I wish I could have atteneded Backpacking Light’s Wilderness Trekking III Course.
From super hiker Ryan Jordan’s blog:
… food, water, avalanche gear, group gear, snowshoes, and all clothing worn and items carried. Our pack weights to start actually averaged in the 12-14ish pound range.
If I had to sing praise for the most merit-worthy benefits of this course, it was the cross pollination of experience, the joy of camaraderie in the face of wilderness stress, and the satisfaction of having achieved something meaningful as part of a group. …
I lived 10yrs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Cold, clear and snowy is the norm during the long winters there. Beautiful.
I’m planning on New Year’s Eve at Emma Lake, SK.
The best way to learn about snow is to play with it, doing this often. By playing with or in snow, one gains experience with the different types of snow and one can readily and enjoyably adapt to snowy conditions allowing more opportunities in being outdoors.
At the Banff Mountain Festival I bumped in Chris Hopkins, a friend I hadn’t seen for 17-years.
Turns out he and his wife are managing beautiful Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, 40km north of Lake Louise on the Banff – Jasper highway.
Unlike many of the tourist highlights of the Canadian Rockies, winter is their favourite season. When I told Chris I was a hiker, he spoke of great trails out of the lodge. But that the cross country and backcountry skiing was even better.
I’d love to tour of all the Rocky Mountain lodges. This would be high on my list.
Stop summer or winter. The red roof, the blue lake, the green trees. This would be a terrific place to film your movie.
So, the University of Alberta Outdoors Club in Edmonton decided to hike the Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park in the Fall.
That’s crazy, man!
This â€” our favourite hike in the Canadian Rockies â€” is difficult enough in August.
Did they survive?
Check the trip report by Ewen on his Outdoor Video Magazine site:
… When I awoke in the morning, I discovered the rain had turned to 4 inches of snow over night, and everything was frozen solid. A temperature somewhere between -5C and -10C coupled with the rain the night before meant people had to resort to licking tent poles to get them to collapse, and I had to spend nearly 10m de-icing the bear hanger before we could get our food down.
We did not have time to hike Kachemak Bay State Park but I would love to go back one day. A water taxi can get you there quickly.
One of the largest coastal parks in the United States, Kachemak Bay State Park offers glaciers, mountains, islands, lakes, rugged shoreline and beaches, plus over 80 miles of trails, 20 developed campsites and five public use cabins. Bay Excursions transports people to the various trail heads and campsites.
We enjoyed the short Portage Pass Trail day hike out of Whittier.
Hiking author Dean Littlepage:
… A half-day or overnight hike to Portage Pass, Portage Lake, and an overlook of Portage Glacier.
Portage Pass is a beautiful spot in its own right, and this hike is also the easiest way to get a good view of the face of Portage Glacier since it melted back out of sight of the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center, in 1993.
A moderate hike to an outstanding destination, this trip offers a reward-to-effort ratio thatâ€™s right up there with the best Southcentral Alaska has to offer.
Portage Pass is a gap gouged out of the earth long ago by a lobe of Portage Glacier and opened up for hikers by the glacierâ€™s retreat of the last century.
The trail has history too; in the 1890s, when the Alaska Gold Rush brought in the first big influx of non-Natives, steamships docked at the foot of Portage Pass, where Whittier is now, and dropped off prospectors headed for gold strikes near Hope and Sunrise on Turnagain Arm. They hauled their supplies up the steep east face of the glacier with ropes and pulleys, hiked a beaten path across the ice through Portage Pass, and rambled down to Turnagain Arm and the diggings.
Special features: A glacial landscape, alpine scenery, and historic interest.
In a huge and wild park such as Wrangell-St. Elias, you can never have too many maps
National Geographic – Trails Illustrated has produced a 1:375,000 (1 inch = 6 miles) scale map of Wrangell-St. Elias that is a great tool for initial trip planning.
It is waterproof, tear resistant, and covers the entire park, including detailed inserts of the Nabesna Road and McCarthy/Kennecott areas. This map is available at all park ranger stations, or online through the Alaska Natural History Association for $9.95
We highly recommend that backcountry hikers also purchase the highly detailed USGS 1:63,360 (1 inch = 1 mile) topographic maps, also known as 15-minute quadrangle maps of the particular route they plan to travel. Note: this part of Alaska is not covered by USGS 7.5-minute maps.