Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Lake O'Hara - Hiking Nirvana

The monthly Canadian holiday came around again last weekend so Aleisha and I made the most of the remnants of summer and went camping. Lake O'Hara came highly recommended from everyone we had ever talked to, and we certainly liked it when we visited last winter. The fact that the campsites can be booked 3 months in advance and are booked out within hours of becoming available also indicated that the area was worth a visit. As you may have guessed by the title of this blog entry, the hiking was pretty good. In fact Aleisha and I would go as far as to say it is the most incredible location we have ever had the joy of hiking in, it was quite simply perfection!

On the trail to Wiwaxy Gap, overlooking Lake O'Hara

Lake Oesa

The weather for the first day started off nice, cool but sunny. Unfortunately this didnt hold for the rest of the day and after hiking 3/4 of the Alpine Circuit the weather packed in and we called it a day. Of course just as we got back to camp the skies cleared and we cursed our decision to end the hike.
The next morning we were greeted by snow and temperatures hovering around zero. Reluctantly I managed to drag Aleisha out of camp with the hope of making something of the day. We were rewarded with empty trails, incredible scenery and in the end sunshine.

Lake O'Hara

The route to Wiwaxy Pass that we slogged up the previous day

The view from All Souls just as the sun broke through