Missinglink mountain is a fabulous summit with extensive views of the Front Ranges all the way from the Highwood to the Elbow! Taking advantage of the fall weather we hiked up there on October 23rd to be greeted by an impressive, well-constructed inukshuk. A few days later we received an email from Joanne Godfrey of the Sheep River Ramblers, a group of whom had hiked to the summit on October 27th and found to their “great shock and sadness” the inukshuk had been destroyed. “The rocks just didn’t fall down — they were thrown everywhere”.
So sometime between our visit on the 23rd and the Ramblers on the 27th someone decided to dismantle the inukshuk and scatter the stones widely around the area. This doesn’t sound like vandals, who might have kicked it down, but are unlikely to have done such a thorough dismantling job.
We have been aware for some time that there are hikers around who seem to feel that cairns are out of place in the mountains. Some years ago, all the big cairns on Jumpingpound ridge that helped people navigate in bad weather (before there was a trail and GPS), were dismantled and the rocks widely scattered. Summit cairns have also been removed from several Kananaskis Country summits.
Do you get pleasure from a well built cairn, or do you think that they, along with flagging and trail signs, are out of place and detract from your outdoor experience?