Jul, Aug, Sep
Meet at Calgary International Airport, drive to Banff to spend the night at the International Hostel. Gear sort and preparation for the trip.
We drive out to Kootenay National Park (2.5 hours). Then we hike in our longest day, but with the least elevation – 14.6km, and up 400m of gain. This gradual start to the trail takes us past the orange Paint Pots, and then steadily up the creek to Helmet Falls campground.
This is our double-pass day. We start with a steady climb past the high Helmet Falls, and over Limestone Junction, then pass some alpine lakes before continuing up to the high point at Rockwall Pass, and descending its other side to Tumbling Creek. In total, we gain 700m and lose 500m, over the 13km day
This is our shortest day, making for a nice mid-trip recovery. We have a short, steep 350m ascent through Tumbling Pass, which is broad and wonderful for lingering with brilliant meadows and a huge glacier. We then descend 700m to our lowest campground at Numa Creek – where we can change up the evening with a fire!
Today we will hike from the bottom to the top, as we gain 900m over a long, steady 7km ascent to Numa Pass – the highest point of the trail, with a spectacular view of our day’s destination – Floe Lake, and back across the rest of the passes. It’s an incredible place for photos, before we descend 300m in 2.5km to camp at the incredible lake. This campground is definitely the highlight evening!
Over 10.7km, we descend 700m through the 2003 forest fire burn, which is now covered with fireweed. A beautiful end to the trip! We will rendezvous and shuttle back to Banff for dinner and drinks and to celebrate an amazing backpack trip.
2 nights at Banff International Hostel or similar and camp during the trek
Alpine Air Adventures is an independent mountain guiding business run by Jeff Bullock. I am a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide, with my training and certification through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and the Canadian Avalanche Association.
We specialize in outdoor Banff adventures including: rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses and improvised rope rescue courses.
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