Saturday, 27 October 2012

10th August 12 Eiffel Peak near Moraine Lake

This was a rather nice scramble to the top of a mountain with great views- between Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. 
Moraine Lake in the morning as we set off. One of the most photographed lakes in Canada I guess!!

The hike up was in hot sunshine but it clouded over a bit near the summit. Here we are looking out to the valley of the ten peaks.

A pair of ravens kept a good eye on us- no doubt to see if we would leave any food out!

 Brian looking over to Temple Mountain and Sentinal Pass
 The 'scramble' to the top just involved clambering over some loose rock- there's lots of it in the Rockies! Here is martina on the summit, Temple in the background with some fresh snow on the summit. we climbed this one ten years ago in 2002.

The 'Eiffel tower' itself and over to Paradise Valley and Mt Aberdeen. It's grand up there.

 Brian standing on a sub summit of Eiffel peak and down to the valley of the ten peaks.

 Martina on the way down and the beautifuly coloured Moraine Lake in the distance

You tube video's from Canada

We created a couple of videos on youtube from our canadian travels.....

Sunday, 14 October 2012

9th August 12 'Middle Sister' hike near Canmore, Alberta

View Larger MapAfter flying into Calgary from Scotland, we camped near the town of Canmore south of the main Rockies National Parks. Prominant to the south of Canmore were the three sisters- rocky peaks. We decided to hike up the Middle Sister for our first 'warm up' day to get rid of jet lag....

Middle Sister just popping out in the backgound centre. This lake just above Canmore was a lovely swimming spot- our first of many!

We followed trails through the forest but at times found it easiest to climb up the river gulley....

Once above the trees the views opened out to the distinctive Canadian 'front ranges' with their banded sedimentary rock layers.

Quite a dry arid landscape on the east side of the Rockies.

Looking down to Canmore and the Bow Valley

Looking east back towards Calgary.

A rather unusual approach along the manicured grass of the local golf course!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

First post

This is a test post to check out that the blog works ok. Next up is going to be some posts from our Canadian Rockies hikes in the summer of 2012....