Thursday, June 16, 2011

The David Thompson Corridor: Rock Climbing, Via Ferrata, Kite Boarding, Free Camping

The David Thompson Corridor is other wordly.  Compared to the Bow Valley with it's endless restrictions and structured trails and campgrounds, the DT Corridor is a free spirited dirtbag's dream.  You can can camp along the shores of Lake Abraham at one of many free campsites, and choose from several adventurous activities such as climbing and kite boarding.  I had originally planned on climbing the Silverhorn route on Athabasca, but rain, wind, and warm temperatures kept us lower down in the valleys.  After an alpine start but no climb, we went back to bed and work up feeling groggy.  We hiked up the short but steep approach trail (45 mins) to the climbing on Mt. Stelfox, where you can find several easy-moderate traditional 4-5 pitch routes on good rock.  Or, if you are feeling groggy you can always opt for the Via Ferrata on Stelfox.  It is about 200 m of good, fun, easy climbing.  It would be a good way to introduce someone to the logistics of multi-pitch climbing.  

Ian at the first belay on Mt. Stelfox's Via Ferrata, with Lake Abraham below.

Later that day, we headed down to the Lake (Abraham) to watch Mike kite surf in the chilly glacial water.  What a spot to hang out for the afternoon!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Job = Bugaboo Adventures!

I have wanted this job for several years, and now it's finally mine!  I am the Alpine Club of Canada's newest employee, and caretaker of the FAMOUS Conrad Kain Hut in the Bugaboos.  This is truly a world class climbing destination, with granite spires coming out of the glacier's wazoo.  

Take a look at the ACC's website where you can find more information on the hut:

http://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/facility/kain.html

I have been falling asleep with the Bugaboos guidebook in my hands, dreaming of all the epic adventures to come.  This seems like the perfect opportunity to advance my climbing, while still having time to write the last few pages of my thesis.