Why am I wearing snowshoes here?
Over the past few winters I have often seen snowshoers clanking over rocks and roots on icy foothills trails. Conversely I have also seen winter walkers and runners, trying to run on narrow snowshoe tracks, step off a packed snowshoe trail into knee-deep powder. Here’s a few pointers to help you decide whether to walk or snowshoe. [click to continue…]
Ernst first saw the Rockies as a POW at Camp 130 in the Kananaskis Valley and was hooked. After the war he returned, met his wife here and raised a family. All the while he continued to enjoy the mountains, he and his wife taking up scrambling in their 70s when most people are going on cruises. He is particularly interested in the culture of the First Nations and this is what his new book is about, about the coming of age of a young Kootenay boy, later to be named Running Rain. The slow passing of the seasons and the descriptions of the country — all very familiar to Ernst, are beautifully evoked as the young man “learns the lessons that will mold him into a man he is to become, a man with knowledge of the World, a consciousness of right and wrong, and, most importantly, respect and humility for the land that nourished him.” [click to continue…]