Friday, September 17, 2010

The Skyline Trail

The highlight of our Canadian adventures for me was our run on the Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park. The Skyline is the Overland Track of the northern Rockies, meaning it's a classic trail which gets a lot of traffic in the summer. The trail gains around 1400m over 45km and most of this distance is above the treeline. Sal and I teamed up with our good friend and Jasper local Tanya, (two days before her wedding) who hadn't run the trail for 10 years. We had a great day jogging most of the flats and downhill and hiking the climbs in just under 8 hours. Grizzlies are quite common in the area but we weren't lucky enough to see one but we did see some Woodland Caribou near the start and plenty of XXL Marmots.

Looking back along the ridge on the Skyline Trail.

Gettin high on the Skyline.

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