Jasper, 2 July, Sulphur Skyline

4:57 p.m. on July 5, 2012 (EDT)
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Last day. Two of the clients had gone, and a couple of group members had to head home early. That made for a nice manageable group.

The Sulphur Skyline trail is just over 4 km long, but it has 750 metres of elevation gain, for a ratio of about 1:6. For new people it's a great way to learn about pacing - anyone can do it if they're willing to pause whenever necessary to take a break. It's also good for showing people what they can achieve if they set their minds to it. The new ones are on top of a real mountain for the first time, surrounded by other mountain tops and they get a small glimpse of why people do it.

The trail starts at the parking lot for Miette Hot Springs and begins with a walk up an easy path to the spa's water storage tank, the next section is gravel then the trail begins an unrelenting climb across a mountain flank. At the Mystery Lake/Fiddle River junction, you hit a series of switchbacks, 15 in all, that take you up to a small meadow (marked by a large white erratic of quartzite) at the foot of the scree slope to the top. Another 150 metres, and you're on the summit!


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Two hot young mountain guys check out Christine as she peels off a layer.


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and Carol takes her legs off
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Notice red trees on the south-facing slope. Mountain Pine Beetle.
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Fiddle River below
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Lunch break
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Rest spot below.
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And going back down again.

All in all, a nice weekend. Good people, good conversations, a bit of exercise, and a lot of outdoors.

Banff on Friday, then back to Jasper the week after that. My wife might get to see me a few times this summer. :-)

8:52 a.m. on July 6, 2012 (EDT)
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Just awesome....

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