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Jan 22, 2013 - A Return Trip Up Mt. Stephen

Our first outing as volunteers on the wolverine research project was a trip up Mt. Stephen with Mirjam last February. She asked us to do a return trip with her today and we were happy to help out. Last year she gave Dale one of the "plus-size" beavers, a big brute whose tail stuck out the top of the pack. This year she let Dale pick out the beaver himself. Opening the freezer in the wildlife lab where the beaver carcasses are stored is not for the faint of heart. This is where all dead animals that are found in the park end up for a period...

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Jan 9, 2013 - The Wolverine Project

Last February we went out on a volunteer expedition with Mirjam, a research assistant working on a Wolverine Research Project in the Mountain Parks (see Feb 6, 2012 entry). This year the project has ramped up with about 50 different sites that have to be set up and checked once per month over the winter. The goal of the project is to determine the number of different wolverines in the area and to track their movements to see if they cross the busy highways that bisect the Parks. This outing was an overnight trip up the Ottertail Valley in...

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Feb 6, 2012 - How to Lure a Wolverine

Pam has been volunteering in Banff National Park, most recently doing wildlife photo classification. The project's Research Assistant, Mirjam, needed some help with a couple of other projects in the field and we were happy to get outside and help her out. First stop was checking wildlife track pads in culverts under the TransCanada Highway. The researchers are trying to determine which animals use the culverts to get across the highway and if using the culverts is a learned behaviour or just by chance. After climbing fences and crawling...

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Jun 14, 2010 - Canadian Rockies

Our plan is to follow Rte. 1 and 17 - the Trans-Canada Highway - all the way across Canada, going through Canada's Rocky Mountain National Parks. Our first stop was Revelstoke - which proved to be a 25 km. long winding road up Mt. Revelstoke, with a few views overlooking the town along the road. At 18 km - the road was closed due to snow - but you could continue walking 2 km on the road and then the rest on snow. We made it to the snow and then decided it just wasn't worth it. Then we hiked a trail called "Inspiration Point" - which had no...

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Westward Ho - Again

Aug 5, 2009 - The Burgess Shale

This year is the 100 year anniversary of the discovery of the Burgess Shale Fossil beds. The shale contains the fossils of Trilobites and other soft bodied animals that lived during the Cambrian period (over 500 million years ago) when there was a warm sea covering Western Canada. The fossil beds are protected and the only way to visit them is by taking a guided tour. There are 2 different sites, the Walcott Quarry and the Mt. Stephen fossil beds. Dale had volunteered to help the guide on the Walcott Quarry hike earlier in the summer so he...

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Jul 1, 2008 - 11 Field

This was one of the shortest days of the tour, but at the end of the day there was an optional trip to Takakaw Falls, one of the highest in Canada. Getting there was a tough climb and added 26km to make it a slightly longer day. The trip was worth it; the falls start down and then hit a kind of ski jump that sends the water flying out from the rock face. With the randomness of nature thrown in, some of the water shoots off creating streaks in the air similar to fire works. The attached picture only partially conveys the sight. I had set up...

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Oct 22, 2007 - Trip to Lake O'Hara

This is our third year of hiking at Lake O'Hara near Field, B.C. - not far from Lake Louise in Alberta. Last year there was no snow but this year of course was my favourite. I love hiking in the snow. Lake O'Hara is special because of the remote location, no cell phones, computers or deadlines. Not exactly true - if you want afternoon tea in the lodge you have to be back by 4 p.m. We always stay in the lodge although there are some very romantic cabins on the lake. One of my best enjoyable moments is of course the food. 5 star quality and I...

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Lake O'Hara 2007

Mar 5, 2007 - Next stop - Lake O'Hara

Next trip on the list was our annual ski trip to Lake O'Hara Lodge with a group of friends. Joining us this year were Kevin and Barb, Jeff and Ellen, Ann and Jennifer from Toronto, Jenny, Sharon and Tony. We have been doing this ski trip for the past 8 years and always enjoy it. This year was memorable because our friend Ann from Toronto joined us for the second year in a row. We met Ann on a small tour bus in Yogyakarta Indonesia in 1993 when we took our last year off. It seemed very appropriate that we would spend the first official...

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Jul 16, 2006 - Lake Louise

Getting to the Lake Louise campground, we were surprised to find ourselves fenced in with high voltage electric fencing (including what looked like cattle grids). Turns out that we were smack bang in the middle of Grizzly Bear territory with at least 10 bears known to prowl around the area and occasionally even risk the shock and make it through the fencing. Signs warned us at every corner not to leave any food unattended and that 'cooler boxes are NOT bear proof'. With the fear of this firmly implanted, we were not best pleased to find...

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Jul 5, 2006 - Day 12 Golden to Field

GOLDEN TO FIELD DISTANCE TRAVELLED 88km RUNNING TIME 4 hrs 42 mins AVERAGE SPEED 18.7 km/hr DISTANCE PLANNED 62 TOTAL TIME 8 hrs Day started cloudy , but soon turned to another hot sunny day - a little cooler with a high of about 28 deg. Day was relatively short distance to allow for side trips and also the long climbs coming out of Golden and the Columbia Valley and starting the climb towards Kicking Horse Pass ( tomorrow). About half way up the steep hill out of Golden, by rear derailer, fell apart and was spread in many pieces about...

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Mar 7, 2005 - Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Well, the road trip was somewhat interesting. The swedes had purchased a 1981 Ford Custom truck, which was huge - so the 6 of us had no problem fitting in. However, $500 doesn't buy you much truck in this country, and as a result, the Ford: - Had a gaping hole in the passenger side floor, big enough to spray you with road dirt - Had no indicators - Needed to be crash started regularly - Had no seatbelts in the rear seats - in fact, the rear seats were just a tool box with a couple of squabs on it Pretty fun trip - group being the 2 swedes,...

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