Here are some photos from hiking with Ken in Moraine Lake, and hiking with Chad-sky
in Picklejar Lakes.

Sentinel Pass at Moraine Lake, 22 Aug 2009


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Natalia and I have been wanting to get into Moraine Lake for quite some time. My friend Ken Lee
decided to join us and we went up towards Sentinel Pass. Here is a view of the Valley of the Ten
Peaks or Wenchenkma from the Larch Valley.


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Here are Ken and I in the same spot.


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Natalia and Ken hiking towards Sentinel Pass.


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Ken and I determined why this hike is so popular. Within an hour of light switchbacks, you have some
of the most amazing views in the Rockies. Not bad for the View to Effort ratio!


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Natalia and I and Mount Temple.


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Ken and Natalia looking back towards where we came. Those peaks form part of the Continental Divide
and so serve as the border between Alberta and BC. I think that CBC show "The Border" would be way
cooler if it was filmed at THIS border!


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Here is a view of the Grand Sentinel from the top of Sentinel Pass. Ken has climbed this before
but I haven't. It's on the tick list. We think that's Mount Lefroy immediately above the Grand
with Mt Aberdeen to the right.


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Ken and Nati having some snacks at the top of Sentinel Pass.


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Looking back towards part of the ridgeline of Mt Temple.


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Here is Ken chilling out with his really cool shirt from Thailand checking out the map. We were
trying to sort out if that mountain was Mt Lefroy or not.


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Here are some photos I took for a polite gentleman who had broken his camera on the way up. M.
Gilles Raffort, j'espere que vous avez achete un beau nouveau camera.


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Gilles


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Gilles


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On the way down, we tried to capture the absurdly-blue colour of Moraine Lake.


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The view from the Lodge at Moraine Lake. It's definitely worth the drive. Thankfully, we got
rockstar parking. For future reference, always say, "I'm with the band!"


Climbing at Barrier Lake with Terry


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Terry Tremaine is back in town after belaying many wizards and warriors this summer in Squamish.
He took me up a 2-pitch beautiful route on the Yellow Wall. While this photo looks to have very
little information in it, this is the view from the first belay station looking down at the deer
who were checking out Terry working on the lead of Rainbow Bridge


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Terry Tremaine at the top of Rainbow Bridge looking out at Barrier Lake.


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A nice view of the lake from 50m up on the rock.


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Terry rappeling off the rock.


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Another glamour shot for Terry. We then did a 5.11b called Koyaanisqatsi . More accurately,
Terry led it and then pulled me up it. For future reference, ensure you bring a piece or two to
start the original start.


Hiking to Picklejar Lakes, 29 Aug 2009


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We started the day with a tour through Millarville Farmer's Market, where Natalia found this bag
of Dill Pickle potato flake treats. I've been wanting to drive through the Highwood Pass for quite
some time, so we headed down that direction and decided to go for a hike to Picklejar Lakes, mostly
due to the name.


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Chad Glemser joined us for our fun day. Here he is with some nice limestone behind us.
I got a serious geology lesson from Chad throughout the day. It rocked! (boo!!)


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Chad and Natalia looking back at the Elk Range, which also forms part of the Continental Divide.


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Even though it's getting later into the season, there were still some beautiful meadows filled
with wildflowers and nice grasses.


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Natalia, making her way up the trail with an unnamed peak of the Highwood Range behind her.


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Chad's head looking up towards the same peak.


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We got up to the ridge that separates the two valleys and got our first full glimpse of the peaks
on the other side. This is also an unnamed peak in the Highwood Range although the layers in the
rock are really impressive.


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Shots Chad took


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to make a


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panoramic I think.


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Picklejar Lake #1.

A video of looking around at the top of Picklejar Lakes


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The three of us with Picklejar Lake #1 behind us. A lot of people were catching small cutthroat trout
here wearing hip waders. One comment I heard was "I can't feel my balls!" The water is definitely chilly!


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Chad Glemser looking back at one of the other Picklejar lakes and up towards the headwall.


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Picklejar Lake #1.


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Being the geology buff that he is, Chad found a rock with a possible fossil in it. I think it looks
like a fish, but we'll see what the experts say.


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More fish photos


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There were also some shells in the cement-like rock as well.


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A finger to show scale.


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Natalia, making her way back along the scree from Picklejar Lakes. Apparently, the name comes from
a statement that a fisherman made that "the fishing is so good, it's like catching fish out of
a pickle jar!"


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Chad and Natalia and a cool mountain.


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Natalia convinced me to use my tripod to attach my camera to the side of a tree to take this photo.
It actually turned out really well.

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