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#1 of 2 Old 08-21-2011, 09:55 PM - Thead Starter
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Short on words tonight.  We had an absolute blast.  Managed to do it all within myself, although the hike up to Turbine Canyon yesterday was at my limit.  Today we boogied and made great time despite an encounter with a bear.

 

We set out at about 5:40 and made noise all the way in to the campsite at 8:00 pm.  The only scary part was a mile long descent from the scree slopes to the valley, all lined with berries.  It's there that we encountered the bear on the way out today.  It was clear today that the berries had been foraged.  We made lots of noise and heard it passing through the brush on the slope above us but couldn't see it.  Bit spooky, especially when we knew it was a bear due to the scat on the trail.  Our one fear was that it would block our progress forward - as there is no other way out at that point.  All went well though.

 

Forks was a gorgeous campsite on the Kananaskis River.  From there we had an option of climbing or climbing, one to Three Isle lake and South Kananaskis Pass, the other a far longer slog (and more of a climb) up to Turbine Canyon, the Hague glacier and North Kananaskis Pass.  We chose the latter.  Gorgeous scenery, and we were (mostly) alone.

 

We had met up with some great people at the campground and had a fun evening yesterday, all of us were a bit disappointed that the weekend was over so soon.


Up very early - grabbed some frigid river water and washed up.  COOOOLD!  Had a quick breakfast and made a hasty retreat.  It was hot today and the forecast had us thinking that we wanted to be back before noon.  Apart from the bear event, it was gorgeous.

 

I love these mountains, there's just so much to explore, I know that even were I to go out every weekend I still wouldn't see it in 20 years.


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Someone has the route all plotted out with the elevation gains and everything.  When I say "UP" I mean "UP"! 

 

In terms of health I was good.  Surprisingly good.  The shoulder gave me no problems at all, really, and I had no issues with carrying the pack.  In fact on the way out we passed people my age and beat them to the end of the trail by at least 20 minutes despite their having a 10 minute head start...  The climb (without the backpack but with me carrying the day pack up) was tiring.  I didn't have any circulation problems and just experienced a bit of fatigue, but I could attribute that to just being out of shape and perhaps a titch of the altitude.

 

The oby rode in with me this morning and he's a sleepy head today, so I guess I can say that my sleepiness isn't an aberration!

 

Great time.  And made even better by taking the missus out to supper at our favourite pub for a chance to compare camping stories and not have to cook!


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