The great majority of my time in Banff with Brodie was spent planning for, talking about, and obsessing about a backcountry hike . this was to be to Egypt lake in Banff NP. And place of wonder, nature, and … well… weather. It rained, snowed, hailed, etc…. it was grim at times. But it make us appreciate the setting even more. And appreciate the rare glimpse of blue skies.
As a compromise, we did two things: 1) buy me new hiking boots (a great investment) and 2) three nights in the shelter (even better). This place was really nice, as it goes in the backcountry, with plywood beds, bear food hanging, and a heavenly wood stove. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-backpacking/egypt.aspx
The hike in was an adventure in itself, as we took a bus up to sunshine village from the parking lot, and then hiked across across Simpson pass , finally descended 2.9 km’s from Healy pass to the lake. Whew
On the first full day, we ascended up to Scarab lake (impressive) , and then off to Mummy lake (scary). And also an also a nice view of the Scarab Lake waterfall into Egypt Lake.
On the second full day, we went off to Whistling pass, as we continued to hope for better weather. We had mixed results. But it was great!!
On the final day, we hiked out, starting with 2.9 km’s back up to Healy pass, followed by magnificent views of Mt Assiniboine http://www.peakfinder.com/peakfinder.ASP?PeakName=mount+assiniboine , which is something I had always wanted to see.