A moderately difficult day hike from the Cougar Creek parking lot in Canmore up to the helipad on Mt Lady McDonald. Part of the trail involves clambering over large rocks and it is quite steep. Thus the descent can be as much work as the ascent. I felt the effects of the descent on my lower muscles for a day after.
A rewarding hike since there are many great views back into Canmore and the Spray Valley beyond in one direction, and Banff and the Bow Valley to the west.
I include the GPS tracks for my ascent and descent. The descent was on a steeper and more direct route that eventually joined the trail taken on the way up.
I used http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/ to create a Google Map to show my route. Photos from the hike are attached to the post on the trail and here are a couple of the group starting out, eating lunch at the helipad, and me at the helipad.
I purchased the Garmin etrex Legend Cx about 4 months ago. Interesting experience from the cost comparison point of view. I went first to M.E.C. where the price was $365 but they did not have any in stock. Across the street at Coast Mountain the price was $395. Coast gave me the M.E.C. price and referred me to MapTown to pick up the Garmin Mapsource Topographical Maps. When I get to MapTown I see the same unit I bought the night before for $250. My jaw nearly hit the floor. For some reason I never bother price comparing anything I plan to buy at M.E.C.. Lesson learned. Coast Mountain was good and refunded me the difference. The result is that the unit cost me $250 but last time I was at MapTown it was selling for $280.
I received an email the other day from an avid hiker who had been using his GPS to record his routes only to discover that the data seemed to be unusable. When I first bought my unit I went out and did a couple of hikes and found myself facing the same frustration. The problem is that there is a difference between active tracks and saved tracks that are created when using the Garmin products.
I made my first venture to R.E.I. today. I was impressed with the variety of equipment at this store. One of the things I would like to start with this site is equipment reviews by people that actually use the gear for an extended period. So if you have some gear that you want to comment on, positive or negative, please comment on it in the Forum. I picked up a few items which I will do a post for once I have used the items for more than a single hike or two. The one thing that R.E.I. had that M.E.C. lacks was a wall full of equipment for dogs including the widest selection of backpacks for dogs that I have come across. I want to do a couple of fast packs with my dog this year and you better believe the dog will be carrying her own gear. No freeloaders allowed. I also saw some sleeping pads for dogs which I did not know you could buy.
This picture below was the most bizarre item I have seen in some time. Manufactured by Cool Pooch it is advertised as “The Original Sport Water Bottle for the Dog & Owner on the Go.”