Finding our Rhythm

Sunrise along the Icefields Parkway

Brad and I are hitting a groove after a somewhat tentative start with marginal weather and an unfamiliarity with the complexities of the range. As things were warm and not yet in condition in the Banff and Canmore area, we headed north to the higher elevations of the Columbia Icefields and Jasper. The past few days have been chock full of good climbing. We typically get up well before the sunrise, climb for most of the day, and scout around before the early northern darkness sets in. Yesterday, we got quite a bit of climbing in at the world famous Weeping Wall.

Running some laps on the Weeping Wall

 

In the afternoon, we made a quick run up Tangle Creek, which was a fun lead for me.

Nearing the top of Tangle Creek during a heavy snowstorm

On the drive to Jasper, we saw a huge black wolf along the road, most likely following the caribou migration to Mount Edith Cavell near Jasper. This morning, we climbed the fun and classic Melt Out. Despite super cold early temperatures, we were pleasantly greeted with the first sun and blue sky we’ve seen in days as we climbed the upper pitches.

Leading the second pitch of Melt Out

Tomorrow, we’ll head back south towards Canmore for our last few days of the trip.

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