Chuck took the above photos on his trip to Point Camp Meadows, which is somewhere beyond the couch on the Pipestone river.
Included in Chuck’s amazing photos is the mythical creature who breaks trail for some of Chuck’s backcountry exploits.
Year of the walker
Heritage Guides’ update today contained this gem:
Lake trail (#4): Double trackset ski trail with a separate walking path, Jan. 26. Good condition, but this will not last long as people are attracted to walking in the tracks.
The separate walking path is well-packed and seemingly would be easier and more enjoyable to walk in than trying to fit your boots in the ski tracks.
Seldom a day goes by without a story about people walking in the ski tracks. Today was no different. Mary was on Lake O’Hara fire road and reported this…
“below the 5 km. picnic table, walkers had walked on the uphill tracks.”
Unfortunately it can create a dangerous situation for skiers as Mary discovered on her descent…
“the centre of the road had been trampled by walkers, so the steep sections where snow-plowing is necessary were painfully bumpy, just trying to keep control.”
Tom also had a report…
“We were at Pipestone today and (for me at least) it was quite challenging snow-plowing down some hills when they are all churned up people walking up/down them. I had a hard time keeping my balance skiing over all of the bumps they created. It’s a accident waiting to happen!!!”
Yesterday at Emerald Lake, as I was approaching the Alluvial Fan, two hikers were coming my way on a separate trail for walkers and snowshoers. As soon as I passed by, they switched over to my ski trail which had lots of fresh, loose snow.
I am willing to agree with the conclusion of the Heritage Guides. There is some unexplained attraction to walking in ski tracks.