After hiking out of the Bugaboos and driving north to Golden, Chris and I wandered up and down it’s side streets looking for a wifi connection to figure out where the sun was hiding. Both of us really wanted to spent some time in Roger’s Pass to climb the iconic northwest ridge of Mount Sir Donald, but the weather forecast didn’t look good enough. I’m not a fan of spending time hanging out in the high alpine in a whiteout, although some of my previous trip reports might suggest otherwise. The weather looked good enough at Lake Louise, only a few hours away to the east. So off we went, tired from the hike out of the Bugaboos, refuelled with vegetables and drove out of Golden to the nearest rest stop for a few hours of sleep underneath a lamppost with a “no overnight stay” sign.
Aug 10, 2011
We woke up early the next morning (a common theme of the trip), and finished the rest of the drive into Alberta and into Lake Louise. We spent the morning vegetating at the hostel. Eventually I got restless and insisted that we try to climb a few routes at the Back of the Lake before the afternoon thunderstorms arrived. I think I was ten years old when I last visited this area with my parents on a summer road trip. Little did I know that mountains could be climbed and that an incredibly fun area of climbing was only a half an hour walk away. We weaved through the endless numbers of tourist enjoying the scenery of the lake and arrived at one of several quartzite cliffs at the far side of the lake. Unfortunately my tips were still crack and bleeding, limiting our choices for routes. We climbed a few routes at Trailside and Blob Rock, on immaculate steep quartzite before retreating just in time as the afternoon thunderstorms arrived.
A view down Lake Louise. We climbed at the crags back there. The east face of Mount Victoria looms above.
Climber descending on the Air Voyage wall. Aug 11, 2011 Chris running up the Plain of Six Glaciers trail. I could overhear some tourists wondering if Chris could carry them back to the Chateau. Note the white sticker on Chris’s brand new sunglasses. Very stylish.
Completing the Rockies experience with afternoon tea at the Lake Anges Teahouse. Mount Whyte is the peak in the background.
A very plump chipmunk.
Looking back down at Lake Louise.
A final sugar boost before finishing the run back to the hostel. Aug 12, 2011 Less than an hour into the approach. This is the Canadian Rockies. I could get used to this, if only the peaks weren’t so grey and brown. This trail is also the approach for the standard scrambling route up Mount Temple. Cardiac Arete and Mount Temple. There are a few other quartzite towers in the area too.