Kootenay Plains and the Siffleur River

6:17 p.m. on October 7, 2013 (EDT)
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Made it up to Nordegg, on the David Thompson Highway, last weekend and went for a walk across the Kootenay Plains and up the Siffleur River. The main goal was just to enjoy the fall colours, but there are some spectacular views up there, too. 


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An unexpected rainbow...
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Pine cones 'masting'
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Siffleur River downstream

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Siffleur River upstream 
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Juniper berries in full swing
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Traversing cliff trail, upstream
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Looking back downstream. It's a LONG way down. A lot of people have died on that trail, including eight British Army SARtechs. 

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First Siffleur Falls
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Top of the falls
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Looking upstream towards second Falls
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Clifftop trail
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Siffleur River
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North Saskatchewan River, upstream...
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...and downstream
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On the way back to Nordegg

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Big waves on Abraham Lake
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All in all, a cool overcast day with some wind out in the open, but still lots to see and some decent hikes to do. And almost no snow at Nordegg yet!















11:18 p.m. on October 7, 2013 (EDT)
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Cool pics!  I'd love to go there.

11:23 p.m. on October 7, 2013 (EDT)
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Peter 1955...you saw all that in a single day?...what an amazing place!!! Great pics:-)

9:06 a.m. on October 8, 2013 (EDT)
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It was a nice hike, gentlemen. Lots to see and a good time of year to see it. The fall colours aren't as nice as the reds and purples of the East, but they're still pretty spectacular. 

12:22 p.m. on October 8, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice to see some photos of it. I was just reading about it in "Sources of the River", Jack Nisbet's book about David Thompson. I first encountered the word "siffleur" in old journals...they used to eat 'em. What was the circumstance of the SAR deaths?

1:00 p.m. on October 8, 2013 (EDT)
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Who needs that kind of vista, when I have miles and miles of corn and soybeans to stare at?

1:57 p.m. on October 8, 2013 (EDT)
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Erich said:

What was the circumstance of the SAR deaths?

The British Army trains its Search and Rescue Technicians at Siffleur when they're visiting. I understand that the casualties occurred on different exercises in a number of different years.

Judging from the two memorial plaques at the TH, and the numerous graffiti-covered rocks painted with things like "Best Friends Never Die" and "BFF Kevin 1992-2008" there have been many civilian casualties there, too. 

 

2:03 p.m. on October 8, 2013 (EDT)
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G00SE said:

Who needs that kind of vista, when I have miles and miles of corn and soybeans to stare at?

All you have to do is drive west until you see some big, bumpy things made of rock that are sticking up blocking your way, Goose! Then get out of the car and walk up them. 

Easy, huh?

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