Mount Yamnuska

Attempt Date: January 19, 2013
Participants: Jeremy Stroman, Cory van der Linden, Patrick Latter
Distance: 7.9 km
Elevation Gain: 960m
Max Elevation: 2230m
Time: 7 Hours
Weather: -5ºC (23ºF)

Directions

From Calgary head west on highway 1 and then take exit 114 to highway 1X, after 3.5km turn right onto Highway 1A. The turn off for Yamnuska is on the left.

Gear

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

Map

Thank you Cory for providing the map and graph!

Map1

Map2

Story

As we made our way through the birch trees at the beginning of the trail, the very low lying clouds seemed to be promising near white conditions at the peak.

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The higher we climbed the thicker the fog seemed to get, until we could no longer see below us.

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As we neared the bottom of the towering south east face, we began to break through the top layer of clouds. The morning sun bathing the looming rock wall was a welcome sight.

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It wasn’t long before we were well above the clouds and had an amazing view of the fog covered prairies with the lower part of Yamnuska just peeking out.

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Geocaching involves using a mobile GPS systems to play a sort of digital version of hide and seek with containers. These ‘caches’ can be found all over the world and there were number of them hidden on and around mount Yamnuska. Using the coordinates given and sometimes a helpful hint, we managed to find a few of them that day. The containers range in size from a small film canister to much larger metal cases.

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Inside you’ll have a logbook and usually some random trinkets. Everybody signs the log and you later go online and sign the digital log for the cache as well.

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As we made our way towards the summit, you have to keep an eye out for a pile of rocks and some sticks– these mark the section that must be traversed with the aid of chain bolted to the wall.

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The chain is needed to navigate the very narrow ledge safely. With a 4-5m drop below, you have to give your full attention to this portion of the hike.

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The final ridge walk to the summit offers amazing views of the surrounding Rockies and prairies. On a clear day you can even see downtown Calgary.

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The preferred route for Yamnuska is a loop that has you come back around the front face from other side. The sun was now setting and most of the earlier fog had dissipated.

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We had to hike a little ways off the trail, but we found one final geocache just as we were losing the last bit of light.

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By | 2013-04-26T08:56:02+00:00 January 22nd, 2013|Photo Stories|132 Comments

132 Comments

  1. Barbara Backer-Gray January 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! And nice that they have a chain on a ledge like that, so non-mountain climbers can do the trail, too.

  2. activetravelpro January 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Love your story. I accidentally found a cache in New Brunswick in a National park. Wrote my name and the date on it but couldn’t manage to find it online later. Cool hobby, tho! Hanks for sharing.

  3. tickertapemind January 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Wonderful. I do enjoy the fruits of your travels. Geocaching, treasure hunts for grown ups :o)

  4. photographyartplus January 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Photography Art Plus.

  5. photographyartplus January 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Woww wonderful pictures!

  6. barryh2010 January 22, 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Good trip. Good blog. When did you go?

  7. Colleen January 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Amazing photographs. 1,000 meter gain? That’s some climb!

  8. Penny January 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. I especially like the Black and white photos. You guys are brave!

  9. Sheila Morris January 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Wow – awesome views…

  10. Sandra January 22, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Amazing and beautiful.

  11. Honor Your Spirit January 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Breathtaking doesn’t seem to quite cover it.

  12. jjotter January 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    OMG. The views are so beautiful. Patrick, I wish I had the courage to climb all those mountains! I think I would’ve had a panic attack hanging on to that chain. I’d love the tranquility fo’ sho’!

  13. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words January 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photo!

  14. adinparadise January 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Absolutely awesome photos, and you had me holding my breath, seeing you walking around that narrow ledge. Great going! 🙂

  15. John January 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Beautiful country! Oh Canada!

  16. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine January 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Quite the hike 🙂

  17. myritingboard January 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    lOVE THE PICTURES. l IIKE THE CHAIN, I’D HOLD ON AND WALK THAT. WTG

  18. Kathy January 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Love the photos. Kept me on the edge of my chair with those “ledge” images. whew. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Heather January 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    stunning photos…

  20. lisavail January 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I swear, I live vicariously through you and your adventures, man!

  21. susielindau January 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    How much further Mr. Frodo?
    Fab photos!

  22. disperser January 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    That looked like fun.

  23. Deb January 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Great to see you are geocaching. Have you found “you can’t touch this” just outside of the park gate by Banff yet?

  24. Sara January 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    That’s so beautiful but it would scare the crap out of me. Especially the part with the chain. That’s intense.

  25. Erin Bartels January 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    This is amazing. We used to geocache fairly frequently but never in a place like that. 🙂

  26. weekdaydinnermom January 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Phenomenal photography.. wow! Very beautiful captures!

  27. bearspawprint January 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on bearspawprint.

  28. neelkanth January 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Both graphics and the photos are a masterpiece.

  29. ag January 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    That section with the chain is where I turn around 🙂
    Thanks for showing cowards like me such spectacular scenery to enjoy without leaving my home.

  30. zelmare January 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Oh wow! Stunning!

  31. heartkillslogic January 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Wow… gorgeous! Love geocaching =]

  32. Kodiak My Little Grizzly January 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Really cool photos!!!

  33. sherijkennedyriverside January 22, 2013 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Extraordinarily awesome! The chain-walk looked daunting but amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  34. digger666 January 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on digger666 and commented:
    Patrick Latter delivers another piece to pique my envy.

  35. MrsBoardwell January 23, 2013 at 12:23 am - Reply

    That chain!!! Reading your blog makes me wanna pack up and move to Canada. Great shots ^_^

  36. rena1021 January 23, 2013 at 12:27 am - Reply

    Oh wow, I think that ledge would’ve left me petrified… eek!! 😉 But the views surely made up for a little panic…?

  37. vyvacious January 23, 2013 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Gorgeous photos. I loved how they’re all linked together in a story.

  38. garrylengthorn January 23, 2013 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Fantastic scenery.

  39. notmsparker January 23, 2013 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on KREUZBERG´D and commented:
    The weather in Kreuzberg hardly permits any cycling that would not end up in me confirming the unyielding power of gravitation by placing my bottom on the odd pavement in a painful and startling manner.

    But while I am trekking around Berlin thinking how hard it is to walk in all that muddy or icy snow, other people go walking in slightly tougher conditions. And they take some magnificent photos to boot.
    Have a look at Canadian mountains through Patrick’s lenses.

  40. Wingclipped January 23, 2013 at 1:52 am - Reply

    There’s a bit of a speed spike in the graph on your descent – I hope you didn’t trip over a cache and fall part of the way down the mountain!

  41. Ms Margaret Friday January 23, 2013 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Awesome photos. It’s been a while since the last time I went hiking in winter, I’d have loved to join you.

  42. Lisa January 23, 2013 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Wow you guys are brave!! Awesome pics!!!

  43. The Palladian Traveler January 23, 2013 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Patrick – Another impressive documentation on your latest trek around the peaks and valleys.

  44. elizabeththomasphotographyofcapecod January 23, 2013 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Spectacular images!

  45. the eternal traveller January 23, 2013 at 3:40 am - Reply

    What a fun adventure, in spectular surroundings.

  46. kathibook January 23, 2013 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Wow! Thank you for showing me parts of my country that I would normally never experience!

  47. Scott Mitchell January 23, 2013 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Simply awesome

  48. patgarcia January 23, 2013 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Hi,
    Congratulations on taking such wonderful pictures. I admire you. I don’t think I could climb that high although I have done some high climbs in Northern Italy.
    All the best for 2013.
    Ciao,
    Patricia

  49. Nikitaland January 23, 2013 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Patrick, Your life is just amazing! I know that you don’t have time to respond, but I wanted you to know that ever since I started following your blog, I have seen some of the most beautiful places in the world…. all thanks to you! Have a great day & stay safe!

  50. Pairodox Farm January 23, 2013 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Nice job Patrick. D

  51. mobius faith January 23, 2013 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Fantastic journey.

  52. ckponderings January 23, 2013 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Stunning! A great trek and some beautiful – and hair-raising – images! 🙂

  53. simpleandcute January 23, 2013 at 7:17 am - Reply

    YOUR PICTURES ARE AMAZING… WHAT A NICE JOB, THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US 🙂

  54. jharris January 23, 2013 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Absolutely love all your photos. Incredible quality and each one tells a story!

  55. ericanichole January 23, 2013 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Whoa! These are stunning! (And some of them quite frightening!)

  56. Message In A Fold January 23, 2013 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Your photographs are always amazing, this post is no exception. In fact, the photo showing the chain mounted to the rock face is nothing short of breath taking.

    Lesile

  57. saralinneahelen January 23, 2013 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Can. Not. Wait. To get to Canada. Thanks for the inspiration Patrick.

  58. hunting for bliss January 23, 2013 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Awesome hike and photos!!

  59. Lynne Ayers January 23, 2013 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Stunning photos to be had for those not faint of heart …

  60. fotogfoodie January 23, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Awesome! I love geocaching!

  61. lensandpensbysally January 23, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Truly mesmerizing and courageous–images are inspiring.

  62. colormusing January 23, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Spectacular!!

  63. David January 23, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Fantastic photos.
    I don’t know about walking the narrow ledge though. 🙂

  64. Sherbear January 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Stunning photos!

  65. this is lemonade January 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Beautiful birches, stunning stunning. And geocaching looks like such a great idea. I’d read the word around the internet but didn’t actually understand what it was all about. What a fabulous education I get via this site 😉

  66. Skuggs January 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos as always, and I LOVE geocaching. There is one tantalisingly close to home that I can’t access because its up a massive oak tree. I can’t reach the first branch and I’m not as agile as I used to be! Maybe I’ll take a ladder this weekend 😉

  67. thenewamericanlondoner January 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    This is so cool, especially the geocaching thing. It looks like such an amazing adventure and stunning pictures as always.

  68. April January 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! And that path with the chain ,made my hands go clammy..eek!

  69. tywood12 January 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    What size can we buy these pictures in

  70. Denise January 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Your photos are such a welcoming break in my day. We are privileged that you take the time to share your talent with us so that we can enjoy it! Your photos are always amazing. We get to experience a “visual taste” of the world outside our own. Thank you! Thank you!

  71. westseventhfreelance January 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Must echo others…”hair raising”, “amazing” also gorgeous. I really, really love the tree shots and the slight swell of the mountain rising out of the clouds…

  72. LuiZ FernandoS January 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos. Thanks there are such crazy people who go up there to show us

  73. killkaties January 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    The fog in the third picture gives an amazing quality to the image, doing some really interesting things and helping to make the foreground really ping out.

  74. jonathangarciagarcia23 January 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Living the dream. Living the DREAM!

  75. words4jp January 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    thanks for the pics of the geocaches – my two boys are geocache fanatics – they are going to dig your photos.

  76. ManicDdaily January 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    You must have a wonderful time taking these photos. I am sorry not to be in a position to buy–they are lovely and I wish you all luck in sales. k.

  77. Bri* January 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    So inspiring! It must be so empowering to go to such beautiful places and then take such amazing photos!

  78. OhTemp January 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Holy moly! You guys are awesome! People do this really!? “Man, you come straight out of a comic book” lol 🙂

  79. Vicki T January 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    These photos took my breath away. Wow!

  80. mydailyminefield January 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Love the picture of the birch trees!

  81. the mommy files January 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Your pictures are amazing. Looks like beautiful country. Thank you for stopping by my blog. So glad you enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

  82. Cherry MaMa January 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    you kick major ass! Just went through your pictures… You are just too spicy for the peppers!

  83. J M Naszady January 23, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your mountaineering adventure. It looks fabulous! Thanks also for visiting and following my blog.

  84. cdanie11e January 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    wow, just wow … amazing pics!

  85. damianfuller January 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    The geocaching sounds really cool. Going to go google that right now! I checked out some of your other posts – Love all you rnight shots, the stars and the steel wool pics. You seem to have a knack for low light!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing these pics of yours.

  86. the Gunslinger Poet January 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    you’re inspiring me to get out there and brave the cold! such beautiful pictures, as always.

  87. walism January 24, 2013 at 12:33 am - Reply

    awesome trek… love the pics’ and thanks for the share.

  88. shapeofthingstoni January 24, 2013 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos as always and a fab-looking trip. I will be happy once the injuries that plagued me all last year are done healing up and I can start getting back out into places like this (though much smaller and tamer here in Tassie!)

  89. Terri January 24, 2013 at 1:48 am - Reply

    This is such a cool blog post! I’ve never seen a blog like this 🙂 Amazing photos too x

  90. sukiesoriginal January 24, 2013 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Our weather – 30.9 C…Loving seeing all your very cool pictures!The slanting light on the rock faces is beautiful.

  91. harrienijland January 24, 2013 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Amazing trip(s); amazing surroundings; amazing photo’s! Keep going; cheers, harrie

  92. warblerific January 24, 2013 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Love the post, the images, and geocaching. Look forward to your posts every day, and pass along the link to all my photographer and outdoor-enthusiast friends, as inspiration and motivation. Beautiful work, as always.

  93. Real real me January 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Pro!

  94. masterd78 January 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos! That section with the chain looks crazy!

  95. LisaAR January 24, 2013 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    You always have such beautiful photos…the “last bit of light” sky one is simply stunning. Gorgeous.

  96. beautifulimages January 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Wow, amazing pictures and amazing scenery in all your photos. I am from Australia and it seems incredible that here we are in a heatwave with 40 C and on the other side of the world you are in snowstorms!

  97. GeoKs January 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Haven’t hiked Yamnuska since July 2007. Look’s like a completely different experience in the winter…but then again, I loved the scree jumping on the way down and that might not be possible with a winter hike. Thanks for sharing.

  98. swimmer4ife January 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is really intense hiking. I do a bit of hiking and geo-caching to. I’ll do a post about the hiking soon. That is really amazing!

  99. Tom Reeder January 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    And at the top you stayed at the Holiday Inn, right? Kidding, of course — you are practically the living definition of “adventure travel”. Beautiful shots, as always.

  100. jgann22 January 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I love all your photos ! You are great 🙂

  101. kimberlyharding January 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I am sure you get these comments all the time- but you have such a way of enabling us to enter your world. It really is beautiful.

  102. jaydrinkall January 25, 2013 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Really beautiful!

  103. Reham Al-Enezi January 25, 2013 at 5:06 am - Reply

    these are breathtaking

  104. aaronjamestrotter January 25, 2013 at 7:17 am - Reply

    I absolutely love Geocaching! This sounds like my dream caches. Your photography is brilliant too. Thoroughly enjoyed this. TFTF 😉

  105. Lundie January 25, 2013 at 7:54 am - Reply

    So amazingly beautiful. I envy you the best kind of caching!! Thanks for sharing this kind of beauty!

  106. ourjourneytothesea January 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Wow! Looks amazing. Looks cold as well!!

  107. Cindy January 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    You’ve got quite an amazing talent! We are big geocaching fans. It is so much more exciting when you have to work to reach a cache.

  108. poeticjourney January 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    You take some beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing them with us. God Bless 🙂

  109. Taylor M. Forester January 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    When I saw the sunset photo in my reader, I thought for a moment that you had taken up painting! Thank you for sharing your journey with those of us not brave enough to scamper across that ledge….

  110. timothywpawiro January 26, 2013 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Stunning view of the mountain!
    Interesting info about that ‘digital hide and seek’ 🙂
    How many logbook have u signed? 😀

  111. morgansherrah January 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Love them all… reminds of some of the scary hiking routes up some Chinese mountains.

  112. emanonblogger January 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Nice photos, looks like an amazing hike!!

  113. Will of Heart January 27, 2013 at 5:58 am - Reply

    fantastic journey with amazing photos…

  114. AmyS January 27, 2013 at 11:19 am - Reply

    beautiful!

  115. autumnshire January 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous!!

  116. cp January 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I am glad that you are safe and sound, but also thrilled that you do this…your photography is breathtaking. Truly. I love the birches.

  117. Chanda jane January 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Stunning just stunning

  118. walnut95 January 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    just the thought of that ledge with the chains made me feel ill when i read it ! when i saw the photos I felt even worse – much worse.!!! Dont know how you do stretches like that ! superb phtographs as usual, thanks.

  119. Huffygirl January 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Looks like an amazing hike and stunning photos.

  120. wilmarbro93 January 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Wow it’s realy beautifull there. If got to visit the rockies once!

  121. Ranndomized January 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous shots!

  122. Jessica January 29, 2013 at 1:43 am - Reply

    Wow! Just wow!

  123. phrenicautonomy January 29, 2013 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on Patricia C Durham and commented:
    Again, another example of beautiful landscape photography. The intensity of the colour appeals to me. this is also a relevant image which could be used as a reference point for the concept of spiritual growth, as it gives a dreamlike quality and their is a connotation to this aspect within the clouds/sky…

  124. paperplane January 29, 2013 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I recently started indoor rock climbing (and I know it’s not the same), but one day I would like to attempt the outdoors. The determination, the mental preparedness, the achievements once on top are empowering. Love your photos.

  125. JustBreathe January 29, 2013 at 11:12 am - Reply

    WOW> amazing.

  126. SkyscraperInPumps January 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Your work is ALWAYS breathtaking…

  127. Heather January 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    What an adventure! I’ve been wondering about geo-caching. Cool!

  128. muddledmom February 1, 2013 at 5:42 am - Reply

    That chain! Wow, are you kidding me? Thanks for the photos so I don’t have to take that route. 😉

  129. chrisb-jwordsandimages February 1, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Stunning photos.

  130. Jennie February 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    love geocaching! beautiful photos!

  131. thewritingmom February 9, 2013 at 7:42 am - Reply

    It has been a very long time since I have seen more than a solitary decorative birch tree in someone’s front lawn. The birch tree photo brought me joy!

  132. Vlad October 10, 2016 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Great write-up and beautiful photography.

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