There are a lot of things I take for granted in the Lake Louise area. It isn't often that you live next to a mountain, or several mountains in my case. Most of them very hikeable. Most hikes can't be done in the autumn and winter due to the the heavy snow and the spring is too dangerous due to avalanches. This leaves hiking very much a summer only activity, and what better way of stressing the leg muscles than climbing up the mountains we had spent winter boarding down.
I kicked off my hiking season by hiking Mount Fairview, the nearest mountain to where I lived and worked. In the land of mountains, might as well start with the closest.
Witch's beard, an apparently edible moss according to Megan. It tasted like hairy lettuce.
A previous avalanche path, seeing these large trees flattened is a reminder of how powerful avalanches really are.
Megan and Brad.
Even in the summer, there are still snow walls and old avalanches to content with.
The crew, Megan, Em, Nickola, Brad and myself.
Making hiking cool.
Saddleback, a flat area between Mount Fairview and the adjacent peaks. It is called Saddleback because it sort of looks like a saddle, I guess.
Final push to the summit.
Awkward family photo.
Megan applying first aid.
Mount Temple, my ultimate goal for this hiking season.
The Chateau lighting up
Post hike pint