Sunday 4th September. By Jodie.
We bought the latest edition of Canadian Rockies Trail Guide by Brian Patton and Bart Robinson. These guys have been hiking the area at least since 1971 when they wrote the 1st edition. It’s a very good guide; objective, accurate, comprehensive. Another thing we like about the book is the stories about the history of various hikes or locations.
For example, one of my favourites is about 2 brothers in 1911 who travelled through the area that is now the Skyline Trail. They were blocked by snow at a pass, and resorted to carving shovels out of wood so they could dig their way clear. Thus “Shovel Pass”. And, try to imagine the guy who discovered Emerald Lake in 1882. He was looking for a missing horse when he emerged into this beautiful spectacularly situated lake surrounded by mountains.
Compared with many other areas we’ve hiked, the Canadian Rockies is very developed. It’s a kind of hikers’ heaven, where everything is set up for us. It is “easy” (although the mountains always demand respect). But this did not happen by chance. As we have discovered during our stay here, there are many people and stories behind the discovery and establishment of this as a premier recreational area.
I’m so appreciative that we can still enjoy this area thanks to those who have enjoyed it and cared for it for the past 100 years or so.