Lake Louise

Greetings All.  Fortunately, we arrived home from our wilderness trip quite dry even though the forecast was rain.  Temperatures were low but autumn is close.  The closest we came to bears was seeing footprints on the trail, as this one shows a rather large front paw...likely a grizzly:

Lake Louise

We were thrilled to find a native sweat lodge at a remote campsite, with discarded moose antlers as evidence of hunting.  Originally the willows would be covered with skins and water poured on hot rocks to create steam, but today canvas would be used to cover the lodge:

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

In reply to my earlier post, Timerider shared a picture of the beautiful Lake O'Hara Lodge and TXNicholas asked for a picture of Lake Louise from above.  I have very interesting pictures of both but first must learn to convert from a PDF file to JPEG for the website.  Any help with this?

Looks like a great time!
08/28/2008 - 00:18
Re: Lake Louise
08/28/2008 - 03:17

Found Snagit software to do the job.  Here is Lake O'Hara in the morning sun:

And here we are in 2006 on the rock ledges above Lake Louise:

That is a great picture of Lake Louise, haven't been that
08/28/2008 - 03:29
high up in years. Were you wearing a V&C on the climb?! Thanks for the memory. Best, Tim
you guys are going to kiill me! Gorgeous is an understatement but
08/28/2008 - 11:51

where is Lake O'Hara?

breathtaking! you're lucky to live this close...
08/28/2008 - 12:31
to such beautiful and picturesque scenery...
Thanks for remembering my request. This is awesome scenery!
08/28/2008 - 17:29
As mentioned in an earlier post, I have been thinking about visiting the Banff-Lake Louise-Jasper area for 3-4 years.  The pictures in the guidebooks are spectacular.  Since you were hiking in the Lake Louise area, I guessed you might have a photo overlooking the lake. I noticed the mountaineers in the Lake Louise photos were geared for technical climbing.  Was that your group?  As for myself, I enjoy backpacking but leave the climbing for other folks.  I loved the photo of the bear paw print.  When I've hiked in bear country in Montana in the USA, I've attached a bell to my backpack to alert bears I'm in the area so there are no surprises.  Is that practiced where you hike? One of my siblings has a photo of my mother sitting on a patch of glacier around Lake Louise that dates back to the 1940's.  I'll see if I can borrow, scan & post it.  Thanks for sharing!    Nicholas
Answers for questions...
08/29/2008 - 00:17

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!

Words cannot describe just how beautiful the scenery is
08/28/2008 - 17:45
Thanks for sharing.
that Grizzly paw mark is really something!! (nt)
08/28/2008 - 11:50
OK, another summer vacation shot and then back to work! (nt)
08/29/2008 - 00:33

This one was taken from a boat on a very, very large lake, not too far from Jasper. Nice memories! Tim

Re: Lake Louise
08/29/2008 - 03:34
Absolutely a gorgeous and thrilling place to visit. Just love those pictures and scenery that reminds me of Colorado. While I see deer and elk, finding myself before a bear would be a first, lol. Thanks for sharing your outdoor experience with all of us here. Take more trips and show us your trails. Best wishes and regards, Matt
Really impressive!
08/29/2008 - 15:18
And you have awesome landscapes to escape: wonderful! Cheers