Day 79 - The Columbian Ice Fields

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Whistlers Campground Jasper
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What I did
Columbian Ice Fields

Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 17th - Today we leave Lake Louise and Banff behind and we head to Jasper National Park and Whistlers Campground, BUT before we get there, we make a stop at the Icefields about and hour east of Jasper.

Have you heard people say they have "no words" to describe something?  Well, this place is that feeling.  Talk about shock and awe!  I hope I will be able to take you along with me on this journey.

We have certainly lucked out with our weather.  When we were on our all day bus tour, the driver said that it was the best day he had seen in a long time.  Well for the ice fields they tell you to dress in layers because what you feel on the lower part is NOT what you will experience on top of the glacier.  They also said, it can snow every day, and it had yesterday up there.  So we did as we were told, and other than the wind blowing, it was a great day up there.  Not pristine sun, but enough to make it quite pleasant considering that we were standing on over 300 feet of snow!!

They were explaining that the few trees that you see going up and in one other spot lower down that they are dwarfed because of the harsh conditions and that they are 300 to 500 years old.

Yesterday I tried to upload a picture of what they are doing to help with avalanches.  In this one area where they are prone they have dug a huge trench which directs the avalanche away from this one area.  It looks like a massive undertaking and also includes a specially constructed tunnel for the trains.  When I show you some of the mountains that look like ski areas, they are actually called avalanche chutes.

Once again, I wish I could show you more, but it won't upload'll just have to await my book (and you do know that I won't be doing that, right???)...

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Caroline Jenkins on

I wish I had gone on this trip with you!

Tracy on

This must have been amazing in person!!!

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