Friday, May 16, 2014

A ridge too far

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Rawson Lake again
Watercolour and crayon
©2014 Charlene Brown

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a very pleasant hike to this lake that I did about 16 years ago, and I mentioned that the climb had gone so well that we’d decided to continue up to Sarrail Ridge beyond the lake. The hiking guidebook said that our elevation gain so far, from the trailhead at Upper Kananaskis Lake to Rawson Lake, was not quite 300 metres spread out over two kilometres, and the rest of the climb to the ridgeline would only be about one kilometre. The fact that the latter included an elevation gain of almost 400 metres should have been a clue…  Parts of the ‘trail’ were really hard to get up, and even harder to get down, but the view was wonderful.  Apparently the view over the other side of the ridge (okay, I didn’t actually get to the top) is even more spectacular.