Burstall Pass


Participants: Jeff Trudel, Jimmy Quigley, Patrick Latter
Date: Jan 27, 2013
Distance: 10km
Time: 6 Hours
Weather: -8 °C (17.6 °F)


Drive south from Canmore on Spray Lakes road for about 45km. There will be turn off for ‘Burstall’ and a large parking lot.


  • Snow Shoes
  • Food
  • Water
  • Warm ski jacket
  • Warm fleece
  • Warm socks (or 2 layers of socks)
  • Toque
  • Thermal underwear
  • Snow-pants or gaiters
  • Gloves


The trail passes through the forest for 4km until you reach the flats.




The snow here was already a meter deep in some areas but with the snowshoes, we had no trouble.


As were neared the base the mountain, the morning sun began to break through the clouds above.


Once we reached the base, we decided to have some lunch.



While it wasn’t brutally cold, the temperatures still began to freeze our water bottles.


Jimmy decided to build a snow cave while we ate. With almost a meter of snow, he was able to build it right into the ground.





By |2017-06-07T12:57:15+00:00January 30th, 2013|Day Hikes|109 Comments


  1. Tania January 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Simply stunning!

  2. cheerupitsraining January 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    They are all amazing photos but that one at the end really got me.

    • Kodiak My Little Grizzly January 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      I’d have to agree

    • forkinriver January 31, 2013 at 7:11 am - Reply

      Ditto. Still cracking up about that last one. But the black and white photos at the beginning of the post are quite stunning, and no joke at all.

  3. Alex Khoo January 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    What a nice and fun set of pictures you shared here!

  4. Kim Ross January 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorg!!!

  5. Julie Gomez January 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Love it!

  6. rutakintome January 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm - Reply


  7. cythereandreams January 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Snow cave or snow gopher hole?

  8. susielindau January 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    The photos are so clear, they look real! How do you do that?

  9. eebrinker January 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    2nd to last shot made me laugh outloud. you (canada)cuties you!

  10. photographyartplus January 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Beautiful travel! Great pictures!

  11. homecreationseveryday January 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Love the landscape and the wide angled photo shots. So beautiful! Looks like a fun day 🙂

  12. Aline January 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    So awesome! I wish I could live my life over as you.

  13. rachel bar January 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    I’m in awe!

  14. marsgyrl January 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    DAMN…I want your camera and your life!!! LOL

  15. FarAwayPeachGarden January 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply


  16. Sheila Morris January 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Incredible images. Thanks for posting.

  17. kiwiskan January 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Amazing. Love the black and white shots

  18. rammiegirl January 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    omg i love the one in middle. beautiful.

  19. heartflow2013 January 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Wow! What mountains! And the snow looks luscious! We don’t get any here in southern Oregon… 😉 I grew up in rural Indiana – lots of snow!

  20. loulouloves January 30, 2013 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    I live in Sweden. Everyday I have to take my toddler to daycare, it’s a 40 minute walk with a double pram.My
    ‘gear’ list is the same as yours. Some days it does feel like Burstall Pass, only slightly less stunning.

  21. Lori Lipsky January 30, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply


  22. Kavita Joshi January 30, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    good shots
    ..I m now thinking you can have even in freezing cold 🙂

  23. makagutu January 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    It must be warm in the snow I guess? Beautiful photos

  24. Hari Qhuang January 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! reminding me of the misty mountains (LOTR – The Fellowship of the Ring).

  25. yiyime January 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I love these photographs and feel so proud to live in this beautiful country

  26. tanaramccauley January 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Your pictures bring out the perfection in the world that we so often miss.

  27. cooking with audrey January 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    i really am not sure i can find words… but i commented anyway.

  28. mrsmjs January 30, 2013 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    You are so lucky to live by scenery like this. Stunningly beautiful !

  29. ag January 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Pretty spectacular spot.

  30. all our good days January 31, 2013 at 12:13 am - Reply

    They’re all beautiful, but the black and white ones are really powerful!

  31. Emma January 31, 2013 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Amazing ! So far from the world I live in – beautiful pics 🙂 ( again ) !

  32. A tale or two to tell..... January 31, 2013 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Amazing ! So far from the world I live in on Sydney Australia’s Northern beaches. Love seeing your pics of the snow, well any of your pics really. Wonderful – as usual 🙂

  33. stylentonic January 31, 2013 at 2:34 am - Reply

    simply amazing! snowwwwww!

  34. danielbierstedt January 31, 2013 at 2:36 am - Reply

    I really love your reports and pics!

  35. Monique"s FM/CFS Blog January 31, 2013 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Beautiful Photos… Also looks like you had a great time…

  36. Chas Spain January 31, 2013 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Love being able to live vicariously through your wondrous outdoor-ed-ness. I’m more of a ‘drive a little way through the countryside – stop for tea, scones and cream’ type adventurer… The top image is superb. Are the stripped trees a sign of severe weather?

  37. PaulaB January 31, 2013 at 3:41 am - Reply

    Stunning indeed…wow…and double wow 😉

  38. Ian Beattie January 31, 2013 at 4:15 am - Reply

    -20C! You’ve got to be kidding!

  39. Corinne Shields January 31, 2013 at 4:19 am - Reply

    What a wonderful trip and what wonderful images. You all look so disgustingly young, hearty and healthy. It’s hard to believe that we are all part of the same species. Here in the UK we are just recovering from a few inches of snow which nearly brought the country to a standstill. With more on the way, we are bracing ourselves for more chaos. It is wonderful to see you all embracing the snow, literally, and having such fun in it!!

  40. hope4theheart January 31, 2013 at 5:07 am - Reply

    You have captured beauty and joy so wonderfully in these pictures!

  41. words4jp January 31, 2013 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Yeppers – I agree with cheerupitsraining – all of the pictures lead up to this incredible climax! A ‘flash’ of genius:)

  42. madiebeartri January 31, 2013 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Awesome! Outstanding photos. It looks like you had a great time.

  43. this is lemonade January 31, 2013 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Incredible! Seems that was an ice cave for one, or a blue-green cherry atop an iced cake lol. You guys look like you have too much fun – not that I’m at all envious 😉

  44. Diana January 31, 2013 at 6:24 am - Reply

    You go, Jimmy. 🙂

  45. mullberrywhine January 31, 2013 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on Shutter to Imagine and commented:
    I knew I needed a little more snow in my life – we’ve had barely enough here for a Saturday afternoon snowshoe expedition. But gazing at these shots, I realize what I really need is a bit more adventure. Thanks to Mr. Latter over at Canadian Hiking Photography for so beautifully sharing this and all their fabulous featured travels. Now, where are my poles?!

  46. purplepolitico January 31, 2013 at 7:09 am - Reply

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  47. digger666 January 31, 2013 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on digger666 and commented:
    What an agonisingly admirable life Patrick leads… Does my envy show in this?

  48. lynnwyvill January 31, 2013 at 7:28 am - Reply

    Photos are fabulous. Love the last three!

  49. ShruTroup January 31, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply


  50. kevinricks January 31, 2013 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Thanks for the visit to my site. Patrick your shots are incredible. I will have to investigate further!!

  51. woo1970 January 31, 2013 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos! The fifth one is my favorite!

  52. RedRoadDiaries January 31, 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

    We will be in that area this June or so, guess the snow will be gone by then…great photos

  53. Bill Jones, Jr. January 31, 2013 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Love these, particularly the shot at the base, with the curved tracks approaching the mountains.

  54. margauxsmale January 31, 2013 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Oh amazing photography matched with amazing location! What camera do yo have?

  55. Irunsolo January 31, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I love your photos, Patrick! Great imagery!

  56. Bibishan January 31, 2013 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Thank you for liking my post.

    I too would like to have an adventure at -8 someday..:)..yup..the one at the end 🙂

  57. neely wang January 31, 2013 at 9:48 am - Reply

    great set of photos! I especially love the 5th one down (as the sun is breaking through the clouds)!

  58. hunting for bliss January 31, 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply


  59. ionlyeatbananas January 31, 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply

    “You’re 4 minutes late…” vs “We’re only 4 minutes late!!!”

  60. David January 31, 2013 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Stunning scenery. The mountain rising above the forest, in the first photo, is quite impressive.

  61. madebymarianne January 31, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I love your blog posts – what a beautiful area you live in!!

  62. humanTriumphant January 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    looks like a rare sighting of a snow prairie dog there! entertaining & beautiful, as always

  63. Resa McConaghy January 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply


  64. Filio Kondylis January 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Wow. You have brought paradise to me. who new paradise was snow covered mountain tops and tree lined trails. Your photos are so clear and crisp I can feel the chill and adventure as if I’m on that trip with you. thxs

  65. kartwheels January 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Patrick, I love your photographs! I live in Sequoia Forest and love to hike as well, but not quite as extreme and organized as you 🙂 Looks like fun!

  66. killkaties January 31, 2013 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    This post really made me mile! Thanks.

  67. klrs09 January 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    As always — breathtaking photos.

  68. consideragain January 31, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Unbelievable. This is amazing!

  69. Anna Scott Graham January 31, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness these are so stunning; the sun breaking through the cloud is just breathtaking!

  70. Jim Brennan January 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm - Reply


  71. Sue January 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Beautiful and Clear hiking pictures…i love how you capture the trees and mountains in the back round covered in snow. The 1st and 5th picture are my favorite… 😉

  72. sukiesoriginal February 1, 2013 at 12:18 am - Reply

    “Not brutally cold”…I heard someone in Ararat this morning complaining about being “freezing”, when it was 10C at least. Its all relative, evidently! Great photos as always.

  73. takahironanase February 1, 2013 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Really liked your blog!!Thx for sharing the beautiful landscapes!!

  74. Cat Among the Pigeons February 1, 2013 at 6:11 am - Reply

    These post are marvellous and your mountain photographs are breathtaking.

  75. Mary Strong-Spaid February 1, 2013 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Stating the obvious….WOW! That is a lot of snow.
    The 5th photo is hauntingly beautiful.
    But, I must admit, the worried word “Avalanche” did enter my mind.

  76. sparklingflakes February 1, 2013 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Really great photos. Wonder how you got out of the hole 🙂

  77. jochetta February 1, 2013 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Your photography is simply breathtaking. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

  78. sarah February 1, 2013 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Looks like you had fun! Those images and that place looks simply stunning!

  79. Bashar A. February 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Patrick, I’m sure you’ve heard me say this before but I love your work… will you be kind enough to share with us how you pack your gear? and how you use it in these tough conditions? Aren’t you afraid of getting some snow on it? condensation? etc… I’m assuming once you go with one lens it stays on all day… thats how I operate in the cold!

    I think your tips would be applicable to some of the most horrible conditions… but if this is your trade secret then please no worries… I’ll just enjoy the imagery 🙂

  80. Jason Gebauer Photography February 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    very nice!

  81. Helena February 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Awww I love your pictures and I’m a big fan of you already! 😀 I showed my mum your blog and also my boyfriend and they also loved all pictures *—–*! Keep up your AMAZING work :D.

  82. Justin February 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Winter can be oh so glorious. Thanks for sharing this.

  83. Sally February 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    So beautiful, *sigh*. I’m living in humid 35 degree heat right now and would give my right arm to see views like this, and walk through the snow. I especially love the first shot; really dramatic in black and white. Love it.

  84. OurBoler February 2, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Beautiful. Looks like a great place to check out.

  85. alexandrecortinhas February 2, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures. I love the second one, maybe by the extent of the picture or because is taken in b/w..Nice pictures in extreme places for adventurous people!! Thanks!

  86. Mihiș Design February 2, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply
  87. Esmee February 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photo’s

  88. swymmer4life February 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Wow! These pictures are amazing! I really like the snow cave idea…

  89. lucyrio February 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Hey, this blog is great and the photos awesome!!! Check my blog about Rio.

  90. kelsimad February 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Wow, those B&W pics are amazing.

  91. LABzBlahg February 3, 2013 at 7:01 am - Reply

    breathtaking! So very very envious of your photo ops.

  92. zissadc February 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm - Reply
  93. morgansherrah February 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Looks beautiful, but also incredibly treacherous. Beautiful photography.

  94. BCDrivingBlog February 4, 2013 at 5:07 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on BC Driving Blog.

  95. whiskyben February 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Some amazing pictures! Makes me miss my Colorado home and the Rocky Mountians!

  96. sneakpeek2013 February 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Very beautiful pics!

  97. happycitizen2 February 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    yanno, everything about your photography…composition, subject, image quality, light ‘n shadow…jumps off the screen..you’re a fabulous artist with a camera.. while I enjoy seeing you capture candid human moments, your landscape images, so far, are my favorites.

  98. House of the Black Wolf February 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photos!

  99. chrisb-jwordsandimages February 8, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Gorgeous scenery, beautifully photographed.

  100. alongourway February 10, 2013 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL photography! It makes me want to get back out into some backcountry and visit Canada.

  101. Louis February 10, 2013 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Fabulous shots.

  102. Leial February 10, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on Fish Cookies.

  103. LizForADay February 14, 2013 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Those are some great shots and so crisp and clear. You are an amazing photographer. 🙂

  104. kimsimard February 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    One word, stunning.

  105. jovieee95 February 28, 2013 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on white narnia..

  106. Lee-Ann March 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photographs — looks like so much fun!

  107. loveartexhibitions March 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm - Reply


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