Columbia Icefield with Elinor and crew


big cliff

They say it is one of the most spectacular drives on the planet. Started out with perfect weather. One stunning cliff after another. That whole feeling of rocks on their sides and everything tilted over. By the time we get to the Athabasca glacier the wind is extremely strong. I’m holding up the group because I am taking too many photos. The others leave to climb Parker Ridge. I take 200 photographs of stones.

Many thanks for Elinor inviting us along.


looking towards the big bend Sunwapta Pass and Nigel Peak

the great bend

note car going up big bend

syncline looking back

looking back from big bend

rocks sliding off

massive spalling sides

retreat markers

marking the historical retreat of the glacier


welcome to the glacier

view back to lake

the walk up

 final stretch


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