Iceline – Yoho

P1100355_Fotor It was pretty much impossible to choose a handful of photos from the 116 I took today: a record for photos taken during a single day of hiking.

The reason for this epic number? An epic hike: Iceline in Yoho.

Simon had long told me this was his favourite hike. And I knew it because he talked about it often. It was one of my top “must-dos” for this trip. And now I can report that it is beyond a “must-do” – for hikers it has to be a bucket list trek.

Technicalities: about 7.5 hours and about 800 metres elevation. Forget all that. The trail takes you on a walk that crouches on the edge of the glaciers – or where they used to be. Hiking in moraine, descending into an alpine valley, hiking up and up past turquoise tarns and across rushing glacial creeks – the alpine flora hanging on and clinging to the rocks and scree. And the views: distant to the far peaks across the valley and tight and close: the Vice-President, The President and giant rock walls that embrace you in a hug of pure mountain power.

There is no amount of hyperbole in the world that can exaggerate the beauty of this place. It’s a raw beauty – but that is what makes it so powerful. These mountains don’t cushion your senses in sweet meadows and pretty flowers; they grab you by the heart and insist on respect and surrender. And surrender you must to their primal glory.

And so we did – surrender and walk them and pay homage to their beauty.

Tomorrow: more and more and more.

And to think that I shared it all with the Love of My Life, who sees these places of power with the same reverence that I do.

Happiness!P1100360_Fotor P1100370_Fotor P1100372_Fotor P1100375_Fotor P1100377_Fotor P1100382_Fotor P1100385_Fotor P1100388_Fotor P1100391_Fotor P1100397_Fotor P1100402_Fotor P1100404_Fotor P1100407_Fotor P1100415_Fotor P1100421_Fotor P1100425_Fotor P1100429_Fotor P1100438_Fotor P1100442_Fotor P1100443_Fotor P1100456_Fotor

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2 Responses to Iceline – Yoho

  1. Chris @ Mindful Explorer says:

    You are crushing it in the art of putting one foot in front of the other

  2. goodyniosi says:

    More to come 😀

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