Travels14 Sep 2009 11:19 am

hiking

Mike: “Hey, want to go camping next week?”
Me: “Sure, weather looks good. Let’s try to keep it easy though, it’s been a while.”
Mike: “Of course.”

And so began our adventure.

As I have mentioned before, Yoho is about six hours drive from Edmonton. It’s a beautiful park, and home to the famous Burgess Shale fossil deposit. There are glaciers, waterfalls, abundant wildlife and stunning mountain ranges. It was a great place to get back into hiking.

Things were a bit chilly at night, but it only rained one day (a wonderful surprise!!) and there was no snow. We made our base camp at Yoho Lake campground, and did two day hikes. One to the valley where Emerald Lake sits, and the other along the Iceline trail. We had planned to do a trail called Whaleback as well, but a late start and my sore feet nixed that. Probably a good decision, actually.

The Iceline is a challenging hike, but I found it incredibly rewarding. I got to see the Emerald glacier up close and personal, passed by many glacial lakes, waterfalls, gorgeous meadows and forest, and we covered many vertical feet. A ten hour day saw us hike 27 kilometres in total. A few days later, I still have some sore spots!

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Trailhead sign. It was 4 kilometres on an uphill trail to basecamp our first day.

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Setting up our little house.

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Snack time!

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A Gray Jay as a dining companion.

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Emerald Lake.

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Checking out the map on a break.

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Next time, Burgess Shale, next time. (You can only enter with a guide.)

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Dehydrated zucchini “lasagne” for dinner one night. (more like soup!)

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So cold at night! I wore gloves, long underwear, pants, two tops and two jackets as well as a toque to sleep.

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Mount Wapta was veiled in clouds and rain when we went to bed…

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Magically sunny and warm the next fair morn!

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So amazing to watch Yoho Lake steam in the morning. A moose came by for a very quick dip, but then took off. I was SO excited!

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Oatmeal for breakfast.

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Just getting above the tree line.

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Below the the Emerald Glacier on the President’s range. I was SO in love with this area. Geology come to life! There were striations of the receding glacier on the limestone rocks, and running glacier fresh water all over. Across the valley, you can see the Daly Glacier as well, feeding Takakkaw Falls.

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Trail mix for a snack.

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One of the highest points of the trail, up almost 700 metres. (on a somewhat related note: why do I always raise one of my feet like a pony in shots like these?)

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The sun setting over the valley.

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From the parking lot below. We were just below that top peak in the back!

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The most satisfying moment of finishing a hike: taking your boots and pack off.

You can read more about the Yoho Iceline loop here.

4 Responses to “Yoho National Park + Iceline Trail”

  1. on 15 Sep 2009 at 7:19 am H.Peter

    I very much dislike camping. And anything that goes with it.

  2. on 15 Sep 2009 at 10:44 am Amy

    Great pics, Kel! Looks like an amazing time. I’m so glad you guys didn’t freeze your nuts off.

  3. on 18 Sep 2009 at 3:54 pm Sausage Defender

    H. Peter,

    Do you even hate sausage? It’s the best camping food. I think I’ll have one now actually.

  4. on 18 Sep 2009 at 8:09 pm kristy

    the pics are of your camping trip are cool 🙂

    i netted something like 888 pesty fruitflies today with your trapper method! thx. 🙂