Planning on heading off to the Canadian Rockies on 4th September and hope to get in touch with anyone else who is going.
Hi Julie My name is Bob, and my wife Ruth and I are on the same trip we have been looking forward to it since last November. This is our first walking holiday with Exodus, we usually go with HF so this will be a new set up for us. Have you been with Exodus before and if so were the leaders OK, HF leaders seem to have gone down hill.
Hi Bob and Ruth,
Yes, I've been with Exodus before, 3 times now. I've always found the leaders to be great so hopefully this trip will be no different.
Looks like its just the three of us then, where else have you been with Exodus?
Hi Julie, hi Bob and Ruth,
I'm Elsie, and I'm also booked to hike those Rockies. A little bit worried about my fitness - I do a lot of walking, but not really on this scale - so I've been stepping up my fitness routine!
It's my first holiday of this type, so I'm really excited, and also slightly apprehesive...
I, too, am feeling a little apprehensive. I haven't slept under canvas for years and am hoping it won't be too cold at night! I always worry about my fitness before we go on a walking holiday but it always seems to work out OK in the end.
I've done trips to Tuscany and the Pyrenees and then did the Mont Blanc Circuit all with Exodus. It's been a while now since the last trip so will need to step up the fitness level for sure. Have you done any similar trips?
Nice to hear from you. Although I've done walking in the past it's been quite a while now so a little bit apprehensive too about the fitness level. Need to get myself moving for sure. I've counted the weeks until the holiday so should hopefully manage not to be at the end of the group all the time :-)
We have also done the Pyrenees, Alps and the Dolomites all with HF. Over the last few years we have got into long distance footpaths in the UK and have now done five. Last year we did Wainrights Coast to Coast, very enjoyable. As a training trip this year we are going to do the first half of Offa's Dyke in May.
Hi Julie and Elsie,
Why is it only us women who worry about their fitness? And just to let you both know - I think you may have to fight me for bringing up the rear, especially up hill! I'm very excited about going to Canada for the first time and looking forward to seeing bears.
Hi all. Met a lady on our Offa's dyke walk a few weeks ago, she was from Calgary. She says that the scenery iswonderful, and that in September we could expect a bit of snow. I will have to rethink my wardrobe, and pack my sledge....
Hi Julie, Ruth, Bob and Elsi, I am Penelope and my husband Nick and I are also joining the trip and looking forward to it. We walked in Patagonia last year and slept in tents for the first time in years! Luckily the combination of fresh air and exercise meant we slept like babies despite the cold and the rocky ground! See you all in September
This forum caught my eye ~ I live just outside of Edmonton ~ reading your concerns about the snow ~ September tends to be the most beautiful time of year in the mountains, but snow is always a possibility ~ 12 months of the year ~ really! However, you are not likely to get heaps of it in September. It does get cool in the evenings though ~ not likely less than zero C. The only word of caution I would have is do not try to pet the wildlife ~ they are very used to people (in town) and as such you can get quite close, but they are wild ~ the elk are especially fast with their front hooves ~ they are more likely to strike you than charge, as opposed to the Big Horn sheep ~ more likely to charge. Bears are not a problem unless you are not making any noise and surprise one ~ all I can say is there is a reason people carry bear bells. Available in almost every store in the parks. That said ~ in almost all cases, the wildlife are far more frightened of you and want to keep their distance. The other thing to keep in mind ~ this is Alberta ~ we live by this motto ~ "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes". Enjoy your trip ! Cheers, Kelly
And then there were Seven...The Magnificent Seven! I'm Adrian. Hi Julie, Bob, Ruth, Elsie, Penelope and Nick. I get the impression several of us want to take up the rear position due to a possible lack of fitness...I also like this position because I hate stopping in the line if I want to take some pictures, it can cause a "hiker jam!" Will it be trek poles at dawn to sort out our positions? Nice to meet you all, even though it is through the ether! Looking forward to a great trip and good company. Regards ADRIAN
You mentioned large animals, how about the small beasts that always bite me. Will there be midges at this time of the year and would you recommend anti midge spray.
Canada's cold takes care of the bugs for the most part. In summer, the mosquitos are the bane of our existence, by September they should be all gone, especially in the parks. In the Waterton park area, ticks can be problematic in the summer months, but much less so once there is a good killing frost. September can be zero or plus 25, so it is likely some ticks will still be around when you are here. But this is only in the south, we don't get them in the north (Banff/Jasper). Keep your pants tucked into your socks or use gaiters for tramping in the long grass/woods and no worries. That said, I have never experienced a problem with ticks in Waterton, but the parks do make you aware that they are present. Other than that, we are not a terribly buggy place. Take care and enjoy.
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