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It's cold when it's dark, and it's cold when you go, and it's cold when you stop, and it's cold ...


Sunrise On Hills
So the thinking was - sun rises at 8am, sets at 6pm, it's a 7 hour hike plus an hour for lunch so we had better be on the trail at sunset to have a good margin of saftey.  In a moment of surprising self sacrafice, Mark agrees to wake up early and we are actually standing at the gate to the trail at 8am.  The car said it was 4°C - I think it was optimistic.

The trail was in better conditions than pretty much anything I have seen in the Vancouver area.  It was a gentle slope up and the light dusting of snow (which wasn't even close to melting) had the occasional foot prints from squirls.   In the forest we climbed and climbed, thankful for the work to keep us warm.  At one break in the trees we could see the golden light of sunrise on the mountains.  Climb and climb.


At some point we started to turn into a pass taking us to the lake, but just before going in, a beautiful view opened up.  We were standing in an avalache destroyed area, but thankfully we were months ahead of avalanche season.  As a skiier, I still had an uneasy feeling being there.  The sun wasn't going to reach us any time soon - it was on the other side of the ridge we were climbing which made for some nice contrast, but no warmth.

View Of Cloudy Valley

Mark In Alpine Area
Once we got up into the meadows (at least I think it was a meadow - it was burried in snow!),   We really missed the heat.  I was hoping I could see the sun edge it's way against the rock face, but it was traveling too slow to easily perceive.


Welcome to Bourgeau lake.  Frozen.  Not green.  Nothing like the hike book photo (which was probably taken in July).  I was just about frozen from stopping to take photos and I wasn't about to sit down in below zero temperatures to eat lunch at 10:30am.

View At Bourgeau Lake

Harvey Sign
In what has to be the nicest sign I have ever seen 7km from a trail head, Harvey lake was just over there (the pass on the right in the above photo) and guide book said it was about an hour away.  No problems - the possibilty of sun made it a reasonable destination.  (I have to admit the name also has a certain attraction).

Funny thing.  The higher you go, the colder it gets.  The colder it gets, the more snow there is.  We had good boots, but we weren't prepared for two feet of snow.  The sun was welcome relief.  Once we got up high enough that we saw another lake (which turned out to be just some unnamed lake - not Harvey Lake - that's over the rim in the below picture).  We climbed the skree a little and sat down for lunch.  And froze.


While I wanted to go higher - see more - it just wasn't reasonable in our poor state of preperation. 

Unnamed Lake

Mark And IAs High As We Got
Neither of us had gloves but both of us were falling into the snow as we hiked.  Both of us were wearing just pants.  It was time to go back to the hotel with the hot tub.


Afternoon Across Valley


 


Sunrise On Hills
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Afternoon Across Valley
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Unnamed Lake
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View At Bourgeau Lake
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Harvey Sign
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Mark In Alpine Area
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View Of Cloudy Valley
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Mark And IAs High As We Got
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From: John Harvey Photo > Banff in Mid Week > Bourgeau Lake
From: John Harvey Photo > John's Overnight Page > Banff in Mid Week > Bourgeau Lake

Hello my fathers parents came thru canada in 1900 and I want to know if there is any relation. Thank you Richard Bourgeau.
Richard Bourgeau
Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 at 14:44:23

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