Winter certainly isn’t my favourite season, but being living near the Rocky Mountains, it’d be a waste not to enjoy the beauty of winter. It was possible for a cold fearing*, novice hiker like me when armed with proper winter gear** to brave the snow on some short trips that had big rewards. I wanted to share these three easy hikes done in winter 2017!
Johnston Canyon, Banff
A large section of the hike is on steel walkways to protect the environment, as well as a gorgeous view of the gorge
I actually visited Johnston Canyon twice, the second time while hosting a visitor (you can tell from my jacket:) Decided to venture down and explore a small cave
View from the bottom of the canyon along the frozen creek
My first time seeing a frozen waterfall, and such a majestic sight it was!
Can you spot the ice climber scaling the ice?
Doing it for the gram
Grotto Canyon, Exshaw
It was a foggy day in the mountain with snow clouds
snow covered frozen creek – can you spot the pictographs? The ones that are a couple hundred years old are slightly faded on the left, on the right is your everyday graffiti
Ice cleats were definatlely needed to walk without slipping on the ice, glimpse of the frozen waterfall ahead
We only caught the ice climbers packing up instead of seeing them scale this beast
Majestic ice waterfall featuring le bf
The valley! Apparently venturing further leads to hoodoos and a cave, but snow was falling, and I needed to look for the
Troll Falls, Kananaskis
Need to clean the windows and take more rearview photo pics
The hunt for trolls begin!
At first I saw something blue and thought it was garbage, but found this little guy instead
The infamous falls
*Cold fearing – trust me when I say cold fearing. I don’t even like the coldness after getting out a shower, preferring to step into an all enclosing bathrobe vs a towel. I’m that person that apologizes for their cold hands when shaking hands.
**SO in order for me to not complain about numb toes (the first to get cold for me), in addition to a warm ski jacket/ snowpants/boots, I was equipped with thermal wear, merino wool socks, heat packs and when necessary, ice cleats. And carry a thermos of hot chocolate and lots of snacks. Cause it’s at least -10’C and colder Canadian weather (not counting wind chill), might as well make it comfortable as can be.