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.

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