If you haven’t checked the photos on Chuck’s trip reports, you’re missing some spectacular sights.
Perfectly groomed to the viewpoint and amazingly supportive snow thereafter.
Easy to climb the Rockpile, and even easier to see it all at Chuck’s photos
AND an epic 62K excursion to Flint’s Park in Banff National Park. You can follow the GPS track and see the photos along the way:
FLINTS PARK LOOP
Long day trip… but amazing if you are up to the challenge!
Check out: GPS track and photos.
The track is in, but it took me nearly 12 hours for some 62 Km.
Awesome trip Chuck.
Moraine Lake looks absolutely stunning – especially without a soul in sight.
Very cool you saw (and recognized) wolverine tracks.
The wolverine tracks were very distinct.
Actually we also saw something much more amazing, but I did not want to distract readers of a ski blog too much.
However, I can tell that you would be interested to check out:
to see a real life and death story that we saw on our return!
I think the parks are asking for track sightings? For a research project?
That must be this kitty on the video that we spotted near Deer Lodge early March day before LL loppet and requested staff to call Parks Canada to investigate and take this video: http://m.pinterest.com/pin/471118810989559176/
Parks Canada only wants to report sightings of wild animals like this Canada Lynx. They are known to prey on snowshoe hare which were quite abundant in the area.
Wolverine Watch is a citizen science component of the wolverine research. We have asked backcountry enthusiasts in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks and Kananaskis Country to report wolverine sightings or signs (tracks, scats) using our online mapping tool.
Looks like an awesome trip! What sort of skis did you use on it Chuck?
I actually used track skis for both trips, though I assume you are asking about the Flints Park Loop trip (which I should have indicated that I did on March 21).
I would have used my light touring skis, but I knew that park staff had just taken 4 days to do the circuit staying in their cabins. Fortunately their tracks were visible for most of the trip except for about 3 km over Forty Mile Summit, where it was completely windswept. Ski penetration there was only about 6 inches (15 cm).
Thanks Chuck! You were lucky they had done it already. I guess it would have taken a bit longer if you had to break trail the whole way! How did you find out they had skied it?