Hiking the Bow Valley – Ha Ling

We’ve been monitoring Twitter and the Alberta Parks and National Parks websites as areas damaged by the extensive June 2013 floods slowly re-open. The Smith-Dorrien (Highway 742) re-opened Friday (July 12) although it’s not yet clear what the trail conditions are like. So when @TourismCanmore tweeted on Friday that Ha Ling was open, we decided…

Winter Hiking the Bow Valley – Jura Creek

Compared to the previous couple of years, we did a lot of hikes in 2012. The most fun we had last summer was a half-day outing to Jura Creek. At the start of our two-week spring break, we opted to re-visit Jura Creek. We strapped on crampons/MICROspikes to ensure good traction as we made our…

Hiking the Bow Valley – Jura Creek

Planning a hike for last weekend, we briefly considered hiking to the top of Mount Bourgeau (24 km and > 1500 meters gain). But since K’s been undergoing rehab on his left foot all summer and our longest hike so far this year was the one to Paradise Valley and the Giant Steps (just over…

The Rim and the Three Sisters

Hiking the Bow Valley – Wind Ridge

In late April, just a couple weeks after our first two hikes of 2012, K’s heel injury flared up again. Through May and June he suspended his taekwondo training and his teachers agreed to modified (low- to no-impact) phys-ed and DPA (daily physical activity). Meanwhile, we had to wait 5 weeks to see our family…

Horseshoe Falls Trail

Hiking the Bow Valley – Horseshoe Falls

This winter we’ve enjoyed many long walks in Canmore and Calgary, but over the past several weeks we’ve been increasingly eager for the start of the 2012 hiking season. Recent snowfall has added to already significant accumulations in the Canadian Rockies, so we knew if we wanted to get a hike in over spring break,…