2016 Photo Blog
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A frazzled Pete on a hot day on Nihahi
Ridge, Kananaskis Country. Too hot for Pete, so we turned around after
about 1,500 feet of elevation gain and a round trip of about 10 KM. Ruby
is convalescing at home after cruciate surgery but might be re-joining
Pete on hikes in later August.
Pete early on
climbing got steep
false summit in the distance. Still 1,000 feet of altitude gain to the
view of the Elbow Valley below . . . .
reward at the bottom . . . . a cooling swim in the Little Elbow.
day for lake running . . . .
Walking through the tall grass prairie
day for Pete . . . . .
tries to clear some food stuck in his back teeth after lunch . . . . or
he's howling at the forbidding wilderness. Whichever story you want to
believe . . .
for a swim on the Sheep River
in a tree . . .
Pete climbs up to the Moose Mountain
Fire Watch Station. We should have been watching that approaching storm
summit . . . . heading to the fire watch station in the distance
climbing for Pete
Rodent at the top with a great view . . . . a Marmot
down . . . . . starting to rain and then hail.
iconic filming spot on Moose Mountain for the movie "Brokeback Mountain."
explores the Highwood Pass, Ptarmigan Cirque and Grizzly Col in early July
was worried about Pete's feet on this scree so we turned around here.
Hikers continue higher, above the snowy patch. We're at about 9,000 feet
Pete and the snows of July
are very nice to roll in . . .
Ptarmigan Cirque, heading higher to Grizzly Col
Enjoying a cool spring
local rodent . . . . a resident Marmot
Highwood Pass below . . . . our starting point
walk through the forbidding forest with Pete
Cautious Pete on a lakeshore walk
to the wind!!!
running free . . . .
exploring the Sheep River out west
the Sheep River
near Pete's prairie home
While his sister-in-life Ruby
continued to recover from cruciate surgery at home, Pete stepped out to
enjoy a snow break on the way up Gunnery Creek, then over to Grass Pass.
About 11.5 KM round trip with a net elevation gain of 1,900 feet.
Lotsa snow in the shadow of the
Another climb . . . . . Pete crests a mucky Grass Pass and looks over
the other side
Pete enjoys chasing rodents on top
of Grass Pass
Springtime in the Rockies
On the way home, some random woman
came galloping through the picture
Pete is going up to the top of the
Hailstone Butte ridge
Pete's view during a snowy break on
Pete on the ridge top
Hailstone Butte fire watch station
is on the peak in the distance. The same gentleman has been occupying it
for 26 years.
A fine view at Hailstone Butte fire
watch station. Our exit was straight over the picnic table
Pete on the way lower
takes an early Spring walk in Death Valley
Spring at home
Pete on the
way up to Raspberry Ridge Fire Watch Station
The last two kilometres were very steep
Pete crests the summit and looks
over the other side
Walking along the top of Raspberry
Banff is over thataway
takes a snow break with the fire watch station in the distance
Pete's big world
Pete explores the shore of Rawlings Lake, about 1,000 feet above Upper
Kananaskis Lake. The snow was deep this day, Rick sinking up to his crotch
a few times.
Pete lounges at Upper Kananaskis Lake
Pete, west of Bragg Creek. Two miles and 1,200 feet on a climb
stayed off the bike path so we didn't get mowed down by downhill riders
on Indian Graves Ridge, west of Chain Lakes
An old bench, barely hanging on.
visits Chester Lake, Kananaskis Country
the prowl . . . . . Buller Pass off in the distance behind him
snow is about five or six feet deep
a pristine alpine lake right here . . . . but buried under snow and ice
and unrecognizable at this time of year
takes a short, vet-authorized walk out west to test out her cruciate
repair. It didn't go well. I cut it short. But she's doing well now.
a walk along an old forestry road
finds a murder scene. A delectable deer innard in front of him, a corpse
up ahead on the right and giant splotches of blood for half a kilometre in
either direction. Maybe a cougar kill. As the body part in front of us
wasn't what you'd normally find in the bush, Rick had his bear spray in
hand, thumb over the trigger, as we walked through this scene - didn't
know if the corpse owner was still around and protective of their food
Pussy willows in March
juvenile moose follows momma over a fence
driving near Pete & Ruby's home
visits the Whaleback in southwestern Alberta
the shore of Chain Lakes
goes for a swim . . . . the ice was still thick a little off shore
little east of Longview
flying on Strawberry Trail, Kananaskis Country
towards Mt. Armstrong
crossing rivers in the winter - you never know what's going on underneath
on an icey, foggy morning
a walk at Lake Minnewanka, near Banff
takes a break where a forest fire had roared through
on the lake
the move . . . . near Pete & Ruby's place
Pete and Ruby's home
troops trooping home on a bitterly cold morning . . . . about minus 17
Pete helps Carol shovel!!!
Ruby, out hiking a few days before her operation to repair her
cruciate. Last walk for about six months
Early morning sunrise near Okotoks
the Whaleback with Pete and Ruby on a bitter morning. About minus 15
Celcius and into a stiff wind but nice when we got back
see Chief Mountain in Montana from here
Pete walks the shore of Barrier Lake under a low, winter sun
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