Thursday, September 15, 2011

Another Long Weekend

David and I decided to sneak in an extra long weekend and took off to Mount Robson Provincial Park for five days of hiking into Berg Lake.

When we pulled into the parking lot there was not a cloud in the sky so I had Dave quickly take a photo convinced that it was going to cloud over any second. Mount Robson is notoriously cloudy - they actually keep count of how many days out of the year you can see the peak.

Mount Robson from the Visitor Centre

I guess we didn't need to panic because the skies stayed clear for the rest of our trip. With temperatures nearing 30 C, we were actually wishing for some clouds by the end.

The first day we hiked 16 km into the Emperor Falls campground. On the second day we rose early to hike the final 5 km to Berg Lake in order to avoid a marathon race taking place on the trail... Crazy to think that the same 21 km trail that took us 7 hours to hike, someone was able to run in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Kinney Lake

Suspension Bridge at Whitehorn

View of Mount Robson from our tent at Emperor Falls

Once we reached Berg Lake, we quickly set up camp and then proceeded to head up to Adolphus Lake, Mumm Basin and Hargraeves Glacier.

Mount Robson and Berg Lake from Hargraeves

Dave bouldering

The highlight of camping at Berg Lake - watching the Berg Glacier calve ice bergs.


Icebergs in Berg Lake

Hargreaves Cabin at Berg Lake

The next day we headed out for another measly 22 km hike up to Snowbird Pass to enjoy the views of the Robson Glacier and the Reef Icefield.

Robson Glacier

Snowbird Pass

Reef Icefield
Dave enjoying the view from Snowbird Pass

The forth day we hiked up Toboggan Falls to explore the caves in the meadow above and then ventured up the ridge above Hargreaves Glacier.

Brian above Hargreaves Glacier

It is funny how we have come to consider hiking 85 km "relaxing"...

At least this was a good warm up for the 300 km we will be hiking on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Although the summit of Mount Robson is at 3954 m and the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit, Thorung La Pass, is at 5416 m. It is crazy to think that we will be hiking almost 1500 m higher than the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.


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