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Old 09-06-2006, 01:52 PM   #61
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The temp continued to drop from 42F... We had monitored the average temps (64F to 54F) for weeks before we left. We were prepared for the 50's or even high 40's, but not low 40's and high 30's. Add in the windchill factor, we were bone cold. A few more miles after Bow Lake, we reached the snow line. We decided to abandone the plan to reach the Icefield, let alone Jasper. We tried, but this was getting too cold to be safe.

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Old 09-06-2006, 01:54 PM   #62
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It was a disappointment, but there is always next year. So, we did the most sensible thing and turned around for Bow Lake.

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Old 09-06-2006, 01:56 PM   #63
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We enjoyed a nice and simple lunch at the famed Num-Ti-Jah Lodge... a nice cup of much needed hot-chocolate... and sat by the lake... watching the world goes by.

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Old 09-06-2006, 01:58 PM   #64
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Here is a shot of Bow Glacier... That's ice, baby!

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Old 09-06-2006, 02:00 PM   #65
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While sitting by the lake, we thought maybe we should head back to Banff for the gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain since most of the mountains here are still obscured by fog or clouds. So, back to Banff we went. We went back on Old 1 again, hoping to see something new.

Pilot Mountain in the middle:


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Old 09-06-2006, 02:02 PM   #66
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You could live here your entire life and still not learn all the faces of a mountain. A map of the peaks can be helpful:

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Old 09-06-2006, 02:03 PM   #67
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Old 09-06-2006, 02:04 PM   #68
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Couldn't figure out what this one was... a bit after Castle, and on the west side of 1.

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Old 09-06-2006, 02:05 PM   #69
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Back in Banff, on the gondola up Sulphur Mountain, here is a shot of the face of Rundle:

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Old 09-06-2006, 02:07 PM   #70
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She got all giddy because it was cold. Freaking Canadian.

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Overlooking the town of Banff... You are encircled by the mountains. You should be able to make out the Banff Springs Hotel just below Tunnel Mountain in the low center of the pic, and Bow River.

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Old 09-06-2006, 02:18 PM   #75
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We then went back for the hot tub. Packed it in early as this was our last night in Banff. Gotta cross back to the US tomorrow.

Day 7, 410 miles

We were a bit sad leaving Banff, eventhough the weather kind of sucked. I had a great time here, and Gsxrgirrl got to visit her old stomping grounds. I was also a bit upset because the forecast for this day and the following days is bright, sunny, and hot I did, however, manage to get a good shot of Castle Moutain on our way out:

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