Wapiti (elk) during the rut.
Note: click the thumbnails on the left of this page to see the other winning pictures: National Geographic News Photo Gallery: Best Mountain Photographs of 2006 Announced
(via The Adventure Blog – 2006 Banff Mountain Photography Competition)
I subscribe to the excellent Practical Backpacking blog and podcast.
I enjoyed their on-trail interview with Justin Lichter (aka Trauma) & his dog Yoni.
The team is hiking a 10,000mi, 1-year journey. (Eastern Continental Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, & Continental Divide Trail.) <gear list>
Trauma’s home page sponsored by Granite Gear.
Our vote for the best National Park in North America for sighting wildlife is tiny Waterton National Park in Alberta, Canada. (Adjacent to Glacier National Park in Montana.)
In Waterton you are more likely than not to see bear on any given day.
Charming Waterton Townsite is overrun with deer. You can play hide and go seek with them as we did.
photo – George Novak
During the winter hungry cougars will come right into town after the deer. Locals told us the record was 5 cougars within town limits at one time!
If you need an excuse to visit Waterton, come for one of the world’s best hikes: The Tamarack Trail. 3 days, 2nights 36km (22.4mi)
When choosing the best hikes in the world, the chance to see interesting flora and fauna is an important factor.
On a 4-day hiking & biking car camping trip we saw moose, bison, antelope, bear, deer, elk, mountain goat and more.
Click PLAY on the video below or see the animals on YouTube.
music – Broken Social Scene
Actually, this was the first time I’d seen the large North American Pronghorn Antelope. And we only saw the one in the video.