Monthly Archives: August 2014

Mudslide closes Jasper’s Cavell Road and area trails

The landscape just keeps moving beneath the north face of Mount Edith Cavell. Once again, Cavell Pond has overflowed and sent a rush of water and debris over the south end of the Cavell Road just below main parking area. The overflow occurred on the night of August 15 and prompted the closure of the Cavell Road and all trails in the immediate area. This slide arrives almost two years […]

Hiking with Gem Trek in the Canadian Rockies

When we published the first editions of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, we only recommended government-produced maps from the National Topographic System (NTS) 1:50,000 series. Despite the fact that trails were sometimes misplaced (or simply not shown) and bridges and campgrounds unmarked, these were the best topographical maps available. Then, in 1992, Gem Trek arrived on the scene. Roger and Donna Nelson were husband-wife owners of Calgary’s retail map and […]

A new approach to Jasper’s South Boundary

It isn’t news to active hikers and backpackers in Jasper, but the South Boundary Trail as it appears in the 9th edition of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide doesn’t really work anymore. In the last edition of our guidebook, we alluded to problems between Breccia Canyon and Grizzly Campground created by the 2003 Rocky River fire. The fire created such a problem over this stretch that Parks Canada decommissioned the […]

Balmy days and dry trails in the Mountain Parks

  Back in the early days, people had a choice for cooling off during the heat of summer—go to a movie theatre (the first air-conditioned venues) or travel to the mountains. Air conditioning may be universal today, but the alpine trails of the Canadian Rockies are still superior to the shopping mall. I can only remember a couple summers when we could scamper about at 2400m in shorts and t-shirts. But […]