Today was so magical. Get outside and earn your views. 24k round trip, shale switchbacks for miles, straight incline, and wire cables as your only option to hug the mountain tightly. What a day. Looking forward to the next 10 days of outdoors & so stoked to have Crypt off the bucket list 🙏🏼🌿🌲🌱🌞🏔🏃🏼♀️
Some more from today's adventure with @stryde.performance. The day started off with an early drive to the national park. After buying tickets ($26 return) to the boat to crypt landing, we geared up and caught the ferry to the dock on the east side of the lower Waterton lake. Crypt Lake trail heads southwards towards the USA border along the east side of the valley floor, passing by Twin falls and Hell Roaring Canyon, before emerging into a more exposed section of trail which climbs gradually to a steel ladder fixed to the cliff side. The ladder gives climbers access to a 60 foot long natural tunnel that emerges onto an exposed cliff face. With the assistance of a steel cable, we traversed the cliffs and arrived at Crypt Lake itself. After a short visit at the lake we headed back down the Crypt Lake trail for about two kilometers and turned west, crossing the valley, the stream and bush-whacking for about 20 minutes. We eventually started to climb the. eastern slopes of Mount Boswell, but finding ourselves a little further south of the best route to the summit we had to traverse southward until we made the false summit and ridge. We spent about 30 minutes at the summit before descending the steep and somewhat sketchified scree slopes back towards the valley floor and on to crypt lake trail. We got back to the dock at 4pm and waited for the next boat! Mount Boswell is not an easy climb because of the difficulty in finding a decent pathway up the mountain and safely back down. Experienced hikers only! Post run pizza was incredible. Awesome adventure. Bring lots of water. We both ran out and drank from an alpine stream. #altra#watertonlakesnationalpark#2xucompression
Last year we came to Waterton and heard about this hike and put it on our bucket list. Today we did it together. 11 miles, several beautiful falls 2500 feet of elevation gain and my favorite part....the steel ladder and the cable on the very edge of a cliff!! So glad I shared this with my best friend today @pappabuck 😓👊😘❤️
Crypt lake Hike was voted top 20 in the world by Nat Geo in 2014/17. If you don’t mind walking for 6+ hours, watching waterfalls, beautiful canyons, climbing ladders, crawling through a tunnel and going for a swim in a lake...you might want to consider a different hike. 😂
Celebrating the day I became a quarter of a century old! 😊 And since these pictures each deserve an individual caption: 1. Dancing through life! 2. My girl. ❤️ 3. Wouldn’t be the same without my adventure buddies! 4. 25: The great unknown 5. Livin my mermaid fantasy 6. The Great Stone Dra-Bear! 8. My family ❤️ We didn’t get a group pic, but it was so special for me to have them come all the way up to Waterton to celebrate with me. I love you! 9. Aunt Mary: My hero. 10. This show was my all-time London favourite. I ordered this back in May - and it came just in time for my birthday! Huzzah! Thanks once again for the birthday wishes. :) It was one for the books! @watertonlakesnationalpark #cryptlake#25thanniversaryofmybirth#ilearnediwasalmostnamedsophia#imgoingonanadventure#birthdaycake#friendsandfamily#thegrinningman#happywanderer
Lovely little hike in the heat for my birthday in August. If you look closely you can see Susans soul trying to escape...she was not having the best time. +30 hikes are not her thing apparently but she soldiered on. Proud of my girl.
It’s time for a comPUNtition! *Read Pun Contest Details & A Giveaway Below* ⠀ As you might be aware, I enjoy a few cringe-worthy chuckles of dad-joke flavoured lines here and there. I’ve decided to giveaway the coffee beans I got while I was in Africa as a prize to the winner with the best pun for this photo! ⠀ The prize: An organic, non-GMO coffee bean bag hand-picked by the local farmers from the base of the biggest mountain in Africa (Kilimanjaro). I didn’t buy it from a store, we got it directly from a @Braventure connection with a local farmer. If you like coffee and puns this one is especially for you! ⠀ Contest steps: ⠀ 1. Comment on this photo with your puns (you can submit as many as you like). It’s a photo of Ben drinking out of a @Lifestraw in a stream up in Waterton ⠀ 2. I will give each comment with a ‘palm-face rating’🤦🏽♂️ out of 5. The more palmface 🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️ you get the better chance you get selected to the top 2 ⠀ 3. Top 2 will be selected sometime next week and the winner will be selected based on poll voting on InstaStory ⠀ Cool beans? Go wild and have pun! . . . #pun#contest#compuntition#dadjokes#yyc#travel#hike#river#stream#lifestraw#nature