It is the start of day 1 of our hike from Field BC to Jasper AB. A few years ago, we walked from the US border at Waterton NP to Field, BC. We will be following the Great Divide Trail which runs from the US border to Kakwa PP, a total of 1198.4 kms. You are never more than 1 km from the continental divide which is the height of land where water that flows off the west slopes(more or less) goes to the Pacific and the water flowing off the east side, the Atlantic.We have prepared a bunch of dehydrated meals for the hike and expect to have decent meals throughout. Weather has been poor so far, here's hoping that we get warmer and dryer conditions.
Crosscheck and Ruudie pose at this tourist attraction where the Kickinghorse river thunders through a narrows. This will be the last time we see humans for 8 days on the trails if you count after Saskatchewan Crossing.
Small bits of drizzle happening as we travel up the Amiskwi river. No sign of people had been there for awhile. Brush is thick in some areas and lots of bear scat.
We pitch the tent in the rain and make our evening meal. As we haven't got our hiking legs in shape yet(that might take a week) we are tired. This is Yoho NP so we are not allowed to have a back country fire even though it is so wet.
Ruudie looking kinda wet. His job is on bear watch throughout the night. Temperatures are dropping which is par for the Rockies.
Next morning is flap jack time under the vestibule. Poured all night and this morning the showers don't stop. Our little MSR Hubba Hubba tent pulls through again. Nary a drop of rain inside. Bush is wet and even with rain gear, you get soaked in minutes. Buck brush is getting thicker the farther up the trail we go.Crosscheck on one of the many river and creek crossing and the water comes right off the mountains. That means real cold on the sensitive body parts.Ruudie doesn't seem to mind.Heading up through an old burn with the bush as wet as your gonna get. As we climb up to Amiskwi Pass, temps start to dip. Looking down the valley, we can see way far away where we started. Still no sign of humans.Trudge over Amiskwi Pass feeling cold, wet, tired and drop down into BC. We camp at an old logging landing. Air quite cool. Build a big fire and rustle up some grub. Drizzle has stopped for awhile. The trail drops down to the Blaeberry River, showing the tell tale whitish colour that means it flows directly from a glacier and it is cold.
|Mrs. Crosscheck fighting through the bush to find a log upstream for crossing as with all the rain the night before has made Cairnes Cr. too sketchy to wade through.|
|Crosscheck inching over a log to the other side. Did not want to risk a tumble off the slippery log into the swollen creek.|
|We start hiking on the David Thompson Heritage Trail although as you can see that the trail is little used or maintained.|
|Howse Pass. Back into Alberta and Banff National Park. Lots of bugs but we make decent time until crossing Conway creek and then the going gets tough.|
|Michelle Lakes. Crosscheck doing some cooking sometime after 10pm after we have setup camp, got water. Always a cold breeze blowing off the snow fields.|
|Morning brings a smile from Mrs. Crosscheck as she boils water for coffee. You wouldn't think it's summertime with the down coat she is wearing.|
|Looking back at Mt Murchison way back near the Crossing and above Michelle Lakes, Mrs. Crosscheck grunts up in the snow over one of the 3 passes for the day.|
|The lone hiker near Waterfalls Creek.|
|Looking north towards Pinto Lake which is somewhere around a few of those mountain valleys up ahead. We are now hiking on the other side(east) of the Icefields Parkway and the route will stay like that all the way to Jasper.|
|Pass Pinto lake and enter into the White Goat Wilderness Area.|
|After a long day we camp along Cataract Creek. Tomorrow, we will follow the creek NW and cross over a high pass into another drainage|
|Crosscheck at Cataract Pass after signing book at the top as we leave White Goat Wilderness Area and head into Jasper NP.|
|On our way down from the pass following the Brazeau River headwaters. Sun is shining.|
|Mrs Crosscheck smiling cuz for the first time since we left Field on the trail, she has a table to cook on. Always cool at night in the Rockies.|
|When its nice in the Rockies, its very nice. Before turning left and heading up to Jonas Pass.|
|Jonas shoulder (2450m)looking down from where we have hiked up from, Jonas Creek.|
|Waterfalls campground. All alone again. Weather cool again and lots of mosies and no-see-ums. Packs are getting lighter as we eat like kings.|
|Crosscheck with a caribou rack backwards. Passing over Maligne Pass. Hiked close to 120kms since leaving the Crossing 5 days ago.|
|A very friendly Marmot.|
|More Rocky Mountains from the Skyline Trail.|
|Some snow squalls as we cross the higher country before dropping down. Still lots of snow from last winter.|
|Take a break in the sun to remove clothing as we hike on down to the Tekarra CG which is ahead of us in the valley.|
|Numa Pass. Good weather, excellent trail, no pack. It just doesn't get any better.|
|On the trail down to Numa Creek CG.|
|Passing through an avalanche are before heading down Numa Creek and to the Hwy#93. Mrs. Crosscheck looking like a real tourist .|
|Canyon where the Vermillion River flows not far from #93 and the picnic area. Caught a ride back to Floe Lake trail head and headed back to our CG.|