About the pics:
All were shot with my Canon XSi and a nifty-fifty 1.8 el-cheapo lens. PP = some Levels adjusting and some sharpening.
About the trip:
A few weeks ago some friends and I went camping. Our original plan was quashed by weather, and we ended up missing our original goal. So, we decided to go back yesterday and do what we had missed as a single day trip instead of a 3 day trip.
We did Northover Ridge in Peterlougheed Provincial Park in Alberta Canada. The entire trip we did yesterday was 35k. It took us almost 13 hours, with plenty of breaks for food and photography. It was spectactular, despite the snow/sleet storm that hit us as we were on Northover ridge itself.
The ridge, by the way, is no wider than half a meter for a good stretch. Very disconcerting trying to walk along that in 80kph winds and sleet stinging your face.
Anyway, my Vector was handy on a couple of occasions. First, the dropping barometer told us to be on the look-out for changing weather (which it did!). Second, the calibrated altimeter along with the topo map helped us choose the right path to get to the ridge and helped us avoid a long and potentially dangerous scramble to nowhere good.
Sadly, I forgot to take any wrist shots of my Vector, but here's some nice scenery to compensate. Enjoy!
This is looking back from whence we came at Upper Kananaskis Lake.
This is out of focus, but it's some sea-life fossils (2200m above sea level):
skipping some of the trip, this is us finally heading up to Northover ridge (almost):
These are the Northover tarns (a small mountain lake) as seen from the path approaching the ridge proper. British Columbia is in the background (we started in Alberta; the park straddles both provinces). Yes, that's snow!
This is looking back along the ridge at Mount Joffre (with the snow) and Warrior Mountain:
This is the Northover glacier (I believe).
This is Mount Northover itself. Climable, but we didn't have the time (or energy):
This is a shot of the ridge line itself. You can see in the distance how narrow the ridge starts to get:
As we neared the end, a storm was seen to be coming our way. Here's my friend Jim contemplating it and wondering if we could escape the ridge before it struck:
Behind us, and the storm, was Three Isle Lake, our destination after descending the ridge. We didn't quite escape the storm, but made it off the ridge before it could blow us off:
Another shot of Three Isle and the mountains in the background. Three Isle itself is several hundred meters above our starting point. In all we climbed well over 1km of vertical (not including all the ups and downs along the way).
Thanks for looking, and I hope I didn't destroy any modems.