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Discussion: Rockwall

in: Carbon's Offset; Carbon's Offset > 2018-07-22

Jul 25, 2018 12:40 AM # 
'Bent:
Wow, what a day out! Bash and I did it as a hike decades ago, but with massive packs. I think mine was just under 40kg, Bash’s was 33 and Danski staggered under 42kg after giving us the group gear. We were actually packed for doing another week after the Rockwall. It took us a *lot* longer than you. Still spectacular. We also went up to Abbot’s Hut.
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Jul 25, 2018 3:16 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Wow, those are heavy packs! That would have been such a tough hike with that weight!
I still need to get up to Abbot Pass and stay at the hut!
Jul 25, 2018 3:17 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
You would find the run to be easy in comparison!
Jul 25, 2018 4:23 PM # 
ang:
Sounds like an amazing trail and day! Where is this Rockwall? Did you see any wildlife?
Jul 25, 2018 7:00 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
The Rockwall trail runs parallel to Highway 93 south, a bit west of the town of Banff, just west of the British Columbia/Alberta border on the continental divide, a little south of the TransCanada highway (Highway 1), in Kootenay National Park. The trail runs from a spot called "Paint Pots" to Floe Lake, and back to highway 93.
Jul 25, 2018 7:48 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Here are a few links with additional info and more pretty photos:

https://www.bcmag.ca/things-you-must-do-in-2017-hi...

https://www.inafarawayland.com/rockwall-trail-guid...


The only wildlife we saw were a couple of pika and a marmot, nothing big other than a beautiful deer on the drive in. It seemed like prime bear country along the trail, we all carried bear spray and continuously made a lot of noise. We crossed several big avalanche paths, excellent terrain for grizzly bears; didn't see any.
Jul 25, 2018 8:01 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Floe+Lake/@51.10...

This google link should mark Floe Lake at the south corner of the trail. The trail extends NNW past Tumbling Peak and Rockwall Peak, with a trailhead at Paint Pots near Marble Canyon.
Jul 26, 2018 8:46 PM # 
ang:
Wow- looks gorgeous! It say the area will be prime grizzly bear habitat from 2018 onward. Yikes
Aug 1, 2018 5:15 AM # 
Bash:
It’s nice they can provide grizzly bear forecasts now!
Aug 1, 2018 2:55 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Before I leave home in Canmore, I always check that day's probability of precip and bears. I often see predictions of "scattered grizzlies" but they rarely materialize.
Aug 1, 2018 7:16 PM # 
Myka:
Haha! :)

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