Hiking and Trail Conditions at CMH Summer Adventures
And they are off! This morning our first group of 2011 CMH Summer Adventurers, including guest speaker Brian Keating, headed off to the Bobbie Burns Lodge for a summer vacation like no other!
Our hiking and mountaineering guides have been at the CMH Summer Adventures lodges (the Bobbie Burns and Bugaboos) for the last few weeks getting the Mt Nimbus Via Ferrata and the Skyladder Via Ferrata set up, sorting through the equipment we provide our guests and checking out the trail conditions for our hikers, walkers and adventurers.
This morning we received our first conditions reports from the guides and I'm excited to share them with you here:
The big snow winter followed by the cool, rainy spring has resulted in more snow than usual for early July. Ridges are starting to show more ground but are also still quite snowy. However, snow is melting rapidly and creeks and rivers are at very high water levels. The alpine flowers are obviously also very behind although south aspects and areas that have melted out are starting to bloom. The lodge and valley bottoms are a bit on the buggy side with all the moisture lingering. The Mt Nimbus Via Ferrata is all dry other than the descent, which is an awesome snow slide. The ropes course and canyon ziplines are ready to go as well. There are hikes to do that will be fun and spectacular and the weather forecast is looking good with nice weather expected for the coming week.
The ridges are bare and offering some great hiking. There is still snow on the North Aspects of the basins and in shaded areas; the lee side of the ridges also have large cornices. Ridge flowers are starting to bloom and the Globe Flower, Mountain Avens, Purple Saxifrage, and Cinquefoil have been observed between 7500 and 8500 feet. Lower down in the forest there are lots of Canadian Violets, some Paintbrushes, Buttercups and Anemones. Routes to the alpine require a bit of snow walking but it carries well except where the sun hits it at 90 degrees and then it is a bit isothermal, but is no longer deep enough to be a problem. The alpine lakes are still partially snow and ice covered at the moment. All the snow we had this winter is resulting in incredible wildflower performance and it looks like it’s going to be a very colourful summer!
If you are joining us this summer on our Educational Speaker Series, Wildflower Photography Workshop, Bodacious in the Bugaboos or any of our other Summer Adventures, stay updated on current conditions throughout the Summer Adventures season by bookmarking our Current CMH Summer Adventures Field Conditions page on our website along with CMH's online photo galleries.
Photo: A taste of what is to come. Wildflowers by CMH Hiking Guide, Paul Lazarski