Into Banff

Date: 7/20/2019 Day: 16 Distance: 10 miles start: 7:30 am stop: 12 pm Steps: 35892 Elevation: 4455 ft Others Here: Shroomer, Coyote, Backtrack Camp: Inns at Banff What3Words: https://w3w.co/fidgeted.insightful.assemblies Today was a relatively easy hike into Sunshine Village where Yote got us a ride down to Banff where we plan to take a zero day tomorrow. Of course it rained most of the way, but when you are headed to town, the cold rain is more bearable. First thing at Sunshine we went to a coffee shop for hot drinks and hot soup. Drying everything out The trail family a …

More weather

Date: 7/19/2019 Day: 15 Distance: 15 miles start: 8:30 am stop: 7 pm Steps: 40114 Elevation: 6522 ft Others Here: Shroomer, Coyote Camp: Tenting in an undisclosed location What3Words: I know there has been something awesome beyond the mist, rain, hail, and snow the last few days, I just can’t quite see it. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just …

At least

Date: 7/18/2019 Day: 14 Distance: 22.5 miles start: 8 am stop: 8 pm Steps: 61302 Elevation: 5505 ft Others Here: Shroomer, Coyote, Backtrack Camp: Tenting at Big Spring Campsite What3Words: https://w3w.co/unification.changes.enlightened Today we lived a meme that I have posted on my cubicle wall at work. It’s cold out … at least it isn’t raining It’s cold and raining … at least it isn’t windy It’s cold, windy, and raining … at least it isn’t hailing It’s cold, windy, raining, and hailing … at least I’m not at work Long day today so I may not write much. The day …

Rain Delay

Date: 7/17/2019 Day: 13 Distance: 13 miles start: 11 am stop: 5 pm Steps: 40027 Elevation: 7251 ft Others Here: Shroomer, Coyote, Backtrack, Brazil Nut Camp: Tenting at Turbine Campground What3Words: https://w3w.co/stamps.residential.textiles Shroomer, Coyote, Backtrack, Steffi (now Fireball – not the alchohol kind – which is quite a story in itself ), and I left after one last coffee and sausage, egg, and cheese muffin from the trading post. On the road walk back to the trail we ran into Brazil Nut who has been trying to catch up. She, Coyote, and Shroomer had a joyful reunion send then the …

Kananaskis

Date: 7/16/2019 Day: 12 Distance: 6 miles start: 8 am stop: 10:30 am Steps: 31852 Elevation: 5771 ft Others Here: Shroomer, Coyote, Backtrack, Steffi Camp: Tenting at Bolton Creek Trading Post campground What3Words: https://w3w.co/debris.retire.movie Short day into Kananaskis to pick up our resupply boxes from the Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre. We called ahead to verify that the boxes were there. Mine and Backtrack’s were there but not Coyote and Shroomer. Their’s was at Kananaskis village. Only Coyote and Backtrack hitched to get the boxes because it is difficult for 4 people to get a ride. They had quite the adventure …

Elk River FSR

Date: 7/15/2019 Day: 11 Distance: 18 miles start: 9am stop: 5pm Steps: 47777 Elevation: 5787 ft Others Here: Shroomer, Coyote, Backtrack Camp: ; Tenting What3Words: https://w3w.co/adjuster.uncoil.spaced After the long day yesterday, a relatively short 18 miles on Elk River forest service road was welcome. Views all along the way made up for the road walking.

Where’s Boat

Date: 7/14/2019 Day: 10 Distance: miles start: 7:00 am stop: 9:40 pmSteps: 71065 Elevation: 4849 ft Others Here: Shroomer, Coyote, Backtrack Camp: Tenting 0.25 miles from Aldridge Creek beside the road in the woods What3Words: https://w3w.co/toothbrush.permitting.locks So much happened today it feels like 3 or 4 days crammed into one, but that is the way of a long distance hike. Each day is so full of different and myriad experiences, that it seems like many days. So exhausted,… I can’t write it now and it is almost 11pm. I’ll try and fill in the details, now days later… We got …

Sublime Sub-alpine

Date: 7/13/2019 Day: 9 Distance: 20 miles start: 7:30 am stop: 6:30 pm Steps: 60028 Elevation: 6112 ft Others Here: Shroomer, Coyote, Backtrack Camp: Tenting near Lost Creek What3Words: https://w3w.co/password.openings.overtakingSuch a beautiful day on mostly trails. We hiked around the bowl below Beehive Mountain and spent much of the day enjoying the wonder of Sub-alpine environs. I watched a herd of big horn sheep feeding on the grasses on a rise within the bowl. Blue skies and wildflowers abounded today. Forget me not, Indian paintbrush, valerian, daisy, dandelion, and many others I cannot name. I am so fortunate to be …

Trail Family

Date: 7/12/2019 Day: 8 Distance: 14 miles start: 7:30 am stop: 5 PM Steps: 44359 Elevation: 5863 ft. Others Here: Shroomer, Coyote, Backtrack, Antoine Camp: Tenting near Cache Creek What3Words: https://w3w.co/tango.copyrights.count Today started out with a cross country jaunt toward the saddle below Tornado peak. The trail made for tornado pass and then up to the saddle, but there has been a rock slide and our info suggested going directly to the saddle via a cross country route. It was a tough climb up scree with no trail, but very rewarding once we made the saddle. Magnificent views and big …

Rolling Passes

Date: 7/11/2019 Day: 8 Distance: 21.5 miles start: 8 am stop: 5:30 pm Steps: 60249 Elevation: 6588 ft Others Here: Shroomer, Coyote, Backtrack, Antoine, Sweet Tooth Camp: Tenting at Dutch Creek What3Words: https://w3w.co/wells.hamsters.verify Not too difficult day primarily on ATV roads over two passes. There were some steep sections but for the most part, they were easy hiking. As Coyote has been fond of saying, it was no La Coulotte. Today I was especially grateful to be out here. We came a into an opening with lovely pines, green grasses, blue skies, and white puffy clouds. I got that familiar …