2016.01.25 | Ross Lake (snowshoe) | 1743max | 6.8 km | 226m gain
During our outing to Banff Film Festival World tour Peter worked on me to take Monday off and go snowshoeing. I rearranged some things Sunday evening and we met up for a trip to Lake Louise area Monday morning. First, a stop at Wilson’s in Lake Louise so Peter could preen in front of the mirror in various new jackets he had in mind. Dangerous business, hanging out around all that quality gear.
The snowshoe route we settled on was from the Lake O’Hara parking area along the "Great Divide Hwy" (groomed ski trail in winter) back east-ish a short ways then a spur to Ross Lake for lunch. Then the guts of the trip – off trail back to the trail-head through deep fresh powder. This is the kind of snowshoe trip Peter prefers. It was fun, but a lot of work. I am not as ‘floaty’ as Peter so I work a little harder for forward progress (I am fatter and have smaller ‘shoes’). What would normally be quite inconsequential ravines become tactical obstacles and I spend more than a few minutes mired in the deep snow with seemingly no bottom on a few occasions. It was the best part of the day though, and the fresh air did me good!
© Clayton Ditzler