Alex is the owner of a Swiss Mountaineer company and wanted to scope the Rockies for future winter tours.
Hike on Ha Ling bumping into ERTC Trevor Sorenson on our way down
Drove out on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93). Many tourists were out, I was now one of them!
Put on the Kahtoolas and ventured onto the Columbia Icefields
With my new exposure to skimo, I was now enticed to come back to explore places I had only heard about to... Parker Ridge, Bow Glacier, Crowfoot Glacier...
Drove out Moraine Lake road, a first for me, as I've only x-c skied 9 km in. I was wowed by the mountain views.
Scoped Fairview trail until halted by boggy waters. Checked out the Hotel and Lake.
Tour of Banff area starting with a rainy hike/run at the top of Norquay. The rains had begun today. Did the basic touristy things... Farmer's Market, main street walk about, museum scope, Tunnel Mtn drive...
I was mistaken that the completed renos of Cave & Basin meant the hotspring was open! Yah, we found out otherwise when we arrived with swimsuits, though took the wicked tour of the hotspring origins. Did dip into the Upper Springs.
Day 4 - Thursday Flood Day
Constant rain since previous night. Socked in clouds. Alex and I were determined to head out to K-country no matter what. We had an action-packed day planned.
Miles, our host, was to leave for a westcoast fishing trip early that morning. We heard him return to the house mumbling "creek overflowing" and "road out".
|normally a trickle of a creek|
|Alex holding a local's umbrella so they could take flood photos!|
Massive amount of flowing water in the ditches. I was concerned. A small rise of a hill prevented any flood waters from affecting the spring. It looked same as usual.
|what to do when it floods - jam and sing!|
Still raining constant. With all the road closures, now wondering how to get Alex to Calgary for his return flight home.
Later that afternoon, Alex and I rode our mtnbikes to Three Sisters Parkway to assess. Took the bike path which funnelled onto Hwy 1.
|Picnic table on submerged island covered by water 12 hours later|
Early next morning, parked at 3 Sisters Parkway Exit. Rode onto the highway carrying over 70 lbs of gear. Happy to have a tailwind.
Returning to 3 Sisters Parkway, I asked the traffic control guy when I could leave by car. He glared at me for coming from the closed highway, and said "get in line now". I managed to squeak in one of the first caravans of vehicles - Timing! and thanks to that little voice at 4:30 a.m.!