We were roped for safety and glacier travel, with a few belays but not much technical climbing. This is a famous route on Mt Lefroy called the Fuhrmann Ledges, named after the local guide who first laid it out. The route begins at the Abbot Hut, which was built on a pass above Lake O'Hara in the 1920's by Swiss guides working at Lake Louise:
Alex, Lake O'Hara is in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, which is next to Banff park. It has both a commercial lodge and an Alpine Club cabin which are serviced by bus in the summer and ski in during winter. A little jewel of a place.
Bears and other predators are a common in the Rockies. Sadly, a woman jogging by our summer home near Banff was killed by a bear two years ago. A few years earlier, a woman skiing alone was killed by a cougar. This year I was driving down the highway towards Lake Louise and saw a traffic jam. Cars were pulling over to watch a very large grizzly eating road kill. At treeline was a smaller black bear pretending to browse the bushes but really waiting for leftovers. The scene was both amazing and amusing, but quickly became alarming when a woman with a video camera started walking across the highway towards the grizzly. I just got out of there.
But in reality, avalanches and accidents kill more people than anything else in the mountains. This year, my wife and I cycled upon a bear on a trail so we just turned around and left, but on that same trail last year a bear dragged a man off his bicycle and into the bushes. Others following behind found his helmet laying there and rescued him. The park I was in this week allows you to carry firearms but this year I talked the colonel into leaving his shotgun at home to save weight. Instead we had pepper spray, bear "bangers" (firecrackers), and made lots of noise. The colonel said after that it was much better without a gun because we were more respectful of the country and more responsible for our behavior. I agree!