Sunday, March 18, 2007

Ice Conditions: Louise Falls (Mar 18)

Guided Louise Falls today (March 18). It is still in great shape with lots of hooking and stepping due to lots of traffic. The big hanging daggers on either side of the pillar are a little unnerving but exposure time can be limited by choosing safe belays and climbing lines. The walk off is a well packed trail. Weather today at Lake Louise was cool in the morning then warming up quickly by noon. Lots of low cloud drifting around but this was burning off by the time we left around 12pm. We hit brief rain and snow showers on the drive to and from (between Banff and Castle Junction)but no precipitation at Louise itself.

On a side note, Kicking Horse Pass has been closed all day due to an avalanche closure so no though traffic to Golden via the Trans Canada Highway. A detour by Highway 93 South and Radium is required if Golden and beyond is your destination.

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