Monthly Archives: September 2017

WEST KOOTENAY

This is a magical place. It is home to one of the few interior temperate rain forests in the world. Spectacular mountain scenery, glaciers, alpine lakes and meadows, splendid forest, extensive wildlife and forgotten old mining ruins are all part … Continue reading

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WEATHER

WEATHER As diverse as the mountains themselves are the environments they produce. Mountains make weather: they create localized and stratified climates. Climate change due to altitude is an obvious factor, but the mountain landscape also creates endless variations in climate … Continue reading

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MT ROOTHAAN

MOUNT ROOTHAAN   7,326 feet (Class 2-3) Is located just south of Chimney Rock and is nearly as rugged as its more famous counterpart. Difficulty: Elevation gain: Key elevations: Distance: Time: Map: USGS Mount Roothaan Drive: Horton Ridge Lookout access: 0.0 … Continue reading

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COLUMBIA MOUNTAINS in the USA

MONASHEE MOUNTAINS Kettle Crest Trail Hoodoo Canyon SELKIRK MOUNTAINS Washington State ◊K Ambercrombie Mt. ◊ Sherlock Pk. Springboard Trail Sullivan Lake ◊ Crowell Ridge ◊K Gypsy Peak ◊ Grassy Top Mt. ◊K Hall Mountain ◊K Shedroof Divide Tr. ◊ Shedroof Loop Idaho State – Selkirk Crest ◊ Salmo … Continue reading

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INTRODUCTION

Columbia Mountains The West Kootenay, History, Geology, Mountains of the West Kootenay Naming Mountains in the West Kootenay Why Write This Book?, Kim Kratky, John Carter, Earle Whipple  Weather, Making the Most of Weather Forecasts, Sources of Weather Information Safety, Survival Challenge Quiz Plants … Continue reading

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ROMAN NOSE LAKES

ROMAN NOSE LAKES The three lakes are the Lower (vehicle accessible, has been rejuvenated with gravel paths, boardwalks and bridges, attracts many people) and Middle and Upper lakes (trail very short so still many people). Swept by fire in 1967, … Continue reading

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TWO MOUTH LAKES

TWO MOUTH LAKES Completely untouched, this basin is carpeted with meadows, beneath granite cliffs and domes. There is a good scramble around the head of Slide Creek canyon that can be added to this hike. This is a habitat for … Continue reading

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HARRISON LAKE

HARRISON LAKE This short but demanding hike leads to a sapphire pool in a granite cirque. The small campground here is worn bare from overuse. Camping is to be discouraged. Walk around the lake or go for a swim; the … Continue reading

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COLUMBIA MOUNTAINS

MOUNTAINS IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA COLUMBIA MOUNTAINS Includes the Cariboo, Monashee, Selkirk and Purcell Mountains. For many years this extensive alpine uplift was referred to as the Interior Ranges of British Columbia. The Columbia Mountains are separated from … Continue reading

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PYRAMID & BALL LAKES

PYRAMID & BALL LAKES North Idaho has beautiful well-constructed and well-maintained trails. The trail to Pyramid Lake is short and well-graded and thus very popular. The lake is surrounded by cirque walls. Ball Lake is subalpine in a rocky setting. These lakes … Continue reading

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