Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Sounds like it was a fun hike and a very memorable time, aside from ( if I'm reading it right ) the fact you may never see your car again? That would kind of suck.
My closest encounter with a forest fire was near the Southesk region of Jasper back in 2006. Started our trip during a mid July heat wave, which brought the Alberta thunderstorms, and the lightning started a fire. We carried on hiking, at times somewhat toward the glow, thinking we were safe on the other side of the mountains from where the fire was, and awoke the next morning in smoke so thick it was tough to see 10 feet. That fire spread FAST. Fortunately, by this time we weren't far from the trailhead and got out of there without any real concern. The smoke remained thick up until about Edson. Quite a fire.