Cross Country Skiing by a Full Moon

January 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

Participants: Ian Grant, Winston Latter, Julian Tejada, Adam Kwiecinski, Jimmy Quigley, Eric Tulk, Patrick Latter
Start: Canmore, Alberta, Canada – 12:00am
Finish: Banff, Alberta, Canada – 4:00am
Distance: 18.7 km
Time: 4 Hours
Weather: -20.6 °C (-5 °F)

Directions

From Canmore follow the directions in town towards the ‘Nordic Center‘. Continue on around the reservoir and dam until you reach the ‘Goat Creek‘ trailhead parking lot.

Gear

  • Cross Country Skis
  • Cross Country Boots
  • Cross Country Poles
  • Food
  • Water
  • Warm ski jacket
  • Warm fleece
  • Warm socks (or 2 layers of socks)
  • Toque
  • Thermal underwear
  • Snow-pants or gaiters
  • Gloves

Photographic Information

All shots were with a 24mm at F1.4 and iso 12800 handheld. The only issue become actually focusing the camera in such low light. I would get somebody to hold up a flash light and use this to focus and then turn the flash light off when I was ready to shoot. To ensure sharpness with such low shutter speeds, I would take 4 or 5 shots in rapid succession to increase the chances of getting a shot that was usable.

Story

We arrived at the Goat Creek parking lot just before midnight and began getting our freshly rented skis ready to go.

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The full moon made for an eerie almost daylight like appearance to the landscape. The moon light was so bright that it was casting strong shadows across the trail.

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Despite the cold temperatures, all the physical activity had us shedding layers only a few km into the trail.

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Reaching the largest bridge on the trail marked the end the downhill section. From here it’s mainly up hill until you reach Banff.

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The further we made it in, the greater the accumulated snow fall seemed to be.  There were huge clumps of snow still hanging from the low lying trees.

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Adam officially won the coveted most frozen beard award.

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