The rains finally stopped and we are now able to get out and enjoy our wonderful
neighbourhood of mountains, lake, rivers, and rocks!

Hiking at Prairie View Viewpoint


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Considering the weather was supposed to be terrible, it turned out just fine for us to go for a hike.
This is the view from Barrier Dam on highway 40 heading towards Kananaskis. Pretty calm water.


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The hike goes around the back of Barrier lake and then up to the top to a fire lookout that is
actually still very much in use by Alberta Forestry Service. This is the view from the top of the
Prairie View Viewpoint looking down to Barrier Lake. Mount Baldy is on the right.


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This is looking south towards K-country. Prairie View Viewpoint gets the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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Much nicer foreground than my thumb. Natalia's shoulder is almost ready to carry a backpack now so we're
excited about that.


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I think these are crocuses, but I'm not sure.


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There's a giant reflector up at the viewpoint. I have no idea what that's all about but it's metal,
so I expect that it's being used for microwave communications of some kind.


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Natalia, with Yamnuska lit up behind her.


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The top of the hike extends all the way to the fire lookout and winds up following the ridge
of the mountain. Here Natalia comfortable handles her fear of heights.


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At the fire lookout, there were these cute little birds hanging out on the helipad.


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When they'd land, the feathers on their head would be up. Then, they'd slowly calm back down.
I caught this one bouncing around mid-hop.


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Natalia, with a view south into the mountains.


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Yours truly with a little bit of Yam. Notice the steadily burning forehead. Did I mention that I
still can't seem to remember that my forehead almost extends to my neck when I'm applying sunscreen?


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Barrier Lake Fire Lookout.


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I tried to capture these wildflowers at the Prairie View Viewpoint.


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Natalia and Mount Baldy.


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Wildflowers along the hike back to the car.

More information about this hike is here LINK

Climbing at Heart Creek


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So, it turns out that you can actually climb in the rain. Here, Fred McGuinness puts up a 5.9w
(the w is for water) at First Rock at Heart Creek called Cavebird. That's Nivea De Oliveira spotting for him.


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Fred, working a 5.10d/5.11a called Dynamic Dumpling. The rain only spat for awhile (enough for all of us to get wet), and then
the evening turned out perfectly.


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Fred put up a short and sweet 5.11c called Voodoo Lounge that we finished the night with.
5 climbs for 3 of us in an evening after work is pretty good cragging as far as I'm concerned.

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