Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Rockies

It was nice to be in the realm of real mountains again, even if it was only for a couple of days.

We headed out to Canmore for the weekend with Kristal's parents, and met up with her brother and his wife to clip some bolts.

Day one was spent at the tourist heavy, yet absolutely gorgeous, Lake Louise. It's easy to see why it's such a tourist attraction, with its incredible milky blue glacier fed waters.

It was a bit torturous to be cragging while surrounded by huge mountains, but it felt good to be climbing again, and we did find a nice 2 pitch route that took us above the trees, giving us a stunning view over the lake. There were also some mixed and trad routes, and it was nice to place our own gear again. Here is Mark on the awesome looking Standing Ovation, 5.10b.

While his parents nervously look on.

On day two we stayed in Canmore and headed up to Grassi Lakes, a limestone sport crag that felt very much like climbing in a gym.

But the climbing was fun, the day was beautiful and the lakes were pretty.

It was a good weekend of climbing, and even if we didn't get on any epic multi-pitch routes, we did find a few to add to our tick list that sound pretty awesome. We can't wait to come back next summer to climb them.

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