We have been camping at Tunnel Mountain in Banff townsite for a few days during cold, blustery weather. But Thursday was a bright sunny day, good for our last long hike up to Stanley Glacier. The trail travels steadily uphill through an area of forest fire both in 1968 and 2003. We have never hiked through a burn area with new growth before – we liked the openness with views of the valleys around us.
The fires did not reach the subalpine forest.
Rocks and ice broke off from the Stanley Peak cliffs every few minutes while we ate lunch. It seemed to be a somewhat unstable area. When we returned to the trailhead, we noticed a sign warning that explosives are used in the area to control avalanches and if we were to run across an unexploded device, not to touch it and report to the warden! We didn’t see any.
As we have been posting these photos today in the Banff Public Library, we noticed a magazine in the rack next to us called the Avalanche Journal – a whole periodical devoted to avalanches! Topics include education, seminars, training conferences, canine rescue units, using explosives, forecasting, history, editorials, etc. Who knew? A whole journal devoted to the topic – we flatlanders were unaware.