Along the Athabasca River (With Snow) Jasper NP April 2013

1:30 p.m. on April 8, 2013 (EDT)
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Did a few hikes in Jasper National Park, but because of the snow, we stayed closer to the Athabasca river than we would in summer. The valley gets chinooks all winter, so the snow doesn't accumulate at lower levels. Lows of -6 and highs up to +5 by afternoon, so avalanches at elevation were a real possibility. Snow flurries and sunshine, but socked in a lot of the time. 

Carried snowshoes, but used ice cleats for most sections. Love those Microspikes.

Starting out downstream:

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and heading up river to the Pyramid Bench:
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Confluence of the Maligne and Athabasca in a sudden squall:
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Athabasca River farther up:

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Back down to Old Fort Point. High winds and freezing cold:
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The Athabasca valley upstream from Jasper:

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Bighorn sheep:

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and a very icy traverse58129_603333313030199_1344110598_n.jpg

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View from the top:

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Being ignored:
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And time to shut 'er down:

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3:15 p.m. on April 8, 2013 (EDT)
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In this shot is that a eagle or what against the mountians top near the clouds?

Nice shots tho makes me think of Alaska!

10:55 a.m. on April 9, 2013 (EDT)
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Pretty sure it's just the backside of the mountain, Gary The most visible large bird at this time of the year is the raven, but the Canada geese are just starting to arrive, too. 

6:17 a.m. on April 12, 2013 (EDT)
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I there when it was green.  The winter makes it seem so much more dramatic.  I don't know which season is more beautiful!  Thanks

7:30 a.m. on April 12, 2013 (EDT)
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We used to have winters like that in the mountains of NC and TN but that was in the 1970's.  I could count the season snowfalls and the number always was between 15 and 20, now I'm lucky to see 2 or 3 at the most.  But our mountains are much older and don't look like yours even though they still pack a punch if you're on top of one during a storm---it's like they sit at 6,000 feet but remember when they were at 20,000 feet.

12:28 p.m. on April 15, 2013 (EDT)
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I grew up in the Canadian Shield, part of the same chain as the Appalachians. 

Apparently they used to be as tall as the Rockies, but as you say they are much older. I loved that worn granite and the ancient terrain. And while there wasn't much avalanche risk, unlike the Rockies, the winters were not something to be taken lightly!

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