Sunday, 19 July 2009

Sunday Hiking

We're getting some real summer weather now and we've had a couple of very good hikes this week. Friday we went into Lyle Basin and enjoyed a sunny, hot day. Dave managed to make it to the top of Mt. Brennan in the time that it took Lucille and I to go to the Upper Basin and back - that's about double the elevation gain! Lucille took this picture of me at a creek just above Lyle Lakes.

Sunday hiking found us at Upper Fletcher Lake and then doing a scramble to a ridge above it where we were given great views of Woodbury and Kokanne Glaciers, all of Kootenay Lake down to Creston, and we could some of the spires of the Bugaboos way off to the west. One thing I love about Sunday hiking is that if we can get back by 4 p.m. I can still get a bunch of garden work done - picked peas, strawberries and raspberries after getting back, plus did a load of laundry and wrote a blog. Hurrah for me and hiking!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

The Woodshed

We're both really pleased with the appearance of the new woodshed. It's large enough to accommodate many of the dead pines in our area (we think). We expect the name of Pine Ridge will soon change to Rocky Ridge. I now have a covered area for wood splitting, there's lots of room to store split wood and we get to look at a beautiful roof!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

In The Path of the Avalanche

July 5th's hike was made a bit longer by the avalanche path which crossed the road just past the bridge on Stenson Creek. It made for about another 2 -3 km of hiking (one way) and right now my feet are feeling that extra walk! We crossed through three other avalanche debris pathways along our approach to Texas Peak. Can't see how an avalanche beacon can help much in situations like the ones pictured here.

'Little' TX Peak

Another gorgeous day to go hiking so we made our second attempt at Texas Peak, up from Jackson Basin near Retallack. This is me on the summit of what I named 'Little TX Peak' because I didn't feel too comfortable with parts of the approach to the actual TX Peak. Dave got there in about 20 minutes from where I am standing. In the background you can see bits of Kokanee Glacier. Lots of snow on our approach but where it had melted there were abundant glacier lilies, buttercup and anenome. The approach to the hike was a bit longer than expected - too many avalanches last winter closed the road at km 7 rather than getting to about km 9. Saw some pretty recent griz tracks in the snow as we hiked to the ridge.

Friday, 3 July 2009

At Last - Hiking Season!

It's been a really slow start to hiking season this year and now that the heat is here, we're able to get at it! On June 30th we took advantage of some time in Rossland to hike up Mount Roberts, the mountain that's clearly visible from the main drag of Rossland. It took us nearly 2 hours to do the 3.5 km, but it is pretty steep - 860m of elevation gain. I enjoyed many wildflowers over the route and those pictured here are some of my favourites. Great views at the summit - Rossland, Trail, Genelle and nearly Castlegar. The Columbia River is visible in several places and I'm not sure if we could actually see a bit of Lake Roosevelt which is part of the Columbia system way off in the USA.

Today we took a couple of hours to hike into Fletcher Lake which is about a one hour drive from our place and a one hour hike from the end of the road. It's a pretty mountain lake with some lovely rocky peaks and ridges to view. Bugs were bad and I forgot to bring the camera!