer. In the end it turned out to be a good trip as on the way there we spotted 6 Moose and a rather large Grizzly.


My finely tuned instincts and outstanding outdoor survival skills make me wonder if bad weather was on its way.

Anyone fancy some postholing?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Winter Hiking - Forgetmenot Ridge

This last week saw the arrival of winter in Calgary with our first snowfall of the season. While most Calgarians were heading off to the mall, we decided to attempt one last hike for the season. We planned to only venture out to the front range in the hope of avoiding the snow and freezing temperatures, this idea failed. The tempeatures hovered around -10 C all day and there was a good foot of fresh snow on the ground. On the plus side, no one else was dumb enough to go out so we had the mountain to ourselves. In the end the cold and snow were not a problem and we had an amazing hike.
Aleisha enjoyed the day as much as I did, honest.

The view from the top, well close to top.

It wouldnt be a Thanksgiving hike without pumpkin pie.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Egypt Lake in Fall

Last weekend we finially overcame our fear of bears and did our first canadian overnight tramping trip. The desitiation was Egypt lake, a place we had been earlier on a ski touring trip. We timed the trip perfectly as the Larch trees had just turned a magnificent shade of yellow.

The trip started off at Sunshine Village Ski resort, we cheated and took a bus to save us a 600 m climb.

Larch trees

Approaching Healy Pass

The view from Healy Pass looking down to Egypt Lake

The frosty view after a cool (-10 C) night.