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Abby & Keeper . . . . back to Brokeback

Rick C
January 1st, 2008, 07:11 PM
New Years Day, 2008.

Winter road closures mean some of our favourite and easily accessible summertime forays are ixnayed until May and June . . . . so today we elected to go to a place we haven't visited in the winter time in a couple of years, Moose Mountain in K-Country.

Moose Mountain and the spot we went served as the backdrop for many scenes in the movie Brokeback Mountain and there are even a few stone cairns up there to "Jack + Ennis," the lettering now weathered away, left by admirers.

It takes about 1.5 hours to walk to this spot, a narrow and closed road to the Moose Mountain fire watching station, and about 2 hours, 15 minutes to the ultimate peak. It's a popular hike in the summer of about 6 km, but with a sign at the start point warning you'll be struck dead by lightning at any moment and to be careful of rapidly changing weather.

A famous scene was shot in this spot below . . . . Abby and Keeper are straddling one of the cairns left there by admirers . . . . however, they're looking north, away from the direction of the scene you might recognize. In the distance, the band of Rockies in the sunlight guides the Trans-Canada highway into Banff National Park.

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Below, Abby looks south, down into a gorge and at another mountain face opposite. In the valley below is an oil company road that also goes to the Ing Mine Ice Cave and there is a working rig back there, a huge one, drilling for gas. In fact, there are signs down there warning you that fumes coming naturally out of the ground can overwhelm at times and there is a distinct sulphrous odour. We're above the timber line at this spot.

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Below, LUNCH!!! We plunked our butts down here in this Marscape and had a bite to eat, a slope still to climb above us.

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From where we were sitting, the skyscrapers of Calgary loom about 25-30 miles away as the crow flies. Jack and Ennis weren't as isolated as the movie showed. Although Calgary is in sun, it was actually warmer where we were sitting at altitude, about 18 below when we left the house south of the city and about 8 below for lunch.

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Below, a barren place . . . . Keeper nearby, Abby a dot on the horizon. Normal.

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Below, on the way down, back into the trees, about 40 minutes of walking still to go and, believe it or not, still a big hill to climb as we cross slopes. The sun finally came out.

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Below, from a summer time visit a few years ago, how the cairn looked when we found it, including the inscription:

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

breeze
January 1st, 2008, 07:18 PM
the picture of the sun finally came out is my favorite!! :lovestruck:



are you sure you did not doctor these pictures?? just kidding, :D

I can't even imagine being that close to thoses mountains.. I can only dream and look at your beautiful pictures.......

14+kitties
January 1st, 2008, 07:24 PM
Beautiful pictures as usual. You make me want to go exploring.

JanM
January 1st, 2008, 07:39 PM
What breathtaking scenery! I'll bet Abby and Keeper are in excellent physical shape with all that hiking! Makes me envious..

Byrd
January 1st, 2008, 07:53 PM
I love how Calgary just sticks out in the middle of an open plain. Kind of like a man made Ayre's Rock.

Where the cairn is, is that where the tent was in the movie (base camp)?

I've been curious before, do you go on these hikes alone, or is there another human with you? What if something were to happen up there?

ancientgirl
January 1st, 2008, 08:18 PM
I love that third picture. Abby and Keeper are beautiful. They look so stately in your pictures.

Lukka'sma
January 1st, 2008, 10:36 PM
From all the reading I have been doing lately about photography, (trying to learn how to take good pictures) it says a large part of good photography is being in the right place at the right time. Rick C you make every shot look like that place in time.

KimandAutumn
January 1st, 2008, 11:57 PM
You always have the best pics. I enjoy looking at your gorgeous dogs and beautiful scenery.

growler~GateKeeper
January 2nd, 2008, 12:39 AM
So lucky to be able to hike to such beautiful heights & see so much of your surroundings.

Amazing geography when you consider the 1st & 4th pics are taken w/in walking distance of each other but are so visually diverse.

goes w/out saying (but I will anyways :D) awesome :thumbs up

TeriM
January 2nd, 2008, 01:40 AM
Wonderful pictures, I especially love the shot overlooking Calgary :thumbs up and the shot where the sun comes out :cloud9:.

chico2
January 2nd, 2008, 07:34 AM
Rick both you and the pups must be in excellent shape+breathing in all that cool fresh mountan-air,I am envious..
However all that hiking and fresh air would probably kill me:laughing:
Beautiful,beautiful pics:thumbs up

Rick C
January 2nd, 2008, 08:30 AM
Where the cairn is, is that where the tent was in the movie (base camp)?

Yes, as per the image below.

http://www.webwombat.com.au/entertainment/movies/images/brokeback-mountain-1.jpg

I've been curious before, do you go on these hikes alone, or is there another human with you? What if something were to happen up there

We do hike by ourselves, usually just Abby and Keeper and me but sometimes Carol if she wants to come along.

We aren't necessarily hiking in obscure, never travelled areas, except for our forays along the shores of Chain Lakes where we've never seen another human.

The Moose Mountain fire station trail is very popular in the summer. In the winter, of course, it can be fairly deserted.

Yesterday, we encountered one young lady descending from the mountain. There were two vehicles in the parking lot so we assume she was at the fire station with a friend through the night and that person remained there.

Otherwise, we saw no one else.

That's fairly normal for winter walking. Sometimes you can run into crowds in winter though. The mountains can be fairly active through all seasons.

Carol knows where we go. If we didn't show up later, she'd call out the search party.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

krdahmer
January 2nd, 2008, 09:51 AM
Maybe you should take along a cell phone!

Those pics are all so beautiful, I just can't imagine having all that space to wander, being a city girl... I think I'd pass out from the fresh air!!! :rolleyes::laughing:

And your pups are just beautiful... and you can tell they really enjoy their walks, despite the paparazzi!!! ;):D

clm
January 2nd, 2008, 10:13 AM
I just love that first picture. You must frame some of your pictures and put them up in the house.....if you don't, you certainly should.

Cindy

Rick C
January 2nd, 2008, 11:02 AM
Maybe you should take along a cell phone!



I often just assume a cell phone won't work in a lot of these places. Usually I'm right. Not a lot of towers nearby.

As it is, in normal, day-to-day affairs, I rarely use my cell phone for anything more than occasionally gabbing with my assistant while I'm on the highway. Most of the time, I just leave it in the vehicle. :sorry:

it says a large part of good photography is being in the right place at the right time.

Considering the scenery and subjects, it's hard to miss.

I just love that first picture. You must frame some of your pictures and put them up in the house.....if you don't, you certainly should.

In the last year, we've put up a few in the house. However, in general, I'm only a shameless exhibitionist, hiding behind a pseudonym, on the internet.

Two that are on the wall are these, although the second one is an actual picture instead of one converted to a painting as this one is:

http://www.goldentales.ca/P1080554_edited-1.jpg

http://www.goldentales.ca/P1000867_edited-4.jpg

Thank you for all your comments. It's our only payment.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Byrd
January 2nd, 2008, 05:07 PM
Okay, well, I guess as long as one person knows where you are and when to expect you back then you're pretty safe. :thumbs up

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 05:25 PM
I love the one where you can see Calgary below :cloud9:

And I'm sure the dogs would save RickC if anything would happen. :thumbs up

rainbow
January 3rd, 2008, 01:01 AM
Absolutely breathtaking. :cloud9: :cloud9: :cloud9: