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Forum: Canadian Rockies   10-01-2021, 01:39 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By esmeadows
Great trip! It seems that it's becoming ever...

Great trip! It seems that it's becoming ever more difficult to reach from the Walker FSR.
Forum: Canadian Rockies   09-11-2021, 04:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,524
Posted By esmeadows
Return to Six Passes

I got back from a successful transit of the Six Passes on Monday.

Here's a pic of Ellusive Pass. Snow was no impediment this year. Nothing like the big cornice in previous pics.

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Forum: Alberta Hiking   05-12-2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,694
Posted By esmeadows
Maybe Jackson Creek will become the preferred...

Maybe Jackson Creek will become the preferred trailhead for hikers. No one is missing anything by skipping the dull trail between Rock Lake and the Wildhay ford.
Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   03-16-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 1,098
Views: 194,147
Posted By esmeadows
Ha, ha, zeljkok and I couldn't have a more...

Ha, ha, zeljkok and I couldn't have a more different perspective. I'm glad for him and that our world accommodates everyone. I'm usually pretty happy to walk quietly on a valley floor trail with...
Forum: Gotta Love Gear   02-15-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,408
Posted By esmeadows
Prana Zion have become my hiking pant and also...

Prana Zion have become my hiking pant and also just for normal summer wear. I've bushwhacked enough to have stopped hiking in shorts.

I love the Zion. You can sometimes find them on sale, just...
Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   02-13-2021, 01:01 AM
Replies: 1,098
Views: 194,147
Posted By esmeadows
I finally went to Terrace Creek for two nights...

I finally went to Terrace Creek for two nights Jan 31-Feb 2. The trip in on skis was fine, but the way out was really tough with 40cm of new snow. 11.5km sounds like an easy hiking day but not so...
Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   02-13-2021, 12:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 402
Posted By esmeadows
I was there a few years ago and don't remember...

I was there a few years ago and don't remember anything like that. In fact, I did a whole lot more dishes than my share just because I don't like working in a messy kitchen. If there had been a...
Forum: British Columbia - Mainland Hiking   12-29-2020, 12:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,236
Posted By esmeadows
Berg Lake to Kakwa Lake on the Great Divide...

Berg Lake to Kakwa Lake on the Great Divide Trail? Epic trip (not by me) reported on ClubTread in 2018.
Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   12-26-2020, 10:39 PM
Replies: 1,098
Views: 194,147
Posted By esmeadows
Not far. I only went as far as the main channel...

Not far. I only went as far as the main channel of the Alexandra, which is probably only a couple of km. I didn't get to the trailhead until noon. When it was clear that I wouldn't have time to...
Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   12-26-2020, 12:01 PM
Replies: 1,098
Views: 194,147
Posted By esmeadows
Banff - Alexandra Valley

I was wondering whether it were possible to ski or snowshoe into the Alexandra Valley along the river bottom. This requires a crossing of the heavily braided North Saskatchewan river, but avoids...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   12-11-2020, 06:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 461
Posted By esmeadows
Summers in AB are way to short, so I resolved...

Summers in AB are way to short, so I resolved last year to get out to the backcountry in the winter. Covid brought things crashing down, but I'm ready to try again this year. Backcountry skiing and...
Forum: The Lodge   10-24-2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 276
Posted By esmeadows
I was a member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail...

I was a member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club in the 80s. They were then (and probably still are) a model of good management with a clear purpose. https://www.patc.net/

The Appalachian...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   10-23-2020, 10:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,524
Posted By esmeadows
Here is the same bridge on Sep 28, 2020. ...

Here is the same bridge on Sep 28, 2020.

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I usually take pictures of bridges to document their condition.
Forum: Canadian Rockies   10-23-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,524
Posted By esmeadows
I looks a lot less intimidating from up close...

I looks a lot less intimidating from up close than looking up from Maligne Pass. I probably could have found my way, but I was already worried about getting caught in a snowstorm at the end of...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   10-04-2020, 11:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,524
Posted By esmeadows
Ellusive Pass looks pretty clear in your pic...

Ellusive Pass looks pretty clear in your pic although there still seems to be a cornice at the summit of the pass. I've been told that the summit holds a cornice through most of the year. I'll have...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   10-04-2020, 08:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,524
Posted By esmeadows
Maligne Pass - Sep 28-30, 2020

I've been on trails that I didn't want to leave, like this year in incredible Castleguard Meadows and the along the expansive Alexandra River valley. It felt sad to arrive at the terminal trailhead....
Forum: Canadian Rockies   09-20-2020, 12:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,228
Posted By esmeadows
I wish they would post a bit more about their...

I wish they would post a bit more about their objectives for the burn along the Alexandra. It's hard not to feel this as a loss, and it would be nice to have more than a general idea about the...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   09-19-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,228
Posted By esmeadows
Parks has posted that they completed a small...

Parks has posted that they completed a small prescribed burn (70 ha) along the Alexandra last Sunday. There's no word yet on whether they'll burn any more this year or whether they'll let hikers...
Forum: Gotta Love Gear   09-19-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,903
Posted By esmeadows
As I get older, I find that I get tired more...

As I get older, I find that I get tired more quickly and have resolved to travel with lighter gear. I've managed to get down to about 20 lb for a comfortable, non-ultralight base weight, not...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   09-10-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,228
Posted By esmeadows
Here's a long-form trip report...

Here's a long-form trip report (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PKF430N_xyTgKOQ-erbY7DpOA5hP748eH_lu0YyzKl8/edit?usp=sharing) with some similar but expanded content.
Forum: Gotta Love Gear   09-10-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,903
Posted By esmeadows
I carry a Paradox light down jacket...

I carry a Paradox light down jacket (https://www.costco.ca/paradox-men%E2%80%99s-packable-down-jacket.product.100490766.html) from Costco. I have so far only used it in camp. A thick merino blend...
Forum: New Member Introductions   08-30-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By esmeadows
Gently, Longwalk... Hunters and backpackers are...

Gently, Longwalk... Hunters and backpackers are allies in conserving wild spaces. In Alberta, outfitters do most of the trail maintenance outside the national parks. Even though hunting is not...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   08-29-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,228
Posted By esmeadows
Ha, ha, you and I are quite different in our...

Ha, ha, you and I are quite different in our approach to the backcountry. I know you like to climb and enjoy a long view. I'm perfectly happy walking in solitude in the forest. To crunch up a...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   08-29-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,228
Posted By esmeadows
I used the Hillsound trail crampon...

I used the Hillsound trail crampon (https://www.hillsound.ca/products/trail-crampon). I is very grippy on the ice. It is exactly the right product for the environment.

I, too, was hesitant to...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   08-28-2020, 02:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,228
Posted By esmeadows
Castleguard Meadows via Saskatchewan Glacier

My friend John Shaw and I hiked into Castleguard Meadows via the Saskatchewan Glacier and out via the Alexandra River on Aug 16-20, 2020.

This may have been the best backpack of my life. The...
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