Dear Reader (2020-09-30),
Thank you for visiting and commenting. Thank you for providing support, encouragement, and inspiration even if you didn’t know you were doing so. Thank you for the pleasure of your company, especially Michelle and Liz. Today is also an answer to the question, why have there been such a flurry of posts this week. In keeping with the pattern first presented in the 30 in 30 Project, the Bryant Lake Trail was also a milestone event – it was my 30th new-to-me trail.
Thursday September 24, 2020 – Bryant Lake Trail < 17.0 – out and back,
The morning begins more slowly than other walking days. Eventually I make it into the truck for the drive to a new trail and a new road. I am excited. My research has suggested that this is a particularly wild part of Kananaskis The trailhead is 15/20 minutes north of Forgetmenot Pond on the road called “Powderface Trail”. Even though the parking area for the trailhead is just a partially gravelled flat area on the side of the road, it does have a name, the Canyon Creek parking area.
Once upon a time before the floods of 2013, I have read there used to be a trail. The first 5 k or so of the walk is really a slow game of find the trail. Most of the time I am walking on gravel, shale, or rock, as the creek beds are much wider than they once were, before the flood. Every once in a while, I catch a glimpse of the old dirt trail. Those segments are short, and then it is back to the stones (01,03). At the beginning of this year’s series of walks, the lack of trail would have made me apprehensive. Now, I am just taking today’s route in stride. The wind has been silently howling down the valley all morning, whipping the straps of my pack against my face. The route leaves a stream bed, and climbs up towards a tarn, Bryant Lake (02). The forest is still (04) and provides pleasant relief from the wind. Once above the treeline the land looks wild and barely tamed (05-08).
After a snack at the lake, I play with a combination of multiple exposures and ICM in an experiment to capture both structure and wind (09-12). The last two images are straight ICM experiments because the idea of stone on the move (13-14) makes me smile.
On the return trip, in the middle of absolutely now here, I start to exchange pleasantries with 2 hikers walking towards me – it’s A and his brother E. It is a treat to see A after such a long time, and we spend the next 30/40 minutes chatting. I head back along the creek beds. They continue up the valley on the first day of their 3-day hike. This route was into the wildest country I have walked this year, and the first time I have met people I know on the trail.
Now what. The walking doesn’t stop. There will at some point be some sort of a summary post, and perhaps even a something else.
As always all comments are sought and welcome.
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