Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Central Vancouver Island
Interest: Scuba Diving, Hiking, Camping
Success - at last !!
2020 was a write off for an attempt due to Covid and travel restrictions, so had to plan for this year.
Spent two weeks in Kananaskis, hiking almost every day to build up endurance.
Last Saturday (July 17th) my son-in-law and I set off in the late morning. With a steady pace until the falls we made good time, then were slowed by the climbing and scrambling that we had to do. Thankfully the son-in-law acted as a goat and at times a route finder. Almost four hours after heading out, we made it to the cairn. It was an emotional time for me, as I had been involved in the initial searches for Orvall Pall and Ken Wolff's plane.
We really lucked out, as there was little or no smoke at any of the lakes, or in the valley. Visibility was unlimited, and the scenery was spectacular. Winds were quite strong, and as it was getting later in the afternoon, we only spent a short time at the cairn. The next day, the whole valley was choked with smoke, so there would have been very limited visbility.
I am thankful that I was finally able to complete this hike. I thank my son-in-law for taking up the challenge, and helping me get there. Now that I know the route and challenges involved, perhaps I will try again in the future.
Long Time Conservationist
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