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Columbia Icefield/Wilcox Pass Hike

User Image nrdri Posted: Dec 10, 2017 1:56 PM (UTC)
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Kou 's voor mietjes -14, met je sneeuw in Nederland pfffff.
#columbuaicefield #Knakworst
User Image isabellarivero Posted: Dec 7, 2017 6:15 PM (UTC)
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Just when I thought summer hiking was difficult 🏔
User Image pariss87 Posted: Dec 2, 2017 9:41 PM (UTC)
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Throwback to one of my favorite places to be 💎
Unfortunately bears were not quite in hibernation season at the time.
P.S. After 3 tries we found the right path and I️ didn’t cry during this hike.
#nikond7200 #lightroom5 #vsco #hikingwithfriends
A couple of years ago, my mum and I did a mother-daughter road trip to the Rockies for a week. It was only just three and a half months after my dad had died, and I thought it would be a great bonding experience for us, but it turned out to be kind of a disaster. It was just too soon for my mum to go away on this kind of trip, and there were probably too many memories of being in the Rockies with my dad, making it a sad reminder of his absence rather than an escape and distraction. Because we were changing locations almost every night (very bad idea in hindsight), it meant that we were spending big chunks of the day just getting to our next destination, so there was little time for me to do any hiking or outdoor activities. It was during this trip that I discovered the pairs of red Adirondack chairs that @parks.canada had introduced at various key sites. In a few of the spots we went to, my mum sat down in them and waited for me while I walked a bit further on or took tons of photos. We spent a couple of nights at the Glacier View Inn at the Icefields Discovery Centre, where I had hoped to be able to get out and do some hiking but apart from a short walk one afternoon/evening, that didn't happen.
This past summer during the three-week trip I spent in the Rockies from late July until mid-August, 2/3 of which was spent in Jasper NP, I was back in the Columbia Icefields area and finally got to do some real hiking there. This shot is from the viewpoint of the Wilcox Pass trail overlooking the Athabasca Glacier. I had planned on doing an out and back loop up to Wilcox Lake, but I couldn't find the turnoff to the lake and ended up continuing to Tangle Creek and out via Tangle Falls. Fortunately I met another group of people doing the same route; they'd left a vehicle at each end to shuttle back to the start and they offered to give me a lift back to my car. I'm preparing my plans for my trip back to the Rockies in a couple of weeks, and will definitely be passing through this area again, perhaps even stopping for some hiking and/or snowshoeing.
Sunset at Snow Dome Glacier, Icefields Parkway, Canada
User Image hikeyourfaceoff Posted: Nov 16, 2017 7:34 PM (UTC)
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After hiking up through rocky forest and sharing the trail with big horn sheep, one is greeted by this wonderful view of the Columbia Icefield from Wilcox Pass. The Athabasca glacier also says hello with its toe in center-right of frame. Once up above the tree line there is still no loss for life, making it a very memorable hike!

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User Image alliebyck Posted: Nov 14, 2017 3:12 PM (UTC)
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Back when my only worry was whether someone brought bear spray on the hike

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