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Month: September 2016

#12 – Sunwapta Falls (& Athabasca Falls re-visited)

#12 – Sunwapta Falls (& Athabasca Falls re-visited)

Aug 20th, 2016 – After conquering Angel Glacier Falls (see last post http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2016/09/30/11-angel-glacier-falls/ ) and refueling with our tailgate lunch, we made our way back down Mt. Edith Cavell Rd.  By 1:02pm we had made it down and stopped for another quick break in the parking lot where people leave their trailers to avoid a mishap.  Next target – Sunwapta Falls! Sunwapta is further down south on 93/93A, so there’s 2 choices.  1, go back up to 93 and then safely go…

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#11 – Angel Glacier Falls

#11 – Angel Glacier Falls

Aug 20th, 2016 – After conquering Astoria River Falls (see last post http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2016/09/30/10-astoria-river-falls/ ) we made our way to Angel Glacier. This one was definitely more popular, and for good reason.  At this time of year, even way before you hit Jasper you can see one particular mountain with a lot of snow on it – Mt. Edith Cavell – and Angel Glacier happens to be a part of that snow hanging off of it! With its popularity I’m sure you’ll…

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#10 – Astoria River Falls

#10 – Astoria River Falls

Aug 19th, 2016 – After work we (Dana, me and the kids) got loaded up and headed to Wapiti Campground in Jasper, where we booked a campsite for 2 nights.  For us it was about a 3.5 hr trip… Here’s a closeup… From Jasper you get on the Icefields Parkway (93) and go south for a mere 2 minutes.  Whistler’s Campground is on the right, and Wapiti is just past it on the left. On the way we ran into some wildlife… We…

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#9 – Upper Siffleur Falls

#9 – Upper Siffleur Falls

July 31st, 2016 – Upon conquering Siffleur Falls (see last post http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2016/09/27/8-siffleur-falls/ ) we were getting a little worn out from the rain and the hike.  I took off my wet hoodie and left it on the cliff to dry in the sun.  After a little break re-charging our legs and stomachs, we started the trek to the 3rd and final waterfall of the Siffleur hike.  At that time it was about 11:48am. Here’s an overview from Siffleur Falls to Upper Siffleur Falls,…

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#8 – Siffleur Falls

#8 – Siffleur Falls

July 31st, 2016 – Once we reached Lower Siffleur Falls (see previous post http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2016/09/26/7-lower-siffleur-falls/ ) we took a small break and pushed further to find the 2nd waterfall of the Siffleur hike…the actual Siffleur Falls. AlbertaWow says it’s about 2.5 km further, which seems about right.  Here’s an overview… Kind of strange that the World Waterfall Database shows Lower Siffleur as “unconfirmed”, but Siffleur Falls as “confirmed” (shown in green).  Lower Siffleur is the 1st and closest on the hike, and…

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#7 – Lower Siffleur Falls

#7 – Lower Siffleur Falls

July 31st, 2016 – After the 4 waterfalls yesterday (see prior posts) we were pretty tired.  My old knee injury had me hobbling and Dana wasn’t feeling well.  Still, we had a plan to do the Siffleur hike and we were sticking to it!  We woke up at 7am.  There was a thick fog in the distance… After some breakfast and lunch-making we left our “house on the hill”, which was at 8:22am. To get to the Siffleur area from…

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#6 – Mud Creek Falls

#6 – Mud Creek Falls

July 30th, 2016 – After conquering Wapiti Falls also known as Wapiabi Falls (see last post – http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2016/09/10/5-wapiti-falls/ ) it was just before noon.  The scheduled thunderstorm was coming within a couple hours, and we had found every waterfall we wanted to that day.  As we made our way through the Crescent Falls campground we stopped at a picnic table for some victory lunch.  With our bodies replenished and the sun still shining, we decided to go try finding one more – Mud Creek…

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#5 – Wapiti Falls

#5 – Wapiti Falls

July 30th, 2016 – After conquering Lower Crescent Falls (see last post – http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2016/09/10/4-lower-crescent-falls/) it was about 9:30am and we were ready to go to the 3rd planned Fall of the day…Wapiti Falls. To ice climbers, this one is actually known as Wapiabi Falls.  I can’t blame them because there’s a sign saying “Wapiabi Ice Climb”.  As further proof the closest creek north of Bighorn River is Wapiabi Creek, and although it runs the opposite direction into the Blackstone I…

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#4 – Lower Crescent Falls

#4 – Lower Crescent Falls

July 30th, 2016 – After waking up and conquering Crescent Falls (see last post – http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2016/09/05/3-crescent-falls/), next on the itinerary was Lower Crescent Falls. The “Database” (let’s just call it that from now on, instead of the “World Waterfall Database”) gave GPS coordinates, but the waterfall was “Unconfirmed”.  I opened Google Earth and zoomed in on the area, seeing no pictures of it.  I did however see a couple white spots in the river, which was a good indication that there was rushing water there and…

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#3 – Crescent Falls

#3 – Crescent Falls

July 30th, 2016 – We woke up at 5:50am (mainly from the cold…it was 28 degrees yesterday, and somehow found its way to 12 for morning).  It was a rare weekend without the kids, so after some breakfast we got ready to blast out all the waterfalls we could before the scheduled rain at about 2pm.  First on the list was Crescent Falls. From our camp (see previous post http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2016/09/04/the-bighorn-dam-weekend-the-1st-planning-process) you take Bighorn Dam Rd back to Hwy 11 and…

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