Canyon Creek Ice Caves

Attempt date: May 13th, 2012
Start time: 6:45am
Completion time: 5 hours
Participants:  Sarah McLean, Rob Hick, Jimmy Quigley, Patrick Latter

Weather conditions at base


Minimum Temperature: 2.6 °C
Mean Temperature: 14.4 °C
Maximum Temperature 23.4 °C

Pressure and Dew Point

Mean Sea Level Pressure: 102.29 kPa
Mean Dew Point: -1.9 °C

Wind Speed and Gusts

Mean Wind Speed: 15.56 kmh
Maximum Sustained Wind Speed: 14.00 kmh
Maximum Wind Gust: 37.04 kmh


Drive towards Bragg Creek on highway 22 and continue onto highway 66 when you reach that junction. The turnoff for Canyon Creek is on the right hand side. There will be two signs indicating where to turn off, one for ‘Ing’s Mine’ and another for Canyon Creek. Once you’ve turned off, follow the gravel road about 300m until you reach a gate. You’ll see a parking lot on the right; park there. At one point in time this gate was not there and you were able to drive all the way to trail head, but due to some accidents and a fatality, they have closed the road to all traffic not related to the sour gas well.


  • Food
  • Water
  • Warm fleece
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm socks (or 2 layers of socks)
  • Toque
  • Thermal underwear
  • Bikes (Optional)


The trail head is roughly 7km from the gate, so while bikes aren’t required, they do make for a much shorter day.

While the road appeared to be level, it was actually a slight incline nearly the entire way up to the trail head. We all attributed the added difficulty to the ride from being out of shape. We quickly realized on the way back though that this was not the case. With the ride back being downhill, it required little to no effort and was a nice surprise. About 6 km down the road, it splits off to the right. Continue going straight! You will see the trail head on the right hand side just before you reach what looks like a sour gas well site.

Jimmy had yet to go to sleep from a bout of karaoke the night before. With the heat of the morning sun starting to pick up, his condition was getting worse by the second. Hey North Face, do you want to gift Jimmy some new boots?

From here we locked our bikes together and started up the trail. We could see the cave entrance high up on the rock face as we made the short hike up the side of mountain. It was only about 30 minutes before reached the enormous mouth to the cave.

It was much larger looking than it looked from the road. As soon as we stepped inside, the temperature dropped dramatically. We stopped here to take a few pictures and get our head lamps for the journey inwards.

As we ventured in further, we had to keep an eye on the ground as there were large sections covered in ice. Keeping to left we were able to avoid much of the slippery sections.

With Jimmy’s tiredness really starting to kick in, the cool darkness of the cave was the perfect thing. Roughly 75m into the cave, we came upon a large icicle that had to be at least a foot and half in diameter and stretched from the floor to ceiling. With our head lamps off, it glowed faintly from the distant light of the cave entrance.

As we continued deeper, we lost sight of any light but that of our lamps. At 100m, we came across a sheet of ice stretching along our right. It was here too that this particular chamber appeared to come to an end. We explored the edges, to find that there was what looked a 2nd chamber on the left through a thin fissure of rock that was just wide enough to shimmy through if took off our bags. We took turns awkwardly sliding on our stomachs with the roof of the cave just inches above us.

The new chamber turned out to be significantly smaller than the last, with barely enough room to hold the four of us.

According to the writing on the wall, ‘Dog and Ralph’ had been there first.

Disappointed with the dead end,  we slid our way back through the rocks towards the first chamber. Once we got our bags back on, we headed back to the entrance. Along the way, Jimmy thought he may have found another passage in the floor but it turned out to be just a very small hole.

It was 9:30am now and we could see the heat waves outside the cool entrance to the cave. We stopped here to climb up a vertical crack in the wall that stretched from the floor, to nearly 75 feet. Might be hard to spot, but there are three people in the next photo and then another person in the 2nd photo.

The last few photos here are actually from the previous day mountain biking but I thought I would include them anyway.

By |2017-06-07T12:57:34+00:00May 16th, 2012|Day Hikes|181 Comments


  1. avian101 May 16, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures! Wow! 🙂

    • char July 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      have you found the supermans squeeze? it is to the left of the ice blockage and goes on for meters.

  2. Bear May 16, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures, as usual! Hopefully North Face sees this and takes care of Jimmy. 😉

  3. Elaine Ori May 16, 2012 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing this hike – I may have to head out this weekend and see it for myself!

  4. naViagemcomCamila May 16, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Amazing pics! Loved them!

  5. Julie Gomez May 16, 2012 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Terrific photos! Awesome cave and ice sculpture. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Mark Mendonck May 16, 2012 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Wauw, stunning photo’s. Whish I was there.

  7. FeyGirl May 16, 2012 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Just magnificent, each and every one….! Love how you ended with the lovely close-ups of the squirrel and owl, absolutely perfect.

  8. photos4thepeeps May 16, 2012 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Love it.

  9. jazmb May 16, 2012 at 9:08 am - Reply

    I’m speechless. Such stunning photos ! Immediate follow, I love this 🙂

  10. Nikki May 16, 2012 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Wow – these are amazing. Really amazing… excellent work! I aspire to reach your level (of photography, and then maybe hiking, too 😉 )

  11. Lost in France May 16, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Icicle photos are fantastic

  12. Christine May 16, 2012 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Great pictures! What camera and lens did you use?

  13. sharolyntownsend May 16, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Incredible photography! What gear are you using? Love, love, love it!

  14. hotel babble-on May 16, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Stunning photos … all of them … great locations and looks like a great experience … something i won’t have the guts to do ! thumbs up !

  15. VSichalwe May 16, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Wow this is so amazing,my husband is a film maker and his hobby is photography and I cant wait till he gets home for me to show him this. Wow.. this is just breath taking cant wait for your next post!

  16. AYearOfTravel May 16, 2012 at 10:12 am - Reply

    That tight entrance to the second chamber made my palms sweat! Great shots of the giant icicle and the owl. Stunning! Hope this hike was the hangover cure 🙂

  17. handstitch May 16, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Thanks for the instant replay!!! It took my breathe away.

  18. 2 Rivers Photos May 16, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Looks like a LOT of fun 🙂

  19. thisislemonade May 16, 2012 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Hi again! Thanks for popping by and following my blog. I wish I were like you guys, instead of having a great mistrust of my feet when walking on hazardous looking ground…I’m working on it. My goals are not anywhere as lofty as the heights you reach! Any time I want to feel like I’m not stuck in front of a computer, I am going to gaze at these photos again! 🙂

  20. Mrs. A May 16, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Breathtaking Pictures! Thanks for taking us with you…

  21. laurenbeerlarsen May 16, 2012 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Wow! These are amazing! I wish I could come with you 😀

  22. locogorilla May 16, 2012 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Awesome pictures….. Great work!

  23. GullringstorpGoatGal May 16, 2012 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Hej from Sweden!
    Wow what fantastically beautiful photos. I felt like I was there!!!! Just breath taking!!!
    Very nice that you are following my little blog. Hope you continue to enjoy what you see and read. As you see, I bounce about , all is not only about my goats although they are very important to my life. There are other things that I enjoy even though I am now a country gal. I have done quite a bit of backpacking, and climbing in my younger days from California on up to Canada. Not now , but that’s ok since I nearly 60. There are other challenges ahead for me.
    Welcome back to my blog!

  24. Lois May 16, 2012 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Wow… just wow!!!!

  25. Life's Little Slices May 16, 2012 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Wow is all I can say. These photos have really brightened my day!

  26. Sarahlynn Pablo May 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Glad you found me because these pictures are amazing. I feel like I’m there! Wonderful work.

  27. Sandy Sue May 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Sooo amazing.

  28. Russel Ray Photos May 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I’m pretty sure I like the pictures. However, some of them are so large that I can’t see the whole picture on any of my computer screens. That causes the perspective to be lost in some of the pictures where there are people.

  29. missgiven May 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Just amazing. What a find too!

  30. the usual bliss May 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    “Still drunk” – haha!
    Great shots!

  31. the secret keeper May 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    your photographs are thrilling. absolutely adorable animal shots. the caves remind me of 127 hrs but really love the one with the blue ice. you all are extremely brave. tnanks for lolloing me. your photography has really put more excitement into an already pretty damn good day. WOW!!!

  32. anotherexilefromparadise May 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    You’ve got some amazing stuff here. Very impressive work. Some of these landscape shots are just phenomenal. I know you probably hear this kind of thing a lot, but my brother is a photographer and does some really great work himself. If you get the chance, check him out at He’s a Nikon guy, but try not to hold it against him 🙂

  33. typeandpicture May 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    thanks for the follow. i love your images -very dynamic and beautiful. ^^

  34. jazzbeer May 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    I love photos,so real,very nice,thank you for shareing it

  35. J.Molina May 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Wow!! Wish I was there. Nothing like that here in Miami :/

  36. Violet May 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Excellent pictures here! Love them, i would be too claustrophobic to do that!! But who needs to when i can look at these!! Love them ! 🙂

  37. Vanity Rush May 17, 2012 at 1:01 am - Reply

    These are all fabulous, but I will say that I love the last squirrel photo the most! The owl was a great capture, too.

  38. Tara May 17, 2012 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Looks like an amazing adventure… and your pictures are fantastic!

  39. samroderick May 17, 2012 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Beautiful images.

  40. preety92 May 17, 2012 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Awesome beautiful pictures! 😀

  41. khrissycorruption May 17, 2012 at 7:04 am - Reply

    beautiful !

  42. thoughtsappear May 17, 2012 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Great pics! I’d love to visit there!

  43. beckscostello May 17, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I want to be there! Amazing images.

  44. babu May 17, 2012 at 11:38 am - Reply

    This makes me miss Alberta. Beautiful work – I feel breathless just looking at them!

  45. laurasjoquist May 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Awesome photos and great hike! This flatland family is heading up to Banff and staying in Canmore at the end of June and we can’t wait to do some hiking there. So glad we found your blog.

  46. Angel May 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Amazing pictures!

  47. Alannah Foley May 18, 2012 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Wonderful pix! What an adventure!

  48. zelmare May 18, 2012 at 4:19 am - Reply

    Wow! Magnificent! 🙂

  49. Susie C. May 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Great photos of a great day with friends! I loved this post!

  50. Carrie May 19, 2012 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Magnificent photos!! Thank you for sharing them with us 😀 It is certainly great for those who do not have the opportunity to climb mountains…

  51. readytochangenow May 19, 2012 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Your photos are incredible…I think I need to break down and take a class.

  52. punampal May 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    What an amazing adventure ….. Kudos from India! Hope Jimmy gets his new shoes soon 😉

  53. AndrewGills May 21, 2012 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Your blog constantly inspires me. Sure, I live in the opposite climate from you (there’s definitely no snow here where I live and our highest mountains are only 1,000m high) but I’m still totally inspired.

  54. angelochka93 May 21, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Your photos are absolutely stunning! Canadian nature looks brobdingnagianly beautiful. Amazing! Kudos to you!!

  55. (D)OCULAR May 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    A really beautiful set of photos.

  56. citraciprutworld May 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    wooow.. keren!!!!

  57. shapeofthingstoni May 22, 2012 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Wow, you go some amazing places and you take utterly stunning photos. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

  58. joetowey May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Those last few photos are phenomenal!

  59. Victoria | Haute May 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    wow. That looks so incredibly scary, but frickin awesome at the same time! What an experience! I definitely don’t have the courage or skill to do climb. :S Good on ya!

  60. mybeautfulthings May 23, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    I love your amazing photos of beautiful things and beautiful places. Thank you for following my blog. I’m going to enjoy following your adventures 🙂

  61. Faye Hicks May 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! Thanks so much for posting these for us to see.
    I’ve nominated you for a sunshine award – thanks for bringing sunshine into my day.

  62. mjohnns May 25, 2012 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on mjohnns.

  63. Lisa Ruff May 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Your photography is breathtaking! Plus you get to share the awesome places that you see that we don’t get to see!! Thank you for sharing them!!


  64. Corin May 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    WOW! Your photography is truly spectacular! I would LOVE to do this kind of stuff, but I am so claustrophobic, it would never work for me. I will live vicariously through your stunning photography 😀

  65. bintangzohra May 27, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    amazing places with great photos

  66. realizinggrace May 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    This looks awesome! Your photos from inside the caves are especially great.

  67. redjim99 May 28, 2012 at 11:28 am - Reply

    A real pleasure dome, great pictures and a beautiful place to visit.


  68. Kavi @ Lab to Fab! June 1, 2012 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Absolutely stunning photos!

  69. agujasblog June 1, 2012 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Another amazing adventure. Fantastic photos!! I keep coming back to your blog so I can live vicariously through your exploits! I am pleased to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I just received this from another blogger and I now have the privilege of passing it on to bloggers I like. The instructions are on my post – Enjoy!

  70. model 411 June 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Just Beautiful! BIG LIKE 🙂

  71. The Pal Guy June 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    It looks like you had lots of fun on your hiking adventure. Stunning photos too.

  72. akshayvish June 5, 2012 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Awesome stuff bud!! I just stumbled upon your blog randomly.. Actually wordpress listed your blog on the “Best blogs for photography” category.. Honestly amazing!!! 🙂 I wish to go on hikes like these sometime..!!

  73. emma June 6, 2012 at 10:50 am - Reply

    How is the Mark III treating you? I’d love to get my hands on one and try it out.

    Funny story, I hope your friend made it through the ordeal alright. And that he made good karaoke choices too, hah!

  74. jjotter June 9, 2012 at 9:39 am - Reply

    I love “going along” on your adventures. I went bouldering once with my kid’s scout troop and discovered I have a fear of falling. Had my first panic attack ever. 😀 Squeezing into tight dark places isn’t cool either but I am glad to go with you in spirit through your pix! Thanks for sharing!

  75. FindingStrengthToStandAgain June 11, 2012 at 11:17 am - Reply

    The photographs of your adventures always fill me with wonder and awe. Thanks for taking me along with you on these terrific journeys!

  76. J. E. Lattimer June 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Great post! I nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award– More info can be found here–

  77. Bams Triwoko June 17, 2012 at 3:49 am - Reply

    two thumbs up…. love it…

  78. home, garden, life June 22, 2012 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Thanks for taking me along on this adventure. Stunning images!

  79. thejessicaness June 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    The squirrel in the tree is one of my favorites, but you take amazingly beautiful photos. I enjoy the stats and the story.

  80. Nanz June 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Wow…breathtaking pictures..and what a fun experience for you all ! thanks for stopping by at my blog. From what I see here, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a regular at yours 🙂 !

  81. urbandud June 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    these photos are just wow!

  82. chaoticwhitespace June 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Such an amazing adventourous life you lead! Love the photos, as always! Glad you can bring all of this to everyone else’s eyes; especially those of us who will never have this opportunity to climb!

  83. marleyjagar June 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm - Reply


  84. fearthelioninme June 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    amazing!take me with you! That’s being alive!

  85. dawn June 26, 2012 at 12:24 am - Reply

    wow, love your photos!

  86. srisarts June 26, 2012 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Hey, thanks for following my blog. Your photos are fantastic! I just tweeted this one 🙂

  87. Stephanie June 26, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

    These are gorgeous! Love the pics of the giant icicle – and the squirrel!
    Now I want to go explore a cave…

  88. Anita Mac June 26, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Very cool shots. That squirrel nearly jumped right off my computer screen! Looks like some amazing hiking trails – what a great trip. I have never hiked/climbed anything quite that dramatic – would love to one day.

  89. muddledmom June 26, 2012 at 8:48 am - Reply

    I’m glad you did this and took these beautiful photos to share because never in my lifetime will I be brave enough to do this! I started to get panicky just looking at some of these! My next adventure will consist of camping with two other families and biking 17 miles this weekend on a gently sloped but beautiful old logging trail. It’s about all I can handle!

  90. summer picnic June 26, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Well, sir, that is one giant icicle you have there. : ) Your adventures terrify me, but I’m glad you’re enjoying them, so I can enjoy them vicariously. I’ve loved browsing a few posts, mouth agape, and the pictures are amazing (owl, moon, boot, friend tucked in the ledge). My acrophobia demands that I back away from your blog now . . . yikes!

  91. AvaGirl June 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Amazing pics! Just gorgeous and breathtaking!

  92. soumyav June 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking it.. Awesome pictures here..

  93. snowgood June 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    You can’t be using a point n shoot to get photos this good. I’m not fit enough to match your photographic achievements. Last year I went caving for about 4 hours in Tatarstan, great fun but I didn’t get any pictures anything like this. Well done. Love the Squirrel.

  94. elvira sanders June 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Wauw, very impressive cave and photo’s! I’ve just returned from a caving trip to Belgium, where our nearest caves are: they’re very muddy with lots of crawling, nowhere near this spectacular!

  95. John Liming June 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    You are, of course, living the life that I have always wanted to live – – – High adventure and beauty that would stir the soul. Youor pics are absolutely enticing and the blog is a great idea. More More More…always more of this wonderfully stimulating fare. Be safe on your journeys.

  96. gertberkhout June 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Great foto’s! I like the style and also the locations

  97. fsali June 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Love the photos, hope to travel to Canada one day.

  98. on thehomefrontandbeyond June 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    amazing – love the squirrel

  99. markalan June 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Those pics were cool! Loved the caves!

  100. gotmyreservations June 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Got My Reservations and commented:
    These are amazing photos and fearless people. I could not have done this.

  101. dizzy June 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm - Reply


  102. Just Outside the Box Cartoon June 27, 2012 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Very ‘cool’ hiking destination. Now that I’ve rediscovered my sneakers, I’m just one step away from my hiking boots – very tempted to explore the amazing outdoors

  103. marketaz June 27, 2012 at 1:24 am - Reply


  104. sharna sammy June 27, 2012 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Hi! Interesting pics. Looks like the squirrel is saying “shhhh…don’t tell owl you saw me”, and the owl is saying “hey!…don’t tell squirrel you saw me”.
    Beautiful place. You guys are blessed to see such beauty. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  105. June 27, 2012 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Wow! The photo of the guy wedged between two massive rocks look terrifying and thrilling at the same time! Do you know of any good mountain climbing trails in Asia by any chance?

  106. T Hollis June 27, 2012 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for following my Posts!

  107. gabrielgarbowota June 27, 2012 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Wow. I just discovered your blog and my mouth is hanging open. Beautiful photographs, Patrick.

  108. Bob June 27, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Stunning pictures! What a great way to share an exciting experience. Thanks!

  109. Kea Giles June 27, 2012 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Yes indeed – great photos! I esp. like the one with Sarah (?) in the tiny cave, as well as the one of the hiking boot. I’m looking forward someday to go back to Canada and do some hiking and kayaking. I will therefore follow your blog closely! And thanks for following my blog.

  110. hoping4astory June 27, 2012 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on My Life in my 60's and commented:
    Here’s a guy who is not afraid to camp.

  111. hoping4astory June 27, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Looking at these pictures scares me! thanks for your follow.

  112. Nader Nazemi June 27, 2012 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Great Blog.
    I will following this blog.
    My blog:
    Thank you

  113. Elyse June 27, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Wow. I followed you back here after I noticed that you followed my blog. Fabulous pictures, great adventures. I’m envious!

  114. jackcurtis June 27, 2012 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Magnificent country!
    Down at my end of it, our ice caves seem mostly residual lava tubes from vulcanism, centered in desert scrub often as not. Makes for less impressive surroundings though the presence of the ice is perhaps a greater contrast…

  115. lizziebuzziedizzie June 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Beyond awesome:) wish to get there some time!!!

  116. Rachael June 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    My goodness! What an epic day hike. I love your photos. Especially the ones looking back at the entrance.

  117. Jarrad June 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Some stunning photography you have here 🙂

  118. JT June 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Great shots and inspiring, thank you for following my blog and I look forward to living vicariously through you.

  119. merchantofchaos June 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures!

  120. wolfgirl71700 June 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Love the photos, there Beautiful! Oh and thanxs for following my blog and stuff! 😀

  121. Becky C. June 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Wow! Amazing trip! I loved the pic of the owl! If I was younger, I would consider it. But physically, those days are behind me. Thanks for sharing this amazing experience!

  122. pattisj June 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful place! Love the peek at the wildlife at the end. Looks like its time for some new hiking boots for someone! I don’t think I’d do well in such an enclosed place, you are so adventurous!

  123. DannyK June 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Great photographs.
    You should visit Jeita Grotto in Lebanon!

  124. itchierfeet June 28, 2012 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Really nice pics. That giant icicle is amazing. The photo of the squirrel peaking out is very cute! Looked like a fun adventure. Thanks for sharing.

  125. Kill The Boredom June 28, 2012 at 3:03 am - Reply

    Amazing photos guys, totally awesome!

  126. newlife2design June 28, 2012 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Love the post, pics, and the spirit! Want to do this trip, like now!!!

  127. ekisjan June 28, 2012 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Amazing shots. Just a question: You guys did see the Descent, have you not???

  128. ronablackphotography June 28, 2012 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Your photographs are phenomenal.

  129. Adam Garelick June 28, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I think I’m going to start planning a trip to Canada. These are terrific.

  130. cellinlife June 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    OH MY GOD!!!! Unbelievable….you are fantastic ! I wish I could be there!

  131. DoingDewey June 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photos! I love the squirrel pictures the best, although I imagine the pictures from in the cave are the most technically impressive. I haven’t had an opportunity to take cave pics since I got a nice camera, but with my old point-and-shoot it was nearly impossible to get good shots. Yours are so nicely done! Thanks for the follow. I’m excited to follow you back 🙂

  132. stuartamos June 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    That is some truly amazing photography 🙂 ……. and what a spectacular place to be. It must be a wonderful experience. Good work 🙂

  133. Janet Blits June 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Hi. Nice blog.
    I’m usually more of a homebody myself, but your blog has inspired me to explore more of this beautiful planet. Thanks for that.

  134. cazbag June 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Your crack’s amazing haha! and so’s the squirrel, aw. Right, I’m off to explore the karaoke scene of Bogota (hi Jimmy!) with some people I met for 30 minutes yesterday. Wow, my life feels so normal right now. So weird in fact that I’m having homesickness for Barbados which I left on Monday. I was only there a week! Ok, deep breath and step of the cliff of life.

    Anyway, I want to know how I can get your blog into my inbox rather than just my reader which I never remember to look at. Can you help? Caroline

  135. mypinterestingreviews June 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    These pictures are amazing. You are quite the adventurers, and I admire your spelunking hearts! 🙂

  136. Tom Gething June 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad you came to my blog. (Thanks for following me, by the way.) Otherwise, I might not have found your site. These pics are fantastic. Full of life and beauty. My wife wants the chipmunk who stole the M&M. Keep taking pictures. Cheers.

  137. erikankie June 29, 2012 at 10:42 am - Reply

    You just started following me, so I thought, “heh, I’ll check this feller out”…man…You’ve taken me from my desk, to the world you’re so lucky to work in. Thanks for the follow, thanks for the photo’s

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  139. ruiling June 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Its amazing!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  140. besoil June 30, 2012 at 1:32 am - Reply

    I loved this post! So pretty and informative. Me and my boyfriend hike Bug Bend every year. It inspired me to try to get some pictures together and wrote about it. I hope someday we hike this place. Thanks enjoyed!

    • besoil June 30, 2012 at 1:34 am - Reply

      Big Bend National Park…. Big Bug was a typo please forgive my fingers and post this amendment to my post.

  141. starryeyedgem June 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    the owl photo is gorgeous

  142. alexanderthegreatwatson July 2, 2012 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Flattered that you visit “My LIfe in Hard Times” and enjoyed my photoes of the Ohio River. Thanks for subscribing. Welcome Aboard!

  143. thewindykitchen July 2, 2012 at 10:11 am - Reply

    I am jealous, not many hiking opportunities in the Chicago area 🙁 I love your animal pictures, do you use a zoom lens for them?

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  145. Comment1 July 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    That icicle is nuts!

  146. Neil July 27, 2012 at 3:59 am - Reply

    absolutely breathtaking! bravo!

  147. angrygaijin August 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Freaking awesome photos. You capture and experience Canada’s beauty splendidly. 🙂

  148. thesavagearmy August 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Some really great photos here!

  149. cityoftheweek September 2, 2012 at 9:09 am - Reply

    awesome! love love love your adventure posts! keep them coming 😉

  150. Tom Reeder September 5, 2012 at 12:07 am - Reply

    As so many have already said, these are spectacular photographs. And I can tell the world that if my face shows up in pictures like the ones of you guys on the ledge, I was definitely photoshopped in, because I wouldn’t make it there in real life. Congratulations to you who can do it!

  151. Sweet N Sassy Couture Designs September 5, 2012 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Absolutely stunning!!!

  152. dalrie September 5, 2012 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Gorgeous pics! I used to cave with my ex boyfriend. He and his father used to map caves. Was some of the most gorgeous and breathtaking pieces of the natural world I have ever seen.

  153. madsbrooke September 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Your photos are truely incredible, as are your adventures that go with them.
    However I do think i’ll have to read the rest later date when i’m not confined to my office.. haha have a good day! Mads.

  154. efratadenny September 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Extraordinary blog you have here. Stunning.

  155. Will of Heart September 6, 2012 at 5:10 am - Reply

    I can’t take my eyes away with all of your photo, very stunning shots…

  156. tee2envisage September 6, 2012 at 11:36 am - Reply

    My favorite one. The owl!! Ahhh these shots are exquisite ones. Your journey makes me want to go to Canada to hike! BTW, thanks for following. =) Look forward to many more of your postings.

  157. fabiangila September 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    outstanding pictures, it is an awesome place, kool blog man

  158. danfromsquirrelhill September 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I have always had this fear of entering a cave and getting lost and trapped forever. Your pictures are awesome.

  159. lilianne26 September 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Your photos are amazing! 🙂

  160. SummerSolsticeGirl September 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    WOW! I really hope you submitted some of those pictures to Nat Geo. They deserve to be featured in Photo of the Day

  161. Dr. Dale H. Powers September 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Awesome Photo journal. The Owl is fantastic…What a gift to be alive and Living with your LIFE….We are blessed….

  162. yournotmonalisa September 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Every picture is beautiful! I think I said “wow” on every single one. Just wonderful!

  163. pcawdron September 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Your photography is stunning… What a wonderful adventure

  164. Huffygirl September 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    How did she get up there so high? (third photo from the end) And how can I become 20 years younger and start going on these amazing hikes with you? 🙂

  165. hosmanss September 10, 2012 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Fantastic pictures Patrick!

  166. thecaptainnemo September 11, 2012 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Beautiful, almost enough to make me head north for a change 🙂

  167. Ash Park September 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Wow, these shots are gorgeous! such a nice blog to read x

  168. Eileen September 11, 2012 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks, so much. Travel by blog is a delight for a great-grandmother inTennessee. A lovely gift, that’s greatly appreciated.

  169. Michael Magee September 14, 2012 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Awesome shots, I’ve done a bit of hiking around Bragg but I had no idea these caves were there. I guess I should read those guides a bit more carefully, thanks for the blog post!

  170. Kelly Jamrozy September 16, 2012 at 10:07 am - Reply

    They’re all beautiful, but I love the owl!

  171. clientsi September 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Some of these pictures are astounding! Thanks for checking out my blog since I am glad to have found yours!

  172. Lilabell September 17, 2012 at 11:59 am - Reply

    absolutely stunning photography. Mesmerizing. I would love to hike as you do, but I am too ascared. Not enough daredevil. I’ll live vicariously through you.

  173. elettralisboa September 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I think I can learn from your pics. Thanks, enjoy the worls

  174. juliemae6286 September 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    nice one!!! Remarkable shot!! great adventures you’ve got here…..

  175. Lacentua September 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    What a group of fantastic photos. All of your blogs are great, with superb photos. You are quite the adventurer!!! Love it!

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  178. Dwayne Schnell January 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Very nice photos and trip… going up there this summer, thanks to you/this page. I’m in Lethbridge, dad’s in Calgary – we’ll set a date and do it in July.
    The entrance is very similar to Cleft Cave, in the Crowsnest Pass (where we went last summer) (go to my G+ to see some pics).

  179. Paul Piotto March 11, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

    You missed the best caves to the left and under the falls. did fire rescue there,That was amazing.

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