[cdt-l] So, here we are ... - an update
Alistair and Gail Des Moulins
aandg at telusplanet.net
Mon Jul 30 21:28:39 CDT 2007
Gail and I met Jim and Ginny at Kananaskis on the afternoon of Friday 27th
July. They had arrived there a half day ahead of schedule. Their resupply
box had also arrived safely. We then walked the 5 miles to Forks backcountry
campground. After supper the 4 of us shared experiences of various trails
before hiker midnight.
On 28th we hiked 9 miles with them up the trail to North Kananaskis Pass
then down 2500' vertically to the Palliser River. The first 1300' of this
descent is done in under a mile of distance on a narrow rocky trail. So as
they said earlier "the GDT ain't the CDT - and it bears no resemblance at
all to the PCT". It felt like a lot more than 9 miles in the 80+ degree heat
and we made camp by the Palliser River.
It was a cool 40 degrees on the 29th. Jim and Ginny continued north on
more overgrown trail towards Palliser Pass which is the southern tip of
Banff National Park. Once into the Park the standard of the trails is
generally higher but nowhere near PCT standard. They set off with 11 days of
food to get them to Field in Yoho National Park. We returned to the
trailhead via a different route. We backpacked to Beatty Lake in the morning
then did a short hike to a scenic pass north from there.
Today (30th) the morning temperature at Beatty Lake was 35 degrees. We
spent 6 hours hiking the 10 miles via Three Isle Lake to the trailhead then
did the familiar 1 and a 1/2 hour drive back to our house in Calgary.
> Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 23:25:27 -0400
> From: "Jim and/or Ginny Owen" <spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com>
> Subject: [cdt-l] So, here we are ....
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> in Coleman, Alberta, Canada. And headed north again tomorrow morning.
> with the truck, but on foot again.
> After our last update, we went to East Glacier, MT, prepped some resupply
> boxes and took them to Waterton in Canada to mail them. If you're gonna
> mail food into the Canadian backcountry, it's better to mail it from
> Otherwise Canadian Customs - well, they've been known to hold boxes for
> weeks - or even months. Some hikers have been caught like that. It's not
> nice to get to Kananaskis and find that your reupply box isn't there.
> While we were in Canada, we couldn't resist the temptation to go to
> Writing-on-Rock Provincial Park. It has a fine set of petroglyphs and
> pictographs. What we missed, though, until it was too late, was the
> Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump Provincial Park which reportedly has a
> wonderful exhibit re: the contrast in the life of the Plains Indians
> and after the arrival of the white men. Another day.
> On our way back to East Glacier, we made a detour across the
> Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park - spectacular. And the
> hiking was just as good as we remember from other visits to the Park.
> it was back to East Glacier to leave the truck with Mark, stuff the packs
> and catch the shuttle back to Waterton on July 11. We got to Waterton
> about 3 pm and started hiking north. It was a short day. It was probably
> the last short day we'll have for some time to come.
> One thing we previously learned about Canadian trails is that they don't
> believe in PCT-type switchbacks. There's a LOT of
> trail. And some of it is
> straight-up-and-straight-down-the-mountain-bushwhacking - no trail
> So far, the GDT ain't the CDT - and it bears no resemblance at all to the
> In any case, we survived the first week, I imagine we'll survive the
> week. But let's not predict that kind of thing too far in advance <g>
> At present , we're at A Safe Haven B&B in Coleman. And it's just great.
> Anyone heading for the GDT should REALLY make sure you stop here. The
> owners are super people - and you don't want to miss their hiker special.
> Walk softly - we'll see some of you at the Gathering,
> Jim & Ginny
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