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27 Jul

East Farnham Glacier

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A Day Out In The In The High Country

Though this is about  a trip from last year I, I often think about it ,  since the most unlikely thing happened when I got home from that day  !
But first a bit of a lead up to the end  .
The Horse thief drainage will get you to the turn off ( I think 39 KM don’t quote me on it ) heading into the side valley that contains the East Farnham & Commander Glacier .  Once you go pass the Commander glacier trail head the road soon crosses the creek and starts going up hill with gusto . However earlier in the summer you could get stopped about 1 KM or so before the top by the usual  yearly avalanche slide .
Also the last time I was up there the boards crossing the upper part of the creek were gone but you can skip and hop across and the cabin is only a short ways .
Once there , your desire is your guide and you can go in every direction you want to explore .
A nice scramble is when you keep to the left after the cabin and head toward black diamond peak which you can see from the bottom .
If you are real keen you could hike around black diamond peak and possibly see Shamrock Lake In the Delphine glacier area . I have not brought my self to loose altitude from the ridge , to go over there – yep getting lazy at 61 is OK LOL .
There is also small tarn and wild flowers galore hidden away just up from the cabin and another lake you will pass on the right on the way there .

After all the hiking chill with a beer by the cabin , enjoy the views and wonder what all the people might be doing in the lowlands ?

Anyway the strangest  thing happened as I mentioned at the outset ! When i got home my neighbor called me and said he has seen a gray cat or something sniffing around my truck and since we don’t have a cat i was not to worried about it .
Shortly after that call though , I had to run to town and when I started my Fj I heard the strangest noise and saw some fir flying ?? Of course  i shut the engine off right away . But then I kept hearing this whistling noise in distress !
I new birds don’t have fir ,  ( yes I am the smartest tool in my shed ) .
So reluctantly I took a peak under the truck but could not see anything . I took me quiet a while before I saw a tail hanging out between the gas tank and the heat shield and the color gave it away right then ”  it was a marmot  ” !!!
You got to be kidding me , this guy hitched a ride under my Fj all the way from Farnham Glacier to my House ?? Yes and if you ever had the same thing happened to you , then you know that they have sharp teeth but even sharper claws! It took an hour before we had him out from under there and in a garbage can and ready for transport back o the alpine.
I can only imagine the the culture shock to go from alpine to the concrete jungle of the world . He did seam happy once we released him and took off in a hurry , so would I have .
cheers so there you have it , not a story you would hear to often .

Dani

26 Jul

Perfect Timing

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Lead Queen Mine – Trail

Well , for just a few days the smoked cleared just when one thought all was lost this summer . I did a hike  in one of the side valleys of Frances Creek leading Up to The lead Queen Mine and then had the perfect night for star gazing from Camp .
Thank You Jerry for Letting Us Use The Cabin , Its always a complete experience no matter what .

I followed the hint of a friend about an old miners trail into a side valley one over from the Tiger pass area and was actually amazed on how these guys in the old days must of worked hard to build these trails , they certainly where cut from a different cloth no doubt.

After a relatively short hike you come in to the sub alpine and with that the flowers , as well and of it did not take  long before I saw some rotor tilling courtesy of Mr. Grizz but no signed of him . The alpine opens right up and you can go for just about any scramble in any direction . I followed the creek to the right and made it all the way to the top where I accessed a steep ridge knowing I could see down into the are with a few lakes and the Shangrila trail  head . What a splendid view in every direction , especial toward all the glaciers of North Star and Cat mount Thunder water lake area. I could also just see the edge of McLean Lake and to the left Buster lake , but just the edge of it  . Rather than returning the way I came I decided to scramble down the spry slope toward the small Lead Queen lake at the bottom .
I spend some time down there checking out the mine sites , old tracks , ore carts and so on . One of the carts was in the lake so I had to go for a dip and take a shot , refreshing .They build like 3 foot rock trails all over the place and one wished you could have been a fly on the trail to see and hear what was going on in those days .
To top it off i got to sip on some vino and watch a glorious display of the stars and milky way over head .

And guess what the smoke was back the very next day .

Whats next , well that depends on the smoke

Dani

16 Jul

Chalice Creek – Bugaboos

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Hike # 2 , second week of July 2017  – started at 5 am with the 85 some clicks from Invermere to the Trail head . The access road had been slashed out and so it was nice still to have some paint on the truck .
The road is in good condition !
Ah yeah an old trick I learned the hard way , turn your lights off and point the ride down hill , its a real bummer when you don’t and nobody else is on the same hike , don’t be like this dummy .
After leaving in Invermere in about 12 degrees I was a bit surprised ant the 4 Celsius at 7:30 am on the trail head which was fine this hot blooded mountain goat .
This one gets your pump going right of the bat and until you cross the river the first time . After that you follow an old skid trail which drags on a bit when you come out , I see some one had a bike with them and so had a nice ride out in stead . I don’t know if they had the bike dropped by a Helicopter since I seen the tracks on the hole trail . At 61 I would definitely spare me that pain to carry it up , but hey you young bucks , go for it !
There was some serious avalanche debris a bit further up , so you just want to kinda watch to re connected withe the trail again and it was rock hard from the compaction with a fair bit of trees in it . now that I have been here a few times I knew to look for the logs across the river a bit up from the slides , since the trail continues further up on the right side and takes you through a beautiful creek delta and great flowers in the tail end , depending on the snow load each year .
Once you are on the left side of the creek , its not long before you head up hill zig and zag  all the way until you break in to the nice sub alpine and larch stand ( its a beauty in the fall as well ) . As you start heading left and sort of following the path , you will first see a nice tarn and a nice plaque memorializing a valley old timer Hal Bavin  , he would be happy to know that his grandson Ryan , is now guiding people in that area surely telling his grandpa’s  tales . From there you basically just stay in the open and on the ridges , snow depending . You can literally go as far as the ridge will take you always getting super views of the Iconic Bugaboo Spires . My favorite is the top ridge and its very unique alpine carpet of sage greens and and some flowers with hardly any trees left thus bringing the spires in full views.
Go over the last hump and you will get a view of 4 nice alpine lakes with unique colors and if you a sucker for a bit extra punishment , like me you can hike down the very bottom lake and feast on  the color of that see through lake and the boulders in it . And while your having lunch and a possible dip , it may well come to your mind , ? asking and  wondering ?  what the city slickers would be doing right about now looking at their concrete jungle ?  LOL . After a must alpine snooze ( bug depended ) Gas up on mountain fresh water and a protein bar before you head out out and back down the trail . Happy trails . They will serve you a cold beer should you get to the CMH Lodge if you get there before 4 PM .

 

 

 

 

15 Jul

Gorman Lake Near Golden BC

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First week of July Well , it’s was time lace  on the old hiking boots and this time from Golden were we parked our trailer along the kicking horse river and the breeze tho warm kept the pesky mosquito’s in check !

Tho a bit of a drive from Golden the road proofed in to to bad a shape except for maybe the last few clicks and though there was a big avalanche across the road it was literally right where you normally park anyway !
A nice and easy hike to the lake with really no snow to speak of until I got to the Lake , where the ice was just breaking up . So after a bit at the picnic table and by the canoe it was up the hill with jack and Jill LOL . You might want to stay out of the canoe unless you can swim fast ! As you trek higher the snow patches became bigger and  turned in to the old crotch sinker making for Jilled toes which actually felt good in the heath of the day. I went to the left up to the pass to see if I could spot my friends on the pass coming from Holt Lakes !
And though I kinda figured they may not make it , lone and behold it was not long before the appeared on the pass . They had started the day before by taking the kicker Gondola and slogged across a few ups and downs in the snow even having to camp on it since there was still plenty of it . So I watched them coming down the steep pitch from the pass hoping that neither would slip and have bum slide like a rocket to the the bottom . We caught up above the lake and they were happy I was there and to hike out and get a ride back to Golden . We ended the day with a glass of wine and pizza .

27 Nov

Fantasy Canyon – Near Vernal – Utah – USA

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Road Trip – yes it finally came on September 18th. and towing the trailer we were off on our adventure and heading south through Idaho , Wyoming , Utah , Colorado and our final destination being New Mexico .
To avoid Salt Lake City , we head east into Wyoming with nothing but wide open range land and hardly any traffic as well as well maintained roads .Though I do have to say  I don’t think I have ever seen so much road kill ever , yummy NOT ! I really wanted to see Fantasy Canyon and so we stopped in Vernal UT. got a few directions and food and off we went . I’s roughly forty miles mostly on paved roads and then roughly 9 miles of good gravel road . You are in oil country and so there is no shortage of pumps and pipelines on the way to Fantasy Canyon . As so often is true in the dessert one wonders where the road leads since there is little signs of a canyon anywhere . But we did not have to wonder to long and a small sign pointed the way to our destination . Not a soul sight we had all the room we wanted to arrange our trailers just the way we wanted .

Fantasy Canyon is certainly different then any other canyon we have seen and it is a relatively small area but cramped full of very strange features and as the the name Fantasy indicates , you can let your imagination go wild , it was certainly a great experience !
We got to see it , at dusk  and after watching the amazing star filled sky , once more at dawn , with each giving you different shots . We all had to agree that this was the place to be for the amazing show of stars , meteorites but best of all a seeing the milky way in such away one seldom sees so it that intense ! And sipping on shot of cognac , you could say it was a perfect night . If you go through there , take the side trip to Fantasy Canyon we loved it .
PS. As you might see from the picture , the devil really does live in the USA LOL . But It s a good thing he is just mud ! Oh yeah , we were warned of the pygmy rattlers , which we never saw and for me that’s a good thing .

 

09 Sep

Jumbo Pass – Purcell Mountains – British Columbia

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Well maybe I hit the right day to do my last hike this year before heading south to Utah and New Mexico . Since I had not been up Jumbo Pass in over 6 years it seemed like a good Idea for a short notice and close by hike and so i hit the trail at day break and got an early start .

Since it is one of the more popular hikes around Invermere I expected some hikers but got to the pass without seeing anybody , though I would guess by the cars in the parking lot , that somebody was staying at the hut. The sun just came up as I got to the lake  or maybe lets call it a tarn and not a ripple on it  , just what the doctor ordered ! The alpine smell , the sun and the just the simple peace and quiet made this short hike even more worth it . I decided to take advantage of the clear sky’s which have been a rarity this summer ! So I headed up the the goat trail leading to Bastille Mountain and it was not to long before getting to the col , where  great views down to Jumbo Pass  captivated my eyes for a while before turning toward the ridge leading toward Glacier Creek . The ridge hike looked inviting , so off I went all the way to the last of the 3 knolls , always in expectation of seeing a billy goat sooner or later ! But in all the years of hiking it always  amazes me how they just seem to turn in to thin air or I am going blind LOL . So no goats this time but plenty of spectacular views in to Glacier Creek and It’s many glaciers and huge moraines , truly majestic .
Of course one needs to take in the views as long as possible and then it’s time as always , to have that alpine snooze and lone and behold no bugs or people , sweet .
Yes the timing was perfect and after snapping a few more shots , I could see the clouds return and what seemed like some smoke from the west kootenays . Unfortunately like always one has to peel him self of the top and off we go back to the unrealitys of the daily grind .
And as I am leisurely driving out Jumbo &  Toby Creek I could not help it but notice the upper avalanche slopes turning color already and so adieu to the summer that was not , but what a great day it was .

so long until the next adventure

cheers

Dani

16 Aug

Hamilton Lake & Emerald Lake – Yoho National Park – British Columbia – Canada

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Howdy , yes finally a new post , crazy summer and the strange weather did not help to get out . I was looking for a new hike and with a good forecast insight , I ended up in Yoho National Park . I first tried Lake O’ Hara but they are so over booked , they wont even take standbys any more ! It is obvious that our National Parks are getting over used and Banff , Lake Louise make your head spin when you see the buses , campers and a flood of people . Anyway I settled for another hike starting from the parking lot at Emerald lake up to Hamilton Lake . Go early or you might have to hike an extra KM just to get to the parking lot LOL. The 5.4 KM trail winds up the mountain side in the trees and its nice and shady that is especially nice on the way down after being in the sun up top . It’s one of those straight up and straight down and good for the the 60 year old knees . Their is a few scrambles you can do while up there to either the end of the lake and up to the col on the right . Or the best one is when you get to the lake go up the right and start climbing the ridge on the left and eventually you will see the ever so beautiful Emerald Lake , well worth it. So hike on and enjoy
cheers

Dani