I was back at the Herald office Tuesday after 60-plus kilometers of hiking over four days in the wilderness near Waterton Lakes National Park.
The trip, organized by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and led by conservationist Harvey Locke, gave me a chance to learn more about an area called the Flathead river valley in British Columbia.
Several environmental groups consider it a missing link of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in southern Alberta and northern Montana (marked in yellow on the map below).
Locke, who has been working on the project for 20-plus years, took two of the young women working on the campaign and I on a four-day, three-night trip to show us some of the unexplored areas in the Flathead.
I awoke Friday morning to the sound of pouring rain, which fortunately lifted by the time we started hiking from the Akamina trailhead in Waterton.
The first day took us into the forests of Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park in B.C., past Wall Lake (in the main photo), through a meadow, up Bennett Pass and into an area called Grizzly Gulch (yup, gulp).
By Monday, we would camp for three nights and hike 60-plus kilometers through the wilderness, heading up and down mountain passes, bushwhacking through dense, mossy forests and walking across mountain ridges — including the Akamina ridge over Wall Lake.
Needless to say, I’m exhausted.
But I wanted to let you know that I’ll tell you more about it in a series of travel blogs next week. Then, stay tuned for the full story on the Flathead in an upcoming issue of the Calgary Herald.