It has been a slow year for us, hiking-wise. Normally by this time of year, we would have hiked around 250 km and climbed over 9,000 m; we're only at 135 km and have climbed just 5,300 m. And we seem to do the same hikes over and over again -- not that that is an issue, because we keep repeating good hikes, mostly.
Like, for instance, Rummel Lake and Pass. We went up there on August 16th as I wrote about here -- then went back there on August 24th with the Sunshine Snowhosts.
|The gang crossing the cliff wall|
|Wandering in the meadow|
|Hanging at the lake|
|Hiding in plain sight|
|Munching in the meadow|
|Paying attention to us, while we watch them|
|A trophy sheep|
The next hike we did was to take our friend Monty up Spencer Creek on August 30th, when we had just been there on August 6th. There was less water in the waterfalls, more marmots running around, a pika, and the fall colours were already starting -- but otherwise it was just as much fun as last time.
|The reds and yellows have started|
|The bathtubs of the upper creek|
|Mt. Nestor over Spray Lakes|
|Two of the family of 4 marmots|
|A pika yells at me|
|Extraordinary red leaves|
|The col between Mt. Lougheed & Mt. Sparrowhawk|
|Monty gawks at the scenery|
|Mt. Nestor now in clouds|
|Those weird swirling clouds that only happen in the mountains|
We always seem to be going to the same places this summer. The grizzly project keeps getting us to the exact same bear camera sites, too. Karen has visited some sites three times, but has a number of sites she's never been too, and I'm the same way.
|Grizzly hair on a tree|
|Enough on this one to braid it|