Canadian National Team training camp -day 3

Day 3

In my opinion most good days in the mountains start at a coffee shop with a nice breakfast and strong coffee.  I knew it was going to be a good one as the skies parted walking out of the Bagel Co. in Canmore cappuccino in hand.

 To change things up a bit and to give the folks heading west at the end of the day we decided on the Mt Temple circuit in Lake Louise.  The run starts through Paradise Valley heads over Sentinel Pass to Larch Valley and Morraine lake.  It’s a beautiful run where you get a good look at some prime Rockies classic ski-mountaineering descents like the Aemmer and Cobra couloirs on Temple as well as the 3/3.5 couloir in the Valley of the Ten pks.

After the monster day previous we were keen to keep the effort well within zone 1, so we could be afforded the chance to take in the views(of what we could see through the clag) and chat about the season ahead.  Conditions were fairly civil until we climbed up to Lake Annette and hit the snow line, once there the crew donned our jackets and ran the lightly falling fluffy stuff.  The trail up the col takes you all the way up to 2550 meters and we hardly took a moment to grab a bar, take a picture and point it down the other side.  After a hundred meter snow/scree slog up the north side we were thrilled to be able to open it up down the perfect trail grade on the south.

I also think that any good day in the mountains finishes at a bakery with a tasty treat so we hopped to when Steve suggested we head over to Laggans Bakery.  The last day was definitely my favorite day of the camp, we finished with big smiles and ready to head home to our busy lives.

I enjoy the fall camp quite a bit, it’s the start of a transition time for us where we refocus our energy and shift our training in preparation for winter mode.  Which judging by the weather, is right around the corner.


4 Responses

  1. Looked awesome, pissed I missed out! Nice work.

  2. yah Al, It was pretty fun. pumped to race and start training with some intensity again… I’m trying to figure out a winter/on-snow camp in November around these parts. More soon

  3. Hey Canadians! Looking for some info on the GAH Skimo Race for Dec 4-5. Will there be snow?

    • Hey Jared. the esplanades are in quite a snow belt there, depth shouldn’t be a problem! the lodges are all at or above treeline too so you don’t really need to deal with alder bashing. You coming up to the snowy white north?

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