Patricia Lake Loop, although a pleasant trail is a little spoiled by the clumps of horse droppings that are right in the middle of the trail. It would be nice if the horse-backriding trails had their own trail to use so that the pedestrians don't have to constantly be looking down when the mountains are up....
Loved this little sign near the top of Whislers - it left you in no doubt of its meaning. Please observe the signs = the natural balance of fragile nature may depend on you. You may not notice the tiny alpine plants which cling to solid rock but do look closley their future growth is dependant on you keeping to the paths provided.
You'll need to click on this picture to see just how stupid some people can be ....... this couple went under the gaurd rails at Athabasca Falls and were walking on top of the falls to get pictures of themselves .... okay, some may find this adventurous, I find this riduculous!!
1- the first rule of rescue work is not to endanger the rescuer and make more victims
2- that is a long fall, with lots of water .... even if you survived the fall, you would probably drown
3- no photo op is worth my life
So please, don't endanger others by placing yourself at risk ..... just follow the rules, okay?
How dangerous it is to fall into a crevasse? It's deadly! Most likely you will be dead before the rescuer could get to you. And most glaciers are full of crevasses although some of them are covered by snow and not visible from the surface. So you must not travel on gracier without proper equipments and/or experieced guides. Also when you take the Snocoach tour to the Athabasca Glacier, don't step outside of the designated area. Even a few steps aways might drop you into a crevasse!
When you're visiting the Rockies (ie: Banff & Jasper), be alert for wildlife, especially elk! Elk seem to be the popular mountain animal in town - they're literally everywhere! Please remember that elk are wild animals. They're unpredictable. If you come too close, they could charge you and could fatally wound you. It's best to stay in your car and view from the windows.
Whatever you do, please don't feed the wildlife, elk or otherwise. Feeding them only encourages them to hang out in populated areas which is usually more fatal for them than it is for us.
We saw this cub near the northern enterance to Jasper National Park. There were tourists out of their car, with cameras in hand, attempting to take a photo as the bear was eating berries. People seem to forget that where there is a baby, a over protective mother is not far away!
It is not an uncommon sight to see a bear crossing the road on standing on the verge of the road in Jaspe National Park. They may look cuddly but if you aproach, they may be the last thing you ever see!
Definitely not a swimming hole. And not a place for horseplay. It is so sad to come across a plaque at a beautiful spot such as Athabasca Falls and read how a young man fell to his death in these waters. Unfortunately, teenagers sometimes think that they are immortal and take unnecessary chances. It is heartwrenching to think of the sorrow experienced by the families of those lost due to poor choices in dangerous places.
This photo shows the nature of a crevasse. Long thin fissures in the ice--kind of a fault line of sorts. The problem is that many crevasses are covered by snow or ice bridges so that the hiker or climber does not realize that he is stepping on a thin piece of ice over a deep gorge.
The second problem is that crevasses, at least in the summer months, are wet. The ice continually melts and the trapped hiker deep in the crevasse is soon saturated with ice melt. Of course, the temperature deep in the crevasse is a constant 32 degrees F or 0 degrees C. This all makes for a deadly combination of elements which leads to hypothermia setting in within minutes. A person who falls into a crevasse probably has less than a half hour before succumbing to the elements.
Glaciers are extremely dangerous places. The ice flows may be a mile thick, but the ice melts irregularly during the summer months creating crevasses hundreds of feet deep. Many unfortunate hikers have tramped on what seemed to be solid ice and fallen into the deep crevasses only to be overcome by hypothermia before rescuers could haul them out. Indeed we saw memorials to lost hikers only yards from the edge of the glacier. Placques told of the heart-wrenching stories of these ill-fated hikers who were tempted by the seemingly solid ice. There are fatalities every year because people do not keep to the path set down by Park personel.
It is cold and windy when you are on the icefield. Be prepared and dress warmly! Also you should wear shoes that can let you walk on the slippery ice surface.
Wildlife is everywhere once you're in the wilderness. Here's a chipmunk storing food in Jasper, Alberta.
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