Drove 4 1/2 hours to Jasper to check out the far north ice climbing scene. The National Park campground had a bathroom with showers and heated floors! This was an exceptional week of ice climbing and a day of back country skiing for MB’s first time.

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The dogs had a blast hiking in the snow and neither Hell Cat got sick.

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On the way home, we decided to camp at a pull out near a climb we planned to do early the next morning. It had been snowing all day while we climbed. It snowed throughout the night. We woke to about a foot and half of new snow. A Park law enforcement person knocked on our door while we were engrossed in a game of Yahtzee to tell us the road was closed due to an avalanche and we had to drive the 2 hours back north to Jasper. We did though there was no visible road and we arrived at a locked gate and had to call to be let out. We were told the road might reopen in 2 days with a “low confidence” level. Sheesh. We decided to drive the long way around as MB was taking a class and a friend was coming in from Boulder. It took 10 hours to get home!!! due to a blizzard and then an ice storm that froze the interstate and sent 35 cars sliding off the road.

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Oh, Canada.

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