White Water and Emerald Lake
Trip Start Feb 16, 2011
113Trip End Jun 11, 2012
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That night I went to work and at 7am when I finished, I grabbed my things from home and drove out with Adam, Kylie, Zuzana and Susanna. It took 90 minutes to drive past Lake Louise into British Columbia and out of Yoho National Park to the river base. We got there early so we were able to relax until the safety briefing where we got the usual spiel that Adam and I had heard the previous time. We got changed and our team of 9 got our raft and went down to the very full and flowing Kicking Horse River to start our journey! The river was so full that we could see parts of the riverbank eroding as we went past and great big logjams on the islands and riverbanks. The first part was quite tame and after an hour we stopped to let some of the people off and rearrange the seating.
Then the Class 3-4 rapids started and they were huge. One part in particular was called the rollercoaster and we went straight through it. If there wasn’t a rope to hold onto in the middle of the raft, I would have come out as we went airborne. It wasn’t that scary, but pretty exciting. Luckily no one made an early exit and we floated the last part under a high road bridge to the exit point. I was pretty tired by that point and rested on the bus back to base. Once we had changed, we had a BBQ lunch and jumped back into the car to drive back
We decided to stop at Emerald Lake one the way back which was a beautiful turquoise colour with quite a few swallows swooping over the water surface. There were a number of different beautiful flowers in bloom around the resort buildings which Susanna had particular fun in photographing. On the way back to the highway, we stopped at the Natural Rock Bridge which I wasn’t expecting on seeing and looked quite unique. We decided that a caffeine hit was in order and stopped at Field in Yoho National Park at the local restaurant. The next stop was supposed to be Takakkaw Falls (one of the highest in Canada), but unfortunately one of the big RVs had got stuck on the tight switchbacks and the road was blocked. I let Kylie drive home because I was so tired by this point. That night I slept for around 12 hours and I needed every minute of it.
The next morning I got up at 7am to meet the Grand Nature Club at the Mount Royal Hotel. The hike this week was Hamilton Lake which happened to start at the Emerald Lake car park in Yoho which I had been to the day before. I drove with Zuzana, Michael and Lenka back to Emerald Lake and we started the hike at 10:40am. The hike was quite strenuous because it was steep and we were climbing for most of it. We passed a small waterfall near the start and for the rest we were mostly switch backing through the forest with the cloud covering any views we might have had
Next challenge – Rundle Mountain!
Hamilton Lake Hike
Time: 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 850m