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Icy art

Temperature in Canadian Banff, where I usually am at this time of year, is between a high of minus 20 and 25 in the afternoon.  Not quite so cold in the UK despite dramatic and completely unfounded headlines in some … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: snow, ice and steam

Again, first the festive stuff:  A belated New Year to all. I’ve been doing more trekking than usual thanks to a bug which I picked up on the flight and which kept me hotel-bound for a while.  However, unable to … Continue reading

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Christmas in the Canadian Rockies

First, lets do the festive stuff:  Happy Christmas to all. Climate change is having weird effects.  There is no doubt that this is real winter but not as icy or snowy as in the previous eight years. In 2010 temperatures … Continue reading

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Banff, Canadian Rockies: last trek, early bath

The shoulder injury I wrote about in my last blog post did not respond to treatment anywhere near as quickly as hoped so regrettably I went for the early bath and flew home.  I guess the body heals more slowly … Continue reading

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Banff, Canadian Rockies: a walk on the lake

On one of my days-off from skiing I fastened snowshoes on my pack and headed out northwards from Banff along the Bow River, then along its tributary Echo Creek, crossed the Trans Canada Railway at the point where a Canadian … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: walking slightly nervously on the wild side.

Almost at the end of my stay in Canada, on the last of my days off from skiing, I set out to trek along the Bow River to the Hoodoos, thin pinnacles eroded in soft sedimentary rock. It was 4 … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: Climate change

I haven’t been coming to the Canadian Rockies long enough to know what the norm is in terms of weather.  So this is a snapshot looking back 5 years. In the UK we have ‘weather’, pressure systems blown in in … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: to the top of Sulphur Mountain

During the last 10 days or so of my stay in the Canadian Rockies I decided to concentrate my efforts on trying to improve my skiing.  With fresh falls of snow the conditions changed from the ‘hard-pack’ with which I … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: icy river, twitching senses

Apropos nothing in particular, but just a piece of trivia, geographical nomenclature, which weevilled its way into my brain,  I don’t know why it is that in the UK the convention for naming rivers is to call them “River Something” … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: the icy expanse of Vermilion Lakes

Come Saturday and after 5 days of skiing, thigh muscles starting to rebel,  I was ready for a break.  So after an annual ritual of a large celebratory Melissa’s Breakfast with my daughter and her husband and waving them goodbye … Continue reading

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