September 29, 2010

Kahl Wall, Rainbows and the Deluge

Cool light on a cool cliff. Early morning on Yamnuska.

There are very few benefits to waking up early to go climbing in the rain. But witnessing yesterdays rainbow attack on the Bow Valley was worth the effort. Audrey H and I were hoping to climb The Fold on Mt. Kidd, but given the forecast, we opted for Kahl Wall (and the straightforward descent) on Yamnuska.

What was it that Huxley wrote about the effects of color and light on consciousness?

Audrey H strolling the Yamnuska approach.

Before the deluge.

Beginning of the deluge. Traversing from Kahl Wall to the rappels on Bringers of the Dawn.

Into the deluge.

Gorillas in the mist.

Rainbow Country.

September 25, 2010

A2 and Eisenhower Tower

Storm Mountain from Eisenhower Tower.

Spent the past two days between knee deep snow on the Icefields Parkway and warm stone on Castle Mountain. The Rockies have been getting DUMPED on this month and it feels like mid winter in the high mountains. Had the pleasure of climbing both days with Sheri B from Norway. We wanted to do a North Face Route on Athabasca but after swimming across the Boundary Glacier, we opted for something a little less conditions dependant.

The turtle that lives on the summit of A2

Descending from A2's mighty summit.

We forgot our skis :(

The following day on Eisenhower with a white Temple Mountain in the background.

Like a boss.

Cool colors in the Rockies.

Sheri about to Karate chop the limestone.

September 17, 2010

The Iron Horse

Last night marked the official end of celebrations for passing the ACMG Alpine Guide Exam. After dragging myself out of bed at noon for the tenth day straight, I've decided to try and re-establish some semblance of normalcy. The next three days of work at the Icefields Parkway should help with this. With over 50 cm's of fresh snow and temps that are not forecasted to crest freezing, I should be back to quality suffering in no time.

Since I've barely been out of the house since September 6th, I've resorted to posting some shots from earlier this summer. Back in high school, I used to be nuts for mountain biking. As climbing slowly took over my life, biking fell to the way side. Lately though, it seems that every climber from the Bow Valley to Squamish has dropped 5 grand on a piece of carbon fiber sporting a minimum 7 inches travel. I haven't purchased a new ride yet, but I have gotten stoked on the old habit. Here are some shots from riding in Jasper National Park a little while back.

Riding in the shadow of Mt. Athabasca, Mt. Andromeda and the Columbia Icefields. Contrary to what many people think, the Wilcox Pass Trail is open to mountain bikes.

The Wilcox Pass Trail was the coolest ride I did this summer.

Riding below Mt. Wilcox.

At the pass. Still rockin the hard tail from 2002.

Everywhere you turn, there it is.

Riding down to Highway 93 in the shadow of Mt. Kitchener and The Grand Central Couloir.

September 09, 2010

ACMG Alpine Exam 2010

Early morning on Main St, Canmore.

Well the ACMG Alpine Exam has been over for about three days and I am finally starting to feel human again. This is no doubt thanks to an exorbitant amount of sleep and alcohol. How did it go? I guess all I can say is that some days were good and some days were less good. Should be some time before we get the E-Bomb stating whether we are pathetic failures or pathetic passers. In the mean time, I aim to spend as little time in Soberville as possible.

This Exam was notable for many reasons. For me, it marked the first time in years that I went in to the hills without a camera. Luckily, Tim McAllister - a photographer and climber with a much greater skill set than myself - was up for the challenge of shooting under adverse conditions.

Not to be outdone, Josh Lavigne put the following video together from the 2010 ACMG Alpine Exam. Am I alone in thinking that his choice for the soundtrack came entirely from a Thursday night session at the OP in Squamish?

Josh Lavigne Video.

Day 1. Freezing my hands during a 14 hour day on Mt. Fay. Tim McAllister Photo.

Hey, is that a Clove or a Muenter? Day 2. Me and Tommy G heading up the Victoria Glacier. Timmy McAllister Photo.

Skills. Timmy McAllister Photo.

The nice weather in this photo should be a dead give away that it was not taken during the exam. Me and Tommy G on a Sir Donald training lap.

Early morning on the Trans Canada.