With the winter resort season coming to a close at the end of May it was time for a much needed fix up - Kyle and I both in for shoulder surgery at the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital. Hopefully that'll put an end to our amateur efforts at popping our shoulders back in mid ski run.
This made the start of summer fairly subdued of course but it was nice having some down time after a tiring winter and I was still able to lend a helping hand to some friends when the shot ski was doing the rounds:
As soon as I was allowed to ditch the sling it was time to snap out of the lethargy and start bagging some peaks.
Cirque Peak (2993m), on the Icefields Parkway. Photo credit Tony Larosa:
Lunch atop Paget Peak in Yoho National Park (2560m):
Alan enjoying some tomfoolery with Old Faithful on the last remaining block of snow:
Some steep scrambling in one of the most beautiful parts of the Rockies: Valley of the Ten Peaks below.
Approaching the summit of Eiffel Peak.
Lunch at the summit of Eiffel Peak (3084m). The upper part of the Mt Temple scramble route in the background.
Looking down into Paradise Valley.
Deltaform Mountain - the highest of the Ten Peaks.
Glaciated Mt Fay with Moraine Lake far below.
The Eiffel Tower from which the peak gets its name.
Some boot skiing on the descent:
Kyle and I enjoying some kayak rehabbing on the Bow River.
Lake Oesa with a nice looking couloir in the background.
Zoomed in on the couloir.
Summit of Cascade Mountain (2998m) with Lake Minnewanka in the background - early morning solo mission before work.
Looking back at some of the route - the false summit and first peak in the foreground, the runs of Norquay ski resort in the distance.
Laughing Falls, Yoho National Park.
A break in the clouds at the summit of Mt. St. Piran (2649m), shortly coming across a group of three Wolverine loping across the slopes.