Yamnuska Trail Hike

Another May Long Weekend meant another exciting "Patrick" birthday hike! Unlike 2 years ago, the forecast gave us beautiful clear skies and a gorgeous sun. This year we headed up Yamnuska Trail in K-Country. The hiking trail itself was a fairly easy to intermediate hike, but does involve some scrambling once you get above the tree lines and a quick hang on the edge mountain .  But what made up for those daredevil moments and some slipper snow were the amazing views of the Rocky Mountains and valleys. It was definitely a great day for a hike!

 

Directions: West of Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway, exit on the Seebe turnoff. Turn north on Hwy 1X, then east to the Yamnuska Parking Lot. (click above map)

West Coast Trail 2015

One of the most popular hikes in western Canada would have to be The West Coast Trail.  Located on Vancouver Island, the trail is a 75 kilometer stretch where hikers can explore the temperate rain forest, sandy beaches, Canadian wildlife, and historical shipwrecks. Here’s we’ve documented our 6 day journey through the WCT.

Wasootch Peak

Our friend Pat was back in town for the May long weekend and to celebrate his birthday. Part of the bday festivities included hitting up the mountains and hiking a trail for the day. The trail that Pat choose was Wasootch Peak in beautiful Kananaskis, Alberta.  According to various hiking websites, it is suppose to be an "easy" hike .  The only real risk was, as many seasoned campers may know, the May long weekend usually means snow, rain, or the unexpected!  This hike was planned weeks in advance, so we were all praying for sunny weather.  Unfortunately the forecast called for rain, so we kind of knew what we were getting ourselves into, well we thought we did...

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The actual trail wasn't bad at all, but the rainy conditions and the breezy weather didn't make the hike as enjoyable as we hoped.  Clearly everyone isn't a big fan of the rain....

.... but after a hard fought journey and assurance that we'd reach the top in 10 mins after every 5 mins (it turned out to be 20 or 30 mins) we finally made it to the top!  Well half of us did, some of us had to turn back, especially when some of them saw snow.  But hey, could you blame them? Everyone was soaking wet and snow wasn't going to make it easier.  So what was my motivation?  I was looking forward to eating my Jelly Belly's when I got to the top, haha.

So since it was Pat's birthday, Jeff couldn't resist playing a nostalgic game from our university days - "Bro's Icing Bro's" which basically meant Pat had to chug a bottle of Smirinoff Ice.

After all that rain, snow, and cursing,  we definitely needed to celebrate reaching the top with a classic group photo.  Although, Pat looks a little uncomfortable.