Friday, 14 May 2010

Icefields Parkway



This photo is looking southeast near the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park near the Columbia Icefield. The snow covered mountain to the left is Mount Athabasca (3491m) (11,454ft) and the mountain to the right of it is Mount Andromeda (3450m) (11,319ft). Almost all of Mount Athabasca is above treeline.

Norman Collie and Hermann Woolley completed the first ascent of Mount Athabasca on August 18, 1898. Collie described a vast icefield that stretched westward and surrounded by unknown peaks.

A nearby trail to Wilcox Pass will be covered in an upcoming Hiking Trails post.

Photo Credit: Feffel CC=nc-sa-flickr.
Research: Peakfinder.com

8 comments:

Pam said...

A beautiful photo Barbara!

laughingwolf said...

jasper... my all-time fave area of the canadian rockies :)

David Cranmer said...

Love the shot so close to the ground.

Leah J. Utas said...

Barbara, this is one of my favourite spots on the planet. I didn't know the other mountain's name so thanks for that.

Teresa said...

This photo is gorgeous, Barbara. What are those fuzzy flowers?

Charles Gramlich said...

I watched "the fourth Kind" the other night, which showed some incredible footage of the wilds of Alaska. Remined me quite a bit of the photos you show of Banff park.

Barbara Martin said...

Teresa, I'm sorry to say I don't know what type of flowers they are. Bears like to eat them though.

Travis Erwin said...

Stunning as usual.