Some fun photos from a climbing outing in Banff, a few from our family camping in Rocky Mountain
House, and Natalia and I enjoying Waterton NP.

Climbing on Guide's Rock


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Scott Paterson had been wanting to climb this rock since it went up last year. It's a very moderate
5.7 6 pitch bolted sport route on Guide's Rock, just outside Banff. Here is Scott coming up pitch 2.


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A very happy Scotty at the summit of the 6th pitch. The rock is gorgeous, which for limestone, is pretty
rare. The handholds are terrific, the line is mostly vertical, and the view doesn't suck at all.


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Here's Brock making the last few moves to join us at the top.


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The view looking down to the Bow River.


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Brock thought the view looking back to Banff was pretty cool.


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I also thought it was pretty sweet. Kudos to Ken, who filled out our 2 parties.

Video of the descent from Aftenroe, just in time to avoid the storm



Natalia and my Mom's 3rd annual pickle party


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Once again, my mom and Natalia got together to make pickles of all shapes and tastes. Here is the
fruit of their labour.


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I'm always so happy to see these jars of goodness go down into our cold room.


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Natalia is holding pickles and my mom is holding beets. Yummy!


Family Camping at Rocky Mountain House


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The whole Perrault family made the tour to Rocky Mountain House both to celebrate Danielle and Dalen's new
baby boy Landon, and just to get together. Here we are outside the cabins posing for a photo.


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Natalia, Renee, and Leah enjoying some relax time around the camp fire.


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Justin and Renee hanging out by the fire.


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My nephew Luc definitely enjoyed the campfire,


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Here's Natalia rocking out with some s'mores.


Camping and hiking at Waterton and Glacier National Parks for Labour Day


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Both Natalia and I think Waterton is a terrific park but neither of us had been in a while. So, we decided
to pack up and make the trip for the Labour Day long weekend. One of the targets was the Crypt Lake hike,
which is one of the more unique hikes in the Canadian Rockies. It starts with a boat ride and has a
tunnel, chains, waterfalls, and gets you all the way to the Canada-US border. Here is Natalia on the boat after
we made the 9AM boat by about 2 minutes. The hike is so popular, it actually has its own Wikipedia entry HERE .


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A blurry shot of the hikers getting off the boat and getting on the trail.


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Natalia was on a bit of a mission on this day and so we quickly left the 'later boat' in our dust.
We caught up to hikers pretty quickly who had been on the earlier boat, about 30 minutes in front of us.
Here's Natalia enjoying a great view of some cool limestone cliffs. This may be Mt Boswell.


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One of the three waterfalls on this trail - a 600 foot cascading fall that comes from the lake itself,
which is called the Crypt Falls.


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We had absolutely stunning weather as we made our way up to the lake.


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One of the coolest features of this hike is the tunnel, which you can just see behind Natalia.
She thinks there are gremlins inhabiting the tunnel so she's pretending she's a creepy gremlin.


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A better look at the tunnel.


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Did I mention there's a ladder bolted to the rock in order to access the tunnel? Very cool!

Video of the entrance to the Crypt Lake tunnel



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The view from the other side of the tunnel. The tunnel is completely natural, although the Parks
Service has expanded the entrance in order to make it safer.


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This is the path going down before it comes back up and brings you up to Crypt Lake.


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How cool is the light coming off the mountain behind Natalia?


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Some of the cables bolted into the rock. Natalia found this a little sketchy.


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After a couple of hours of solid hiking, we made it to the banks of Crypt Lake. The rockwall behind Natalia
is where the 49th parallel comes through Waterton. It's not the most efficient way to smuggle, but it could
be done!


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We found a nice sitting rock on which to enjoy our lunch in the sun.


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Natalia and I after hiking the 8.7km into Crypt Lake.


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A nice photo of us hanging out at Crypt Lake.


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I thought the view looking back down the valley to Waterton Lake was pretty sweet.


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Like most of Waterton area, this hike was also very windy. You can see the lake in the distance.


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We took the extra tour to see the Hell-Roaring Falls. Somehow, we either missed them, or the amount
of water is substantially decreased. If this is hell-roaring, I'm not sure what quiet is.


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There's a nice little ice cream shop in town that we visited after our hike. Again, Natalia has a skill
in terms of finding ice cream shops. It was the same price for an ice cream sandwich with homemade cookies
as it was for a single scoop.


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I made dinner on my Coleman stove which was chicken, rice, and peppers on the grill. Not bad.


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We also brought a bottle of wine to go with our dinner.

A driving tour of Glacier


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After our day of hiking, we decided to spend a lazy Sunday driving the Going to the Sun highway in
Glacier National Park. After determining that we couldn't actually stop at the Logan Pass Visitor Centre
(full parking lot), we went back down the other side and had lunch at the Lake McDonald chalet. Then,
after a short stroll around the family-friendly Cedars Walk, we drove back up the highway up to the pass.
This is looking down the valley from the Loop. The mountain on the left is Heaven's Peak and this is where
I'd like to try hiking to the Granite Park Chalet at some point.


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This shows a little bit of the elevation gain to get to Logan Pass.


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The rockwall behind Natalia forms the Garden Wall, which is a popular hiking destination.


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Natalia and I at Logan Pass. This is the summit of the Going to the Sun highway. This is where my
parents' transmission in our minivan conked out many moons ago.


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After our day of driving touring, we retired to the posh, but quite dated Prince of Wales Hotel.
The calling card of this hotel is the view along the lake. This view looking down at the town of
Waterton, and looking south to the US along Waterton Lake is pretty nice.


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Natalia at the back of the Prince of Wales hotel. It's the oldest wooden building in Alberta and it
is quite nice, but for the price, I likely wouldn't stay again.


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We did have a very nice dinner at the Lakeside Chophouse and wound up ordering dessert but keeping it
for morning. Here's Natalia enjoying her coffee and cake (kafe und kuchen is what the Germans would say)
with a view from the hotel.


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We had a better breakfast at Wieners of Waterton which prides itself as selling 'the best thing
you've ever put in your mouth'. We had a breakfast dog, which had eggs, a couple of breakfast sausages
and wonderfulness in a homemade bun. Yummy!


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Before leaving Waterton, we took a quick run up the Bear's Hump. This is a roughly 20 minute hike up and
about 15 minutes down. Save time for wandering around the summit to find sheep though as we saw quite a few.


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Looking down at the Bosporus - the straight separating the two Waterton lakes.

Video of the view around Bear's Hump



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The Prince of Wales hotel from the Bear's Hump. It does look pretty cool. More about the hotel
HERE .


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Natalia thought this hike was steep but quick. Another great labour day in Canada!

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