Snowshoe Rummel Ridge

by Gillean Daffern on January 25, 2015

On the top with the lower slopes of Mt. Galatea under heavy cloud.

On the top with the lower slopes of Mt. Galatea under heavy cloud.

This is the little summit at the south end of The Tower with a great view. In his snowshoe book Andrew describes a route from the Rummel Lake trail with moderate avalanche risk. We were looking through Matt Clay’s website  and discovered he’d been up from the north side via Engadine Creek, a route  with no avalanche risk whatsoever. This sounded good and we were eager to try it out. [click to continue…]


The RMB Forum Archive

by Tony Daffern on January 5, 2015

Back when we owned Rocky Mountain Books we started a forum that became the meeting place for local climbers and scramblers. Unfortunately in 2010 Heritage House developed a new RMB site with a different service provider who could not support the forum. Fortunately, Vern Dewit managed to rescue (way beyond our technical ability) thousands of posts, trip reports and lively discussions that were about to be lost in the Backcountry Skiing, Scrambling and Alpine Climbing forums. In spite of the 2013 floods most of the information is still relevant, so if you have a particular excursion in mind take a look at the RMB Archive. Thank you Vern.


A forum entry on the rarely-done Birdwood/Smutts Ski Traverse


Some Winter Walking/Snowshoeing Options at West Bragg Creek

December 29, 2014

Back in 2008, in the early days of this blog, we promoted a skiing/hiking trail that we called North Bragg. It was used and maintained by equestrians who called it Hidden Trail, part of a ride that also included Moose Loop. The trail started up Hostel Loop, then up over what is now called Demi-Tel, […]

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Snowshoe Snowy Owl at West Bragg Creek

December 8, 2014

Now that the snow has arrived, it’s time to check out Snowy Owl and Snowy Shortcut, two new snowshoe trails at West Bragg Creek. Built by volunteers from the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association this addition brings the total trail network at West Bragg Creek up to 106 km. Snowy Owl trail makes a large […]

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Snowshoe Canmore Nordic Centre

December 3, 2014

The Canmore Nordic Centre has recently created a very pleasant 3 km snowshoe trail; a mixture of old roads and single-track bike trails. Unfortunately the start is hard to find if you don’t know the area in summer and the trail has nowhere near enough signs to make it easy to follow in winter. While […]

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A “Momentous Occasion” for Alberta’s Wild Horses

November 28, 2014

WHOAS, The Wild Horse of Alberta Society, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD). This five year agreement allows WHOAS to work in collaboration with ESRD to humanely manage wild horse populations in the Sundre area. Hopefully it will also take the pressure off wild horses in Kananaskis Country.

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Pictures of Work Done by Volunteers at West Bragg Creek

November 27, 2014

Here’s an album that highlights some of the work done by volunteers and with donated funds at West Bragg Creek this summer. New trails include: Merlin View (all season), Mountain View, West Crystal re-route, Crystal Link #2, #3, #4, East Link, Bunny Loop and Chickadee Loop (XC Ski trails) and Snowy Owl and Snowy Shortcut […]

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Snowshoe Arethusa Cirque

November 25, 2014

You’ve got 5 days left in which to enjoy a really terrific snowshoe into the cirque south of the more populated Ptarmigan. The distance is short, but perfect for the short drab days of late November.

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More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies – Second edition

November 11, 2014

I keep wanting to write More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies SOUTH. You should know that very few scrambles are described in Banff and Yoho parks, and none at all in Jasper and Kootenay. The vast majority range from K Country down to Waterton. Having got that out of the way, I can report that […]

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TrekSta Boots Fit My Feet

November 2, 2014

One of the problems that I have had with most of my hiking and climbing boots over the years is that although my my feet are not exceptionally wide my little toes get squished. The problem seems to be that in most boots the wide part of the toe box never extends far enough back. […]

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