Hike For Life Mt. Assiniboine
October 06-11, 2014 in Mt. Assiniboine, Alberta
This time the "Hike For Life" adventure was even more challenging. The October 6 -11, 2014 time frame meant that the weather was much cooler and with more rain, wind and snow and the always scary presence of cougars and bears. Bears are particularly worrisome at this time of year as they stuff themselves with pretty much anything prior to hibernating.
Tuesday, October 7th they hiked into their first campsite, arriving early, but not early enough to make it further. Daylight runs out too fast therefore hiking past six or six thirty is a significant risk as the mountain becomes very treacherous in the dark. Wednesday, Brad and Jennifer hiked over Citadel pass and eventually to Og Lake where they camped overnight. It was extremely cold resulting in their tent and all their supply of water freezing. They spent several cold hours thawing out their water sources before they could move on up the mountain.
Thursday they hiked into the final area where they established their base camp, choosing to use the primitive 'Naiset Huts', instead of their tents due to the significant level of ice that accumulates overnight. According to Brad, 'these are primitive huts with absolutely no amenities at all at this time of year. The park is basically void of people."
Friday they continued their accent into a more mountainous area, where "the views went on forever." After climbing the mountain and exploring some more of the area, they called it a day. During the night the weather changed. It got extremely windy, clouded completely over, and started snowing.
Saturday it was decided that due to the high elevation, they would move on. They headed over 'Wonder Pass' and they set their sites downward to 'Marvel Lake', finally hikeing all the way out, completing the entire circuit they set out to complete. All in all, they hiked approximately seventy km with the addition of some exploration and climbing along the way.
The Matterhorn of North America - Mount Assiniboine (Elevation 3,818 m or 11,870 ft) is situated along the continental divide and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this majestic area is said to be one of the most gorgeous back trail adventures in Canada.
Brad and Jennifer have made three climbs on behalf of MCA Canada's Chairty, Operation Eyesight and deeply appreciate any donation - big or small. Every penny counts. To donate to this worthwhile cause, and to support their ongoing adventures, please click here... and thank you.