Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A high alpine cirque reached with minimal effort

Ptarmigan cirque
Watercolour and crayon
©2016 Charlene Brown

I found the ‘minimal effort’ comment I used for the title on a Kananaskis Country website, probably written by one of those sporty Boomers I’ve had problems with before.  He (or she, but probably he) was referring to the already high road access… The Ptarmigan Cirque trailhead is at an elevation of 7200 ft. on the Highwood Pass, the highest driveable mountain pass in Canada. I’ve only been up there once, and I don’t recall the effort being particularly minimal.