Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Seasons, They Are A-Changin'

Technically it is still summer but it sure does not feel like it. On a bike ride in the foothills last week, I found myself ducking under branches weighed down with fresh snow. Having struggled to stay warm while rock climbing the last couple of times out, I was reluctant to head back up to The Lookout on the strength of yesterday's forecast. That, plus with the crappy weather recently, Eamonn, J and I were keen to drive the Icefields Parkway to see if something interesting might not have frozen up. As it turned out, it is still a bit early to dust off the ice tools, but we did enjoy a fun scramble up Mt. Coleman. Blue skies, amazing views, and a good lungs-and-legs workout; I have had worse days out.

Mt. Amery (on the right) from the meadows of Sunset Pass.

Aurora on the north face of Mt. Amery looked nearly good to go.

Eamonn and J looking up the Alexandra River valley.

The summit ridge, over a vertical mile above the Parkway, did not feel very summer like.

J slogging toward the summit, with (from the left) Mts. Saskatchewan, Bryce, Kitchener, Stutfield, Alberta, Cromwell, Woolley and Diadem.

The Columbia Icefield framed between Mts. Columbia (on the left) and Andromeda.

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