Prairie Mountain

Location: Alberta, Canada
Participants: Jeremy Stroman, Cory van der Linden, Tony, Patrick Latter
Time: 5 Hours
Elevation Gain: 726m
Weather: -5 °C

Directions

22 km west of Bragg Creek, you can turn off highway 66 at the Elbow Falls Parking lot. Park on the North side of the road on the shoulder at the winter closure gates. The trail is well-defined and heads straight up (North) from the highway.

Gear

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

Camera Gear Used:

Story

The trail starts off in trees and with the fresh snow it made for a slippery climb on the steeper sections. Cleats or crampons would have helped here.

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Looking back down at the valley below you could see the Elbow River which leads to falls that are close by.

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We choose this particular hike partly due to the accessibility in the Spring and the large number of geocaches on the trail.

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As we neared the tree line, we spotted a paraglider that had jumped from the summit.

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The snow was quite a bit deeper for the last 150m, but not too much to be trouble.

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The final push to the summit was gradual hike through an area with few trees.

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We stopped at the top for lunch and took a few pictures on the large cairn.

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The Eagle migration takes place in both the Fall and Spring and we were lucky enough to have one pass over head while at the summit. Wish I had brought my telephoto!

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With the sun heading behind the clouds we headed back down the trail.

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With all the trouble we had on the slippery sections of the trail we were surprised to come across someone with a unicycle on their back! They said they were planning on riding it down from the summit, hard to believe considering the conditions.

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By | 2017-06-07T12:57:10+00:00 March 26th, 2013|Day Hikes|77 Comments

77 Comments

  1. Marie Colantoni Pechet March 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Fabulous and fun story – I loved it. Thanks.

  2. cdanie11e March 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    wow! pics from the top are gorgeous!!

  3. jcmarckx2009 March 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    I always joke to my son that Canada is just a myth. It is too beautiful to be a real place.
    Lovely pics!

  4. foresterartist March 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Great shots Patrick!

  5. rtk2368 March 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Great job guys…love the shots, especially the black and white…nice !

  6. prettyprey March 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Breathtaking…

  7. this is lemonade March 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I loved the first photo if they’re trees. Absolutely stunning.

    We have had snow that hasn’t quite melted yet, but it looks nothing like this. What spectacular views and crazy people lol. Paragliding I’d be too scared to do (wimp), but uni-cycling down a mountain? Lol that’s something new to me 😉

  8. sukiesoriginal March 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures! I can’t help wondering what happened with that unicyclist…

  9. FarAway Peach Garden (世外桃源) March 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Glorious photos, including the lunch box. Always looking forward to your post. Thanks!!

  10. lydiaa5656 March 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Well done, beautifully capture.

  11. trialsinfood March 26, 2013 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    wow, beautiful!

  12. Teresa Denton March 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! Your pics are my insiration of the week.

  13. JP McLean March 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Great photos – thanks for sharing. I need to go make a salami and cheese sandwich now.

  14. Aroog March 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    breathtaking

  15. lylekrahn March 27, 2013 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Thanks for taking us along on this. Very cool.

  16. ibdesignsusa March 27, 2013 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Wow, once again wonderful pictures and enjoyed the story behind it. Just Breathtaking from the top!

  17. goyalarpit March 27, 2013 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Great pics. Keep it up!

  18. theINFP March 27, 2013 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on theINFP and commented:
    My favourite photographer/explorer, I hope you enjoy the succinct information and pictures 🙂

  19. Kodiak My Little Grizzly March 27, 2013 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos! Saweeeet story! 🙂 unicycle? Scary!

  20. digger666 March 27, 2013 at 1:37 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on digger666 and commented:
    Yet again, Patrick Latter’s photos leave me seething with envy; his composition and subject matter are the stuff of real dreams.

  21. Rustic Recluse March 27, 2013 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Love the shots of the trees in winter!

  22. jennypellett March 27, 2013 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful, thanks.

  23. pippabiker March 27, 2013 at 2:55 am - Reply

    A unicycle! That must be the oddest thing you have ever seen on a hike, no? If not, please tell me what is!

  24. usedshoe March 27, 2013 at 3:12 am - Reply

    really well done, as usual!

  25. Rexlin Victor March 27, 2013 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Excellent shots!!!

  26. Counsel4Living March 27, 2013 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Patrick, impressive photos. I especially like the salami and marbled cheese snack… smart!

  27. lazylauramaisey March 27, 2013 at 3:29 am - Reply

    I love the first photo. I love ones that are about being covered over and hidden. It makes me think of sitting on the sofa wrapped in a warm blanket when it is cold outside 🙂

  28. Stunning photos!

  29. adruve March 27, 2013 at 4:08 am - Reply

    Nice looking lunch

  30. glynfedwards March 27, 2013 at 4:31 am - Reply

    The opening picture especially is really striking. Your directions of how to get there even read like verse. I am so envious of your place names!

  31. David Kanigan March 27, 2013 at 4:34 am - Reply

    I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Your posts do bring sunshine into my life day after day after day. You can see your nomination here: http://davidkanigan.com/2013/03/27/paying-it-forward-with-sunshine/. No worries if you choose not to accept the award…just know that you are appreciated. Dave

  32. KOA March 27, 2013 at 4:51 am - Reply

    As always amazing photography. Really enjoy your stuff.

  33. carolinesdays March 27, 2013 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Absolutely love the first photo here. Would love to see Canada, it looks magical. Although if it’s cold for me here in Ireland, then I think I wouldn’t be able to hack the weather in Canada!

  34. niki March 27, 2013 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Breathtaking images !

  35. LB March 27, 2013 at 5:40 am - Reply

    Wonder how the dude on the unicycle did? (I need to move to Canada …)

  36. rutakintome March 27, 2013 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Stunning! Thanks for taking me on the journey! 🙂

  37. Gardengirl March 27, 2013 at 6:28 am - Reply

    What a great hike and the scenery is just beautiful! Makes for a pretty perfect day with friends.

  38. kelihasablog March 27, 2013 at 6:31 am - Reply

    What beautiful shots! Snow makes for such lovely photography though, it almost makes me forget how col it is :D. Beautiful work!

  39. ohlidia March 27, 2013 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Gorgeous pics as usual!

  40. cp March 27, 2013 at 7:28 am - Reply

    You are good at this! and I envy your sense of adventure….

  41. rachel bar March 27, 2013 at 7:38 am - Reply

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

  42. inkspeare March 27, 2013 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Wonderland 🙂

  43. Jana Marie March 27, 2013 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Flippin’ gorgeous!!! Love your work…

  44. Author Charmaine Gordon March 27, 2013 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Oh my aching legs just thinking about your trip. Thanks for sharing your experiences through fab pics and narrative.

  45. Anita C. Miller March 27, 2013 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Great shots, great story, I loved “following” sitting in my warm comfy chair sipping coffee! Seriously- very inspiring!

  46. Mark1 March 27, 2013 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Very cool. Thanks!

  47. Scott Sholar March 27, 2013 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing, and God bless you, Jeremy.

  48. Scott Sholar March 27, 2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Sorry, I should have said, “Patrick.”

  49. The Leisure Project March 27, 2013 at 10:11 am - Reply

    More graphic evidence for why we’re moving to Calgary this summer…

  50. theculturalomnivore March 27, 2013 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Stunning work.

  51. windhound March 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Wonder-ful as always.

  52. David March 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    The scenics and panoramas are very stunning. Thanks for “taking us along” on your hike.

  53. pegges March 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I hate snow and since we’ve had snow since last year october already and have had 6 feet so far, I just can’t see it anymore. BUT… those pictures / the landscape is just beautiful 🙂

  54. Brackendale March 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    wow stunning photographs, love the 5th one down could just imagine walking through the snow following the tracks.

  55. meridabill March 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your art. It adds much to my day.

  56. My Life Afterglow March 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Wow!

  57. walksandrambles March 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Looks like a spectacular day! Beautiful scenery as always. Are you ready for some snow- free photography, tho’?!

  58. The Laughing Duck March 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    On top of the world – there’s always going to be crazy goofs of the world too.

  59. intellectchick March 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on intellectchick and commented:
    how beautiful =)

  60. Anna Scott Graham March 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    The second and fifth shots are my faves, but truly, all are spectacular! 🙂

  61. psalmstwentysevenfour March 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks for getting me out of the house again via your photography:)

  62. motioners March 28, 2013 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Beautiful shots as we have come to expect. How long did the round trip take? Love the first photo in the trees. Sweet! bill

  63. Glenda Mills March 28, 2013 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Beautiful, Beautiful panoramic views…thank you for sharing!

  64. chr1 March 28, 2013 at 9:33 am - Reply

    As always, I’m enjoying the photos.

  65. lynnwyvill March 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Photos are spectacular!

  66. Paul Smith March 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    The use of perspective and the uphill angle really make the first shot stand out. Not sure why, but it feels like a scene-setting shot from a science fiction story. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  67. thejourney21 March 29, 2013 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Stunning Shots!

  68. Josh March 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Photo number 5 was particularly mouthwatering. What i’d give to strap in and carve my way down that!

  69. woo1970 April 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shots! I particulary love the first one.

  70. chrisb-jwordsandimages April 5, 2013 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos, feel like I’m travelling too. thanks.

  71. solveig2013 April 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    First time visit on your blog, lasting awe! I like the way you are combining truly remarkable pictures with down to earth information and useful tips on gear and stuff! Will follow!

  72. Alex Khoo April 6, 2013 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Simply awesome pictures!

  73. Cristina April 13, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Absolutely great! 😀
    Awesome hiking!

  74. Saurabh Vyas April 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Amazing stuff mate! Awesome story and nice photos! 🙂

  75. natureanalyst April 27, 2013 at 9:27 am - Reply

    I know this area very well, but seeing it through your eyes gave it a new perspective. I absolutely loved the opening photo of the treeline. It spoke to me enough to view the page and leave a comment. As always, perfection Patrick!

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