I have a huge backlog of posts. Life has been busy! I'm not sure that October is looking much better...
I wanted to share some photos of climbing Edith Cavell. Unfortunately, it snowed quite a bit the week before our attempt and we got about halfway up before turning back. On the drive home, my husband mentioned a statistic that success rates in alpine climbing are usually only about 1/7... which I totally disputed until I thought about my climbing history and realized, disappointingly, that he's right. I guess sometimes it really is more about the journey.
The views were pretty amazing. I took this photo looking back towards the highway. The grey clouds in the distance are not the most comforting sight when you're halfway up a big mountain. It started raining/snowing about 15 minutes after we got back down.
Most of the first part of the climb consisted of scrambling over blocky rocks. As we got higher, we started to find big drifts of loose, unconsolidated snow.
We climbed back down the same way we had come up. The guidebook lists an alternate descent route if you make it to the summit that essentially involves walking almost all the way around the mountain. If you're comfortable with downclimbing, I think this way is a lot faster.
This little guy greeted us when we got back down to the morraine. It's a marmot! He seemed to have no fear and walked right up to us and started nibbling on a patch of grass.
My husband took these photos at the Jasper Park Lodge the day before. The dress is Anthropologie from last summer, and my husband thinks it looks like a vintage tablecloth. I have to admit, I do find this dress kind of frumpy. I'm not sure if it's because of the length, the shape or the thick frilly border at the bottom.
Dress: Anthropologie Mallorca Midi Dress
Shoes: Nine West, old