Remember 2003?

by Bob Truman on September 27, 2014

in Backcountry

la traviata avalanche

“There are old guides and there are bold guides, but there are no old bold guides,” Theo Meiners, another legendary guide in Alaska, used to quip. 

Most of my readers are track skiers and we don’t have to worry about avalanches. I remember the news in 2003 about the seven backcountry skiers who were killed in the Durrand Glacier avalanche. A book has now been written by Ken Wylie, the assistant guide on that fateful trip, and an article in the National Post gives a preview How a massive avalanche changed backcountry culture and shattered one guide’s life

One of those killed in the avalanche was Jean-Luc Schwendener, the chef at Mt Engadine Lodge. I had met him in 1999 while staying at the lodge. 

Some of my readers do venture out into the backcountry, and I have a “Backcountry Trip reports” page for those who wish to share their experiences.  I am always thrilled to read about Chuck’s epic adventures. Alf, Steve, Chip and others usually have a few interesting trips and gorgeous photos to share every winter. I hope everyone continues to play it safe in the backcountry.

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Larch season: it can only mean ski season starts soon

September 22, 2014
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- Thanks to regular commenter Henry who sent this photo from a hiking trip in 2012 -

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Skiing starts in 30 days

September 18, 2014
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Guaranteed to have snow on Oct 18! Skiers from all over North America are booking hotel rooms in Canmore in preparation for the annual migration to Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

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Who “owns” Alberta’s wildlife? Should guns be allowed in K-country?

September 17, 2014
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On Sep 22, 2000, Nakoda, the alpha female of the Peter Lougheed wolf pack, was gunned down in K-country

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Momma grizzly speaks out

September 14, 2014
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Letter to the editor Re: Grizzly bear mother who killed Calgary hunter in Kananaskis Country and cub will be left alone, Alberta Parks says

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Improved trails at West Bragg Creek

September 10, 2014
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Thanks to Alf Skrastins, we have our first trip report of the season. You can see many more photos here: West Bragg photos from Alf  

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Buried in snow

September 9, 2014
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With everyone’s attention on the weather today, I thought this might be a good time to take a look at the predictions for this winter from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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Ribbon Creek – yet again more news

August 24, 2014
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After all the comments and speculation, I’m pleased to post this update from Tracksetter Jeff himself:

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The new face of Ribbon Creek

August 23, 2014
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 “The new ribbon trail begins with a stump with an old man’s face carved into it.” – Pete Thanks to Pete’s comments, we have some clarification

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Goat creek/Spray river bridge update

July 24, 2014
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- Chuck is fording the Spray river with the almost-repaired bridge in the background – There is one last obstacle to having the entire

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Danish birder speaks out after being nipped by bear

July 21, 2014
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Update: Tourist in bear conflict blames self not bear  The scene of this incident near Quarry Lake in Canmore is one I’m very familiar with. Our house is near

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Fantastic news re: Ribbon creek

July 18, 2014
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- A newly completed section of Ribbon creek. -  One of my favourite trails, Ribbon creek, is reborn after being destroyed by the 2013 floods. Thanks to Alf for this

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Adventures along the Highline trail

July 10, 2014
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It’s a rare occasion when I’ve been able to do any hiking this summer, so Tessa and I were thrilled to be out enjoying the Highline trail in the beautiful July weather this evening.

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More bears in the Bow Valley

July 4, 2014
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This family of bears was observed by Cheryl along the Bow Valley parkway near Lake Louise yesterday. The photos were taken using an IPhone,

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Proud to be Canadian

July 1, 2014
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and happy for fantastic Canadian winters!    

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Enjoy the wild flowers this Canada Day weekend

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You saw it here first – the wood lilies are beginning to bloom in Bow Valley Provincial park( and likely many other locations). Thanks to Chuck who sent

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Welcome to summer!

June 21, 2014
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Is it still a tradition among hikers to climb to the top of Moose Mountain on the evening of the summer solstice? It’s been nine years since I last did it, and here are a few photos

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PLPP Grizzly bear sighting

June 18, 2014
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Here are some great photos and details of Sheila’s recent bear encounter: Hi Bob, We stayed out at William Watson lodge this weekend.  There were warning signs about bears in the area and we were careful to make lots of noise and keep the pooch on lead. 

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Highline ice-flow update

June 2, 2014
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The Highline trail at Canmore is dry and in good shape for hiking and biking, but the east section has a large ice flow. It’s now quite easy to get around the ice

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Good conditions on the Highline

May 23, 2014
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The middle loop of the Highline trail at Canmore is in great shape for biking and hiking. The entire loop was dry as Tessa and I hiked it today.

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