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post #1081 of (permalink) Old 03-17-2021, 01:22 AM
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6 hours to the top of Northover Ridge? "Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies" is a great book, but all they want is views! When you get there it's all rocks! Everything looks the same, except for the snow pitifully struggling to survive in the cold dark shadows. Want a drink? Melt snow, sucker! Sweet misery as you hunker down to keep from being blown over a 300m precipice by the 80 kph winds. Enjoy! :-)

This is one of most misguided statements I've heard in my life. But I agree with you: To each their own, and there is room for everyone in the nature. I am sure you can find 1 person in a 1000, maybe even 2, that prefer boring forest walks to breathtaking aerial ridgetop views.



But this is conditions update thread, and not place for personal preference debate, so let's leave it there.
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post #1082 of (permalink) Old 03-31-2021, 03:06 PM
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How's the snow pack looking so far this year? I'm planning on hitting up Glacier Lake late April / early May. Expectation is that there will likely be a moderate amount of hard pack snow at the higher elevation along trail with the lake being mostly snowfree.
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How's the snow pack looking so far this year? I'm planning on hitting up Glacier Lake late April / early May. Expectation is that there will likely be a moderate amount of hard pack snow at the higher elevation along trail with the lake being mostly snowfree.

I'd say overall average or slightly below average winter snowpack. Recent dump deposited 10-20 cm but it started melting. Typical early spring conditions.



As for Glacier Lake your guess is probably good. I'd expect trail to be dry with section of mud and snow patches on that forested hill before you start descent to the lake. Gaiters only gear needed
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Apr 13, '21

Went for a walk up sunny Yam shoulder. Snowdump earlier this week has plastered everything & there is now wet white stuff even at valley floor. Yam trail was super muddy lower down, then slushy and final rise to the shoulder has quite a bit of slippery snow; booted going up, but put spikes for sake of mind going down (they work in mud too!). Yam is all white & I'd say not in condition, same for CMC valley, Wendells and Association. Still nice exercise (450m vertical to shoulder) I love doing because of these views across valley floor from the ridge to Kananaskis. Couple of pics:

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[Foothills pano from Yam ridge; Barrier Lookout I hiked last week is right of center across the valley]


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[Yam shoulder, as you can see all white. Boot prints continued through the cleft, also down direct route on the left]


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[Chimney and first scramble bit; I turned around here as I was not doing whole thing (done Yam at least half a dozen times by now)]


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[View down snowy CMC Valley; Wendell East is just left of center, and to the right and behind is Association]


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[Along Bow River looking south towards "Wall of Canmore"]


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[Princess Margaret with dramatic sunset sky; pic taken from little rise above Power Plant along Legacy Trail extension towards Nordic center]
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I've been following this post and I sure hope this is going to happen. Athabasca Pass is a magnificent place.
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post #1086 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2021, 07:24 AM
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You SHOULD log in more ;=)


btw I really enjoyed your WCT videos last wk, both of them. Hilarious sequences too, like when girls play their music on trail & you make faces.
Haha - thanks! Love that trail. Hoping to hike with the girls again this summer, as it has been too long!
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I've been following this post and I sure hope this is going to happen. Athabasca Pass is a magnificent place.
YEs, me too. I am planning to try to ford Simon late this season to get up there. I hope this is true, even thought it won't likely be done this year. Extending that trail past the one camp still showing on the maps on the other side would also be HUGE.
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I've been following this post and I sure hope this is going to happen. Athabasca Pass is a magnificent place.
Thank you for sharing this here Dieter. But funding is not coming from Parks, if I understand right. This is my issue - backcountry users pay same fees like frontcountry users, but get zilch in return


If this happens I might go too; there is way too much valley walking for my taste, but there is so much historic importance. I am kinda curious though to watch video of howesthehike fording Simon Creek
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Thank you for sharing this here Dieter. But funding is not coming from Parks, if I understand right. This is my issue - backcountry users pay same fees like frontcountry users, but get zilch in return


If this happens I might go too; there is way too much valley walking for my taste, but there is so much historic importance. I am kinda curious though to watch video of howesthehike fording Simon Creek
Hahah. Might have to video that now, but it will be in real time - none of this staged "watch me cross" stuff. no way I'm doing that one more than twice!
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Hahah. Might have to video that now, but it will be in real time - none of this staged "watch me cross" stuff. no way I'm doing that one more than twice!

Right. You go first and have girls film you. Then if you survive it is safe and they can follow. And if you don't, we still have a record what happened 😁
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