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post #946 of (permalink) Old 11-16-2015, 07:17 PM
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There's a not a lot of snow up on Mt Sarrail right now, but the far end of the lake can be risky as slabs start to form higher up. Just be aware as this is an avalanche area
Thanks. Yes, well aware summer route is avalanche slope, but it is worth stressing this. Ever since I saw pics from Vern report (in particular rr-16), wanted to get up there in winter conditions after countless summer trips. Advantage of winter route is you get up to higher point. We'll see.
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Laid down a snowshoe track up Raspberry Ridge today. Take advantage of it while it lasts! Ankle / shin deep snow for the first couple kilometres, until you get closer to and onto Raspberry Ridge where it gets a bit deeper. I went up the East slopes / face and near the top, before gaining the ridge, snow is knee / thigh deep. You'll definitely need snowshoes and bring an ice axe if you have one (came in handy to get up the last 15 metres of the face and bust through the cornice to gain the ridge). Check out the link below for pics. PM me for details on the route; sorry no GPS track.

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For those who ride the glide, X-country ski trails at Lake Louise are finally taking shape. A week-long dump had the trail gnomes working hard to just pack for a few days before finally setting tracks on Moraine Lake Rd and the Old Highway. Tramline is good as well but Fairview, Pipestone, and Telemark trails are all waiting attention. Also, Cascade fire road in Banff is in good shape and the bridge is back in!

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Minnewanka lakeshore trail well broken and wide; no snowshoes necessary. Continues past Turbine canyon towards L8 junction; I expect it is broken till Aylmer lookout, but did not have time to check. Overall snow cover in the area is significantly less than in Canmore

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We're thinking of hiking Red Ridge on Sunday and being new to winter snowshoeing / hiking I'd like to inquire about avalanche safety. I looked at the avalanche.ca website and it shows moderate conditions on Saturday for all of Kananaskis. In my travels I've seen folks mention things like 'oh, there is little avi risk on that hike' I assume this assertion is based on the location and terrain of the particular hike. I'm wondering if there is a knowledge base out there that has that kind of information or if it's all just word of mouth.

Any pointers on where I can do some research?

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If you're planning to venture into the mountains in the winter, I'd strongly recommend taking the AST1 course (https://www.ucalgary.ca/ActiveLiving...tain_Avalanche). It will give you a lot of information on the basics of reading the avalanche reports, how to identify safer terrain, and how to rescue someone should an avalanche occur.


As well A Beginner's Guide to Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies by Andrew Nugara (http://www.rmbooks.com/book_details....=9781927330388), details a number of trails in low risk terrain.
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Thanks Kelly, I think I will look up that course and not to say that this is a substitute for actual training but I found some basic information here - which I'm finding useful for at least understanding what some of the risk is.

http://www.fsavalanche.org/get-the-training/

this too:

http://old.avalanche.ca/cac/training/online-course

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hello thought i'd share.
dec 12th 2015
broke a trail up Rawson Lake Ridge via the indirect route that goes up the northeast slopes. light was fading (left parking lot at noon) so turned around shortly after treeline. the view after you make it out of the bush is just simply amazing. Glad I did it, even with the trail breaking hell
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Anyone into X-country skiing, Cascade Fire Road is beautifully track set -- except for odd place with heavy elk hoofs crossing the road. Went just to the bridge (Cr6 campground), but tracks continue, probably to warden cabin.

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I can update the Cascade Valley Trail, it is trackset all the way to Stoney Creek, with skier-set tracks continuing on, at least as of last week. That new bridge at Cascade River is great but it will not allow for the passage of vehicles hence the "fire road" is decommissioned and now Parks calls it simply a trail. The bridge at Stoney Creek OTOH is a rudimentary affair not suitable for skiers (single wood beam with one handrail) so we picked our way across the ice.

BTW, any other luddites out there enjoy wooden skis?
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Skied to Elk Pass on Jan 2 (upper K-lake area in PLPP). Wonderfully trackset and groomed -- pure joy! Not too cold. Stopped at bench on the pass (BC / Alberta provincial border) but looked with serious longing at single skier track that continues downhill towards Elk Lakes Cabin. As I was having my soup, old timer came up from that direction & had nice chat -- he skied to the cabin, then booted up to lower Elk lake. Said it was quite difficult, but once he was up there he had it to himself & was very beautiful. Now I felt even more longing as I've never been to Elk Lakes. Think I might make overnight trip March timeframe. Anyways, here's a pic at Blueberry Hill junction -- check out Mt. Fox (center left) and Turret (far right):



Most probably know it already, but K-lakes area is heaven for nordic skiers; so many groomed and trackset trails of all levels of difficulty. Pocaterra lot is the busiest probably because it is closest. Here's the map:

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Just thought I'd post about the conditions I found at Ya Ha Tinda on Saturday. Maze Peak looked really dry from the road. Couldn't really see the upper ridge though. Some pics:


On the way in.


On the way out.


I ascended Evangeline Peak. It was not dry. Snow boot deep to thigh deep around treeline. Ridge was mostly windswept except the descent from the initial bump. Pics:


Below treeline.


At treeline.


Going over the bump in the ridge.


After the bump in the ridge.


Summit looking back.


The trail.

More pics on my new website (which is not completed yet):
http://alisekera.zenfolio.com/
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Hey Ali, Just had a look at your new site. Very neat!
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Hey Ali, Just had a look at your new site. Very neat!
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I always enjoy these front page slideshows -- pause & try to guess where the photo was taken. Easier said than done
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Quick jaunt up Miners Peak and Ha Ling above Canmore. Very icy trail below treeline -- don't even think about going up without traction; on descent I wiped out even with icers! Generally dry conditions on the ridge. Not much snow on EEOR across the street & it looks in might be in shape. North side of Bow Valley has similar conditions. Pictures to illustrate the above:

[Pano from Ha Ling; Rundle massif directly across, Bow Valley & Canmore center right]

[Closer look to EEOR; looks like you could stay mostly out of snow if climbing the right (east) ridge]

[View over towards Miners Peak from Ha Ling. Lawrence Grassi behind]

[View towards Ha Ling from Miners peak ridge, showing mainly dry conditions]

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