Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The Ramparts and Amethyst Lake
Getting there is no easy task, however. It requires a 12.7 mile backpack up the Astoria River, or a 14.2 mile and 2,400' climb over Mccarib Pass to get there. I did the latter, as the Astoria River trail was closed due to washout. It was a beautiful, but slow and tedious trek in on sore feet, having just hiked out from Berg Lake the previous day. My feet were hamburger!
On this trip, I endured a grizzly bear swatting at my vehicle in the middle of the night as I slept at the trailhead, startling me out of a sound sleep. The scratches from its claws can still be seen on the window of my vehicle.
I also had a cougar follow me back to my tent in the middle of the night after star photography, circle the tent, and then swat at it as I lay there silent with one hand on my headlamp and the other clutching my bear spray. I didn't know it was a cougar until the following morning when saw its tracks, as there was also a pack of wolves in the area.
Some photos require a lot of hard work and perseverance just to get in position to be successful. This is one of those images! Fortunately, the images I captured from this area with have been quite successful for me. This particular image was recently licensed for web use to a design and publishing firm in the UAE.
You can see more images from this area and more in my Canadian Rockies Gallery, if interested.
As always, thanks for looking!