2 days earlier, Canmore was greeted to our first taste of some real snow, and I was a bit concerned that despite rapidly warming temperatures, there would still be a lot of the white stuff lingering up high.
I wasn't wrong.
The initial trails up to Three Isle Lake were an absolute delight, but I was soon greeted to what looked more like a Scottish winter corrie, than one of the best 'trail runs anywhere' !
I saw what looked like fresh tracks up to the col, and was amazed to discover that I was following 3 sets of fresh bear prints, with fresh bear scat. The bears were better equipped than I was though, as I was forced to turn back a few hundred metres along the ridge. There was a sizeable cornice, and thigh deep snow meant pretty sketchy conditions.
I was exactly half way. The run back was a blast, but there is some unfinished business here.
|Three Isle Lake|
|Looking back towards Three Isle Lake & the Haig Glacier area|
|Early season cornice on Northover Ridge|
|Looking back at my trails, and the bear tracks coming up to the col|
|Relieved to be off the ridge in one piece!|
|Upper Kananaskis lake|