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Forum: Gotta Love Gear   01-10-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,361
Posted By mclay1234
We have an ursack for the same reason you...

We have an ursack for the same reason you mentioned - the bear canister doesn't fit in our backpack. A bear has never tried to get into it, but a weasel tried one morning. We caught him in the act...
Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   09-19-2017, 10:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,656
Posted By mclay1234
This post had me wondering if I was crazy(ier),...

This post had me wondering if I was crazy(ier), so I did a quick search:

Here is Hidden Lake on Sept. 16, 2017: http://mattclay.zenfolio.com/mount_richardson/h964E7D40#h964e7d40
Here is Hidden...
Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   09-19-2017, 09:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,656
Posted By mclay1234
The larches HAVE turned early this year, but it...

The larches HAVE turned early this year, but it depends entirely on where you're looking. On dry ridges, such as the northern ridge of The Wedge, they were past their prime on Sept. 10. We were...
Forum: Alberta Hiking   08-02-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,297
Posted By mclay1234
The river crossing for Caldron Lake in the...

The river crossing for Caldron Lake in the afternoon may be very difficult. I've read reports from very experienced hikers who barely made it across (thigh deep water in a raging glacial stream). ...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   07-31-2017, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
  AB Cen Crowfoot Tarn
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Posted By mclay1234
The shirt and the hat are the easiest way to...

The shirt and the hat are the easiest way to identify me! Definitely say hi if you see us again.

We were actually camping at Mosquito Creek frontcountry campground last week. Our trip to The...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   07-31-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 11
  AB Cen Crowfoot Tarn
Views: 1,248
Posted By mclay1234
Nice photos! We almost did Crowfoot Mountain...

Nice photos! We almost did Crowfoot Mountain (and the tarn) that day, but opted instead for The Onion.

That's actually us crossing the creek in one of your photos! After The Onion we made a...
Forum: Gotta Love Gear   05-26-2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,410
Posted By mclay1234
If you can afford it, lightweight tents, sleeping...

If you can afford it, lightweight tents, sleeping pads (Neoair), and sleeping bags (down) can shed several pounds from the total. Many people get lightweight packs too, but I go for comfort on that...
Forum: Gotta Love Gear   05-14-2017, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 691
Posted By mclay1234
ACR PLB battery replacement

For owners of ACR PLB's, have any of you had the battery replaced? If so, where did you have it done? I live in Calgary and the closest place that does this seems to be in Vancouver, and I'd...
Forum: British Columbia - Mainland Hiking   03-28-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 756
Posted By mclay1234
I don't have any experience in the area, but I...

I don't have any experience in the area, but I know the "Backroad Mapbooks" (http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/) tend to have most roads and trails on them. In Alberta many of the roads on the maps...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   03-16-2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,890
Posted By mclay1234
The closure area (where the incident occurred) is...

The closure area (where the incident occurred) is the valley between Mount Andromache and Little Hector (the valley used to access both peaks), if I've interpreted the map correctly.
Forum: Gotta Love Gear   02-01-2017, 03:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,335
Posted By mclay1234
I carry the ACR ResQlink. I did extensive...

I carry the ACR ResQlink. I did extensive research when looking for one 5 years ago and concluded it was the most reliable option out there. I've never used it, thankfully, but it's with me on...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   01-16-2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,307
Posted By mclay1234
I'd definitely recommend heading up Sanson Peak. ...

I'd definitely recommend heading up Sanson Peak. As long as you're not expecting wilderness and solitude it's quite nice, and would perhaps not be too crowded on a weekday. From your new home base...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   01-16-2017, 09:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,307
Posted By mclay1234
I went up Sanson Peak last weekend, but went in...

I went up Sanson Peak last weekend, but went in via the trail from the Upper Hot Springs. I wasn't expecting much, but was very pleasantly surprised by both the solitude (started at sunrise), the...
Forum: British Columbia - Mainland Hiking   01-11-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,113
Posted By mclay1234
Not if the vending machines get to you first! ...

Not if the vending machines get to you first!



I'm all about relative risks and feel far safer in the woods than I ever do on the drive there or anywhere in town. My fear of vending...
Forum: Hiking and Backpacking   01-10-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 987
Posted By mclay1234
Look into Sunset Pass (Normal Creek campground)...

Look into Sunset Pass (Normal Creek campground) along the Icefields Parkway. It's a bit north of Saskatchewan River Crossing. I was there in summer several years ago and don't recall any large...
Forum: British Columbia - Mainland Hiking   01-10-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,113
Posted By mclay1234
I don't believe hiking alone is less (or more)...

I don't believe hiking alone is less (or more) safe than hiking in a group for the simple reason that I've never seen actual evidence for it. I've heard plenty of anecdotes, but the vast majority of...
Forum: Alberta Hiking   12-14-2016, 09:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,122
Posted By mclay1234
I just read the report and am now very confused...

I just read the report and am now very confused by the GPS track and starting point labelled "car". We drove the Old Man River road on Sept. 10 and came to an impassable washout just past Oldman...
Forum: Alberta Hiking   12-12-2016, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,122
Posted By mclay1234
I have a few scrambles planned in that area and...

I have a few scrambles planned in that area and did a bit of reconnaissance this past summer. The Oldman River road is in good shape until just past Oldman Falls, or about 500 m north of where...
Forum: British Columbia - Mainland Hiking   11-27-2016, 08:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,487
Posted By mclay1234
Check out Vern Dewit's analysis of all the routes...

Check out Vern Dewit's analysis of all the routes into Assiniboine: http://explor8ion.com/backpacking/mount-assiniboine-park-access-routes.html
Forum: Site Feedback, Help, and Suggestions   11-22-2016, 09:42 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,899
Posted By mclay1234
This is not true. Each photo in a Facebook post...

This is not true. Each photo in a Facebook post or album can have its own caption (story). Captions can, I believe, be as long as you want. A proper Facebook album tells a story that is equally...
Forum: Site Feedback, Help, and Suggestions   11-18-2016, 12:05 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,899
Posted By mclay1234
I would post to this site if it was as easy as on...

I would post to this site if it was as easy as on Facebook. I'm not pro Facebook or Clubtread, but when I have 5 minutes to do something I can only choose the option that takes 5 minutes or less. ...
Forum: Alberta Hiking   10-24-2016, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,542
Posted By mclay1234
I've done a fair bit of snowshoeing in the...

I've done a fair bit of snowshoeing in the Kananaskis and Banff areas. Most were in low-risk avalanche terrain, but you should do some reading on avalanche safety as anything can be risky under the...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   07-12-2016, 12:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,502
Posted By mclay1234
A hikers route up Mount Crandell

Mount Crandell has two common scramble routes: Tick Ridge, rated moderate, and the Bear's Hump, rated difficult. Neither of these routes were suitable for us, so we found a different one. Last...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   07-11-2016, 10:40 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 831
Posted By mclay1234
An easy route up Anderson Peak and Lost Mountain

It's been a wet summer so far, but this past week Waterton National Park seemed to be the driest and so we headed down there for some hiking and scrambling. On Thursday we scrambled up Anderson Peak...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   07-04-2016, 09:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,164
Posted By mclay1234
Mount Ward, Mount Coulthard, and Syncline Mountain scrambles

It is perhaps just me or my computer, but I can't get the image upload thing to easily work on here, and with very little patience for such things I've avoided posting recently. I do view Clubtread...
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