So it turns out that winter starts in early September this year in the front range of the Rockies.
We got ~30 cm of snow in a couple of days in early September, and I may have been the only person
excited to see this. My high school buddies made the trip from Sask to visit, and I took them for a
walk/snowshoe/hike to enjoy some mountain air.


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Here is the crew of our hikers - Chad, Benny, Crazy Carl, Brian, and Erik. The snow level was basically just
above the Barrier Dam, so we hiked through snow pretty much the whole day.


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Here is Crazy Carl in his new merino wool shirt and his borrowed 'gay-ters'.


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Erik is a steam generator when he works out. Note the water vapour and droplets around his forehead as we
went for a walk.


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The bottom 5.5 km of this hike is pretty much through the woods until this point, where it opens up into a
gorgeous view looking down to Barrier Lake. Note the snowmen in the foreground.


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This is a little less backlit of a shot.


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Here's Benny loving the snow and the hike in the mountains.


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Here are the three of us with Earl notably absent. Too many Caesars I think.


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We decided that this snowman was our Earl surrogate, so this is our group photo from the weekend.


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Brian joined us for the hike as well.


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Carl and Brian with his eyes closed.


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Chad with his eyes closed, and some carrots.


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After the nice viewpoint, the trail got really muddy, but it also got a little steeper and a bit more
technical. Here's Benny carrying the lion's share of our pack weight bearing down for the slog up.


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This might be my new favourite photo of Erik. He's holding a competition-grade sandwich (thank you very much).


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We also decided to explore beyond the viewpoint itself, and do some trail-blazing up to the fire lookout. This
normally isn't that much of an adventure but with snow in some places to your knees and hips, it changes the
dynamics a little bit. Here's Carl, pleased that he's wearing his 'gay-ters'.


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Erik and Benny, finding the steepness and the snow a bit of a challenge.


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It turns out that the cabin at the top of the fire lookout is actually manned 6 months of the year.
We got to the top of the hike and buddy wasn't the most friendly person.


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The helipad provided a good spot for a short rest. Here's Chad in his ladies shirt looking back at Yamnuska.


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Brian has the same boots I do. Of course, I'm an idiot and packed my shoes instead of boots.


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This is a delightful way to spend the afternoon.


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Here are the boys at the bottom of the hike. A good day, about 6 hours car-to-car, and we figure ~17 km with
675 m of elevation gain. So, definitely a moderate day hike.


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The last one here is Henry's 9 month photo, since he turned 9 months today! He's a pretty handsome little man!

Link to previous hike 6 years ago is HERE
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