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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Dressing for this weather is much simpler than the damp cold in Ottawa and similar locales. Basically, with the right mix of performance clothing the cold stays outside; it just doesn't get into your bones. Also, there was no wind today. Wind makes such a ridge walk a whole different sort of experience. When we started the hike today it was probably around -18C or so. It felt fine and there was some de-layering needed on the uphill portion.
Our high point today was 1,507 m. We climbed 400 m from Fish Lake Road to the top of the ridge, according to my inReach. As Whitehorse is around 700 m, it doesn't conjure quite this wintry feeling, yet.
The scenery is crazy gorgeous. I mean it is stunning in the summer here but mind-blowing now. Check out today's Fish Lake hike up on to the ridge.
|The view across Fish Lake from the ridge.|
|Walking along the ridge.|
|This Yukon dog really didn't appreciate standing still on|
the snow. Do check out the backdrop!
|The human hiking pals, some I met a few months ago, some today.|
That is how it rolls.
|Short breaks make for happy hikers.|
|Snow covered trees in the sunlight.|
|The Ridge. We are just above the treeline here.|
Monday, November 9, 2015
Read the full story and see more great pics here.
This is my third ACC Gazette article in the last few years. The other two are:
The Summer issue in 2014 detailing a trip to Bolivia's remote parts of the Cordillera Real and doing a first female ascent to Pico Aguila at about 5,500m.
The Winter issue in 2012 detailing one week of a 3 months Andean adventure focused on the stunning Cochamo valley in the Chilean Lake District in Northern Patagonia.
It's fun to spend this kind of time in some amazing mountains on this Earth of ours.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
It was a perfect evening.
|My ride with my ride - thanks to Up North Adventures for the kayak.|
|Reflections. Evening Light on Grey Mountain.|
|Solitude and silence.|
|That's me on Chadburn Lake. Thanks for this cool photo! (by Kalin Pallett)|
|Light and dark as the sun begins to set.|
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
|Today's GPS tracking points.|
|View of Whitehorse from one of the most northern ridges.|
Starting on the north side we had to climb about 200 m more in terms of elevation. That was well worth the effort: we ascended the ridge one intermediate summit after another, offering exquisite views and culminating in the highest summit on the south end.
One challenge was finding the up-track once the trail faded amongst the brush and many fallen trees. We were happy that Jeanne had loaded up a GPS track, so we could avoid backtracking as we meandered uphill. The bushwhacking and trail-finding was made more challenging by early season snow.
|The view of the south summit of Grey Mountain.|
We also got a fine view of the still snow-clad Mount Lorne.
Despite some threatening clouds we only got minimal rain on our final, steep descent on Money Shot. (To be sure, this seems to be typical sandbagging kind of name for a mountain bike trail.)
|Wendy and Jeanne head toward the south summit of Grey Mountain.|
In total, we ascended just over 700 m; a perfectly reasonable effort.
|This image doesn't do the fall colours justice. The yellows really popped|
among the grey rocks and evergreens.
|Hard to capture the mood of this moment with a smart phone camera. |
Alas, it is what I got :) (with Yukon River)
Sunday, September 6, 2015
|Our out and back track on the south side of Mount Lorne|
|Mount Lorne range viewed from the south.|
|Beautiful fall colours.|
We had fantastic views to Marsh Lake and the full panorama of these mountains. It was a beautiful hiking day.
Friday, September 4, 2015
|Looking for specimens |
in the marsh.
|Gorgeous view from the bluffs |
above McIntyre Creek
Bonus: this creek is mere minutes from my house in Takhini North.
|We saw many ducks and ravens along the creek. Environments|
like this give true meaning to Whitehorse's moniker as
The Wilderness City.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
|My Delorme in Reach tracking map for the Donjek Glacier. Square images mark start and end points on the Alaska Highway as well as our six camp sites during the trek.|
We were the first ones on the Donjek route this year. When we registered at the Parks Canada visitor centre the warden was skeptical of our ambition to hike it in 7 days, as the normal time is between 8 and 10 days. Yet, permits in hand and undaunted we set out a little while later from the Alaska highway turnoff at the Duke River, just a few miles past Burwash Landing.
Day 1 - Burwash Uplands
|Camp 1 in Burwash Uplands. (Click on pics to enlarge)|
Day 2 - Hoge Pass to Donjek River
|Max starts down the scree.|
When we got to Hoge Creek we found that water levels were lower than many others had warned us about. We crossed the creek only five (5) times and could rock hop, rather than ford it.
|Max and the glacier.|
|Camp 3 - overlooking the glacier (Photo by Max)|
Day 5 - Bighorn Creek Canyon to Atlas Pass to Duke River
|Afternoon crossing of a very big Bighorn Creek. Way back,|
that is Max stacking his stuff to come and cross with me.
|Circling with the grizzly bears; they are in the background |
at the edge of the plateau to the right of me. (Photo by Max)
|Nearing Atlas Pass (Photo by Max)|
|Lunch at Atlas Pass enjoying stupendous views. (Photo by Max)|
|Heading up on Atlas Pass to get to scree entry. (Photo by Max)|
|Me on that last bit of vertical scree. |
The key: just keep on moving fast!
(Photo by Max)
|Duke River vistas. (Photo by Max)|