By Terra Dumont, 17 February 2009
Palpagradi’s Great Canadian Adventure
Nov. 10 2008 – Feb 3rd 2009
The adventure all started 3am Monday
morning when Terra’s wonderful boyfriend Guy brought us to the Wellington
Airport (after getting back from Blue Duck Lodge at midnight and sleeping on cushions
on Kieran’s floor) . My lovely pet Terra was taking me on a trip to
The 19+ hour flight to
The first Peak Terra brought me up was Yumnuska. Eric’s friend Dave also came along. Yumnuska is a nice loop that Eric brought Terra up since she was quite young. The fun scrambly bit now has a fixed line bolted onto it that wasn’t there when Terra last climbed it over 7 years ago. I bounced along happily on Terra’s backpack as we goggled at the vertical cliffs that make up Yumnuskas face. We checked out the routes and day dreamed of the day we will climb them.
On Terra’s 20th birthday we summated EEOR (East End of Rundle). Again Dave came along. It was a really lovely tramp that included a fun scrambly bit and extra scrambly bits put in for Terra by Dave (Eric walked around them). On the way we gazed at Chinaman's Peak (now called something more PC). It had what used to be the worlds highest sport climb (until another one was bolted) as well as many other beautiful looking routes. And Chinaman’s isn’t the only good looking face – there are beautiful ones everywhere!!
A few days latter we climbed
We also summated
Then the serious visiting started!! We
While in Saskatchewan Terra’s cousin took her to a Sarah Brightman concert, which she told me was incredible! Terra found a CD of her at a Salvation Army and I agree she has a riveting voice. Terra says the special effects and her dresses where almost as amazing!
After Christmas we went back to Canmore to
go ice climbing with Terra’s cousin-in-law Ted. We played around in the Junk
Upon returning to
The next day we skied up the valley
following the stream for 18km to the Wate-Gibson ACC Hut (yes
Terra spent the evening pouring over route
descriptions for all of the surrounding peaks. They are supposedly composed of
some of the best rock in the
Terra and Dave broke trail to
We woke up before dawn to be out on the trail early. We crossed Amethyst lakes then followed Maccarib Stream, over Maccarib pass then down Portal Creek. We hit bottomless powder just after leaving the lakes; luckily it became harder higher up where it had been wind blown. The pass itself is not very high and completely unspectacular, but we got some good views on the way up. The way down was OK until we hit the creek where the snow became knee to thigh high with no base. So back to breaking trail again! We did 20min shifts and where making very slow time. Dave also fell in the creek twice getting his touring bindings covered in ice, rendering them unworkable, so we had to build a fire and dry off his boots and bindings. We luckily hit a trail just after dark which sped things up dramatically. Terra and I had great fun gliding along the creek trying to dodge boulders and sparks flying off her bindings when she hit one, but Eric found it not so much fun! We made it back to the car after 12 hours. Terra’s dad wasn’t so impressed when she asked him to go snow shoeing the next day!
From Jasper we drove to Eric’s farm near Mc
We snow-shoed up the Cotton Wood logging
road looking for a climbable waterfall but didn’t luck out. The next day we
decided to snow shoe up
That was really the last great adventure of the trip. Terra spent the next few days packing, making last minute MEC purchases and visiting her grandparents for the last time. She even got to see her babies – Misty has become and excellent barrel racer and Xena is all grown up. They are as cute as ever. Sadly she only got to give them hugs and a brushing and didn’t get to ride them. She also spent a day in Canada Olympic Park having her dad teach her how to tele again. Sadly she did better when she was 12!
Now we are in the