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Walking to Picklejar

Rick C
July 27th, 2008, 05:35 PM
Earlier today, on Sunday, Abby and Keeper and I walked up to Picklejar Lakes in Kananaskis Country in Alberta.

These are five sequentially higher lakes on the other side of a mountain, opposite our starting point. A nasty little uphill climb we last attempted in the snows of October, only to be turned back with our goal in sight by some unsafe snow (read avalanche) conditions.

But, it was a balmy day today so off we went . . .

Abby stands on the edge of the world. We have to go around, fortunately, not over the the mountain in the background, although that doesn't make the uphill slog much easier.

Below, at our highest moment, Abby and Keeper pause to play tourists, looking back towards the distant valley whence we came.

The point where we were stopped by dangerous snow conditions in the winter still vexes Abby, who, trembling, isn't sure of her footing. Keeper needed big-time convincing to come down, then a lift up and over on the way back.

Below, relief in sight . . . . descending on the other side of the mountain to the first of five lakes in this valley in K-Country. This was a hot climb but then it turned positively frigid back here once we arrived.

Below, crystal clear and full of fish too . . . . tough to get to but anglers are rewarded. This is the first of the five lakes.

Below, Keeper on Pika-alert . . . . the little rodents were among the rocks and drawing Abby and Keeper increasingly higher. Abby and Keeper, who live in the country, are expert killers but have no chance of catching one of these guys. Which is great because it would be embarrassing and probably very illegal. Keeper was also hoping the rest of the cliff face didn't come down from a thousand feet up and wreck our day.

Although we live on the prairie, the mountains are close. We left at 8 in the morning and were up the mountain - an hour and a half walk - then down the mountain and cracking a beer in the shade on the deck on the flatlands by 1:30. Which still seems a little strange no matter how many times we do it.

Rick C

July 27th, 2008, 06:37 PM
That lake looks amazing :cloud9: must be wonderful to be able to travel there for a walk :cloud9:

July 27th, 2008, 08:54 PM
Amazing pictures as usual!! I agree with Frenchy. It must be heaven to live that close to that much beauty.

July 27th, 2008, 09:03 PM
Again your pictures are awsome.

July 27th, 2008, 09:46 PM
Wow! Amazing pictures!!! Reminds me of Homeward Bound!! lol :flirt:

July 27th, 2008, 10:33 PM
Wow....that scenery is absolute perfection! Thank you for sharing more wonderful pictures (with Abby and Keeper looking so gorgeous and exceptionally behaved, as always)!

July 28th, 2008, 02:02 AM
Abby & Keeper musta enjoyed the swim in the lake ahhh cool & refreshing :cloud9:

July 28th, 2008, 09:06 AM
Breathtaking pics as usual Rick C, had time to do dishes etc., waiting for them to download, but well worth the wait.:thumbs up

July 28th, 2008, 03:54 PM
great pictures as always, rick! they look like they really enjoy their hikes!

July 28th, 2008, 07:18 PM
Absolutely beautiful.... dogs and scenery :)

July 29th, 2008, 07:25 PM
great pics as always.....abby and keeper are so lucky

July 30th, 2008, 06:29 AM
I just love your pictures. That lake water looks pristine and cold. :laughing:
You live in a beautiful part of Canada.


July 31st, 2008, 01:30 AM
Gotta love those summer hikes that end at a nice, refreshing lake :cloud9:. Great pictures :lovestruck:.

August 2nd, 2008, 01:40 PM
Beautiful pics as always, Rick. :cloud9: