Healy Pass (mostly)

Before all the snow started coming in Alberta this weekend, we went out near Sunshine Village ski resort yesterday and headed up to Healy Pass. We got ‘mostly’ to the pass before the snow was getting too deep and we were post-holing it on most steps so we decided to turn around just a few hundred metres from the top. We only had our microspikes and not our snowshoes since it would be easier to run back down. It was cloudy most of the day anyways so it was hard to see the mountains in the distance anyways. Still an 18 km day in the mountains with over 600 m of elevation! 20 cm of snow on the way for the mountains today so we were lucky to get this day in.

Healy Creek at lower elevations.

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Healy Creek as we move higher up.

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Amanda thinking the snow is getting deep as we head up towards the pass.

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Amanda running down in knee-deep snow!

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Thankful for the microspikes, but could have used the snowshoes up top.

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Total distance: 18280 m
Total climbing: 831 m
Total descent: -832 m
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Bourgeau Lake

Last Sunday we headed up to Bourgeau Lake again. We’ve done this trip a few times now and really enjoy it each time. It’s a fairly gradual climb up to the lake and then a nice quick run back down for 15 km total. There was too much snow to go up to Harvey Pass this time. It was also getting dark quite early as the sun was tucked behind Mount Bourgeau at only 1:30 pm after the time change. We got new microspikes this year and put them to good use as there was quite a bit of snow on the trail just a few kilometres into the climb. Scenery was stunning as always!

Sun burning off the clouds.

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Amanda in action watching her steps.

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Heading towards the lake.

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Bourgeau Lake.

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Forgot to take a selfie at the lake but remembered part way down.

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Total distance: 15439 m
Total climbing: 1130 m
Total descent: -1130 m
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Grizzly Ultra 50 km

For the second year in a row, I ran the Grizzly Ultra 50 km yesterday at the Canmore Nordic Centre. It wasn’t pretty, but I finished it again which is all that really matters. My legs are feeling alright today considering what they went through yesterday. Big thanks to Amanda for cheering me on after each leg of the race and keeping me going! (She also had a good run leading off with a 14 km leg for her team.)

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Total distance: 51663 m
Total climbing: 1779 m
Total descent: -1772 m
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Almost Northover

On Saturday, I headed out into Kananaskis with some friends. Our goal was to complete the Northover Traverse loop in a single day. Total distance is approximately 36 km with almost 2000 m of total elevation gain. At the halfway point, there is a ridge for a few kilometres which is supposed to be outstanding on a clear day.

Unfortunately, after running and power hiking for 17 km, the wind was picking up and clouds were getting pretty low making visibility difficult. There was also some snow from the night before making footing a bit difficult at times as well. Although we were very close to the ridge, as a group we came to the decision that it would be an ‘Almost Northover Day’. Mother Nature won this time as we turned around and had to head back the way we came instead of completing the loop. It was the right decision as the clouds just kept getting lower for the rest of the day. We all got back down safely which is the most important part. We’ll be back next year!

View over Hidden Lake.

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Approaching Aster Lake.

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Aster Lake.

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Towards the ridge.

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Just after turning around.

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Total distance: 34881 m
Total climbing: 2186 m
Total descent: -2172 m
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Powderface Loop

We ran the Powderface Loop today just outside of Bragg Creek. Pretty foggy at the top so no great views of the mountains. Still a great 25 km loop.

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Total distance: 25949 m
Total climbing: 1112 m
Total descent: -1136 m
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Bourgeau Lake and Harvey Pass

Here are a few more pictures from our run up to Bourgeau Lake and Harvey Pass yesterday. Just over 20 km and over 1000 m of elevation gain.

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Total distance: 19846 m
Total climbing: 1285 m
Total descent: -1285 m
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Snowshoeing to Chester Lake

Amanda and I headed up to Chester Lake today to do some snowshoeing. We have had really cold weather lately but today was right around the freezing mark in Kananaskis making for a great day. Round trip took us about 3 hours including a snack at the top and some exploring around the Elephant Rocks.

Pictures from the day as well as a map of our journey are posted below.
Click on any of the pictures for full size.

Total distance: 8506 m
Total climbing: 400 m
Total descent: -402 m
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