USA - Paria River Wilderness

In September of 2018 we did a short trip to the Paria River Canyon. Since September is considered a “monsoon season” in Southern Utah, we had the Canyon to ourselves (not counting snakes). The area is absolutely spectacular and the feel of remoteness adds to the sense of adventure. The entire Paria Canyon crossing is 34 miles long. Since we had limited amount of time, we hiked to the Paria River and Buckskin Gulch confluence from the Whitehouse campground (12 miles) and back. It really gave us a sense of what the entire crossing would be like. Since the river is very silty, water is a major concern. We carried 5 litres each. Since it is very hot, 5 lites is good for max 2 days. The nearest spring is 13 to 14 miles from the start. Because of the massive flooding in the summer of 2018, parts of the Canyon were completely submerged and dotted with deep water holes. This forced us to swim across long stretches in some spots. In other places, the water was up to our armpits but walkable. After the hike, everything was covered in filmy mud that required serious scrubbing with soap to wash off. Thankfully, we did not get caught in any quick sand.

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 The Whitehouse campground area

The Whitehouse campground area

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 The entrance to the canyon proper

The entrance to the canyon proper

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 We encountered MUD and a lot of it!

We encountered MUD and a lot of it!

 constantly sliding through pools of liquid mud

constantly sliding through pools of liquid mud

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 Spectacular scenery of the Paria River Canyon

Spectacular scenery of the Paria River Canyon

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 Caverns made by rushing Paria River.  When we were there, the river was running at 2 cubic feet per second.  We encountered a small flash flood and the river flow increased to 9 cubic feet per second.  It was already hard to swim against the current and our packs got washed away.  During the severe flooding in July of 2018, the river was punching 10,000 cubic feet per second!!!! Wow!

Caverns made by rushing Paria River. When we were there, the river was running at 2 cubic feet per second. We encountered a small flash flood and the river flow increased to 9 cubic feet per second. It was already hard to swim against the current and our packs got washed away. During the severe flooding in July of 2018, the river was punching 10,000 cubic feet per second!!!! Wow!

 Small side slot canyon along the Paria River Canyon

Small side slot canyon along the Paria River Canyon

 The gift from nature

The gift from nature

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 The sun bakes the soil.  It was very hot in the sun.

The sun bakes the soil. It was very hot in the sun.

 Our campsite on the banks of the Paria River.

Our campsite on the banks of the Paria River.

 Drying out in the blazing sun - it was at least 40C

Drying out in the blazing sun - it was at least 40C

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 Preparing to swim through a deep pool of liquid mud.  I did not realize that there were snakes in the water!  One got logged inside the pack after it was washed away by the river during a small flash flood.

Preparing to swim through a deep pool of liquid mud. I did not realize that there were snakes in the water! One got logged inside the pack after it was washed away by the river during a small flash flood.

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 Exploring the Paria Canyon.  We left our packs behind and during our exploration the river flow quadrupled.  The packs got washed away.  We found them downstream from where we left them.  One of them had a snake stuck in it.  When the river is flowing high, the snakes flow with it :-).  After our hike, we received a lecture from a local on the types of snakes in the canyon.  Apparently, the bad one has eyes of a cat.  It is hard to check when you are freaking out after finding one in your pack!

Exploring the Paria Canyon. We left our packs behind and during our exploration the river flow quadrupled. The packs got washed away. We found them downstream from where we left them. One of them had a snake stuck in it. When the river is flowing high, the snakes flow with it :-). After our hike, we received a lecture from a local on the types of snakes in the canyon. Apparently, the bad one has eyes of a cat. It is hard to check when you are freaking out after finding one in your pack!

 In the Paria River, crossing one of the deeper sections

In the Paria River, crossing one of the deeper sections

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 Near the confluence of the Paria Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch

Near the confluence of the Paria Canyon and the Buckskin Gulch

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 The Whitehouse campsite run by the BLM

The Whitehouse campsite run by the BLM

 Escalante NP/Paria Wilderness

Escalante NP/Paria Wilderness

 The badlands of the Paria Wilderness/Escalante

The badlands of the Paria Wilderness/Escalante

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USA - Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks

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 The Zion main valley of the Virgin River from the trail to the Observation Point

The Zion main valley of the Virgin River from the trail to the Observation Point

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 Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

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 Cedar Breaks at 10,000 ft elevation

Cedar Breaks at 10,000 ft elevation

 Cedar Breaks Canyon

Cedar Breaks Canyon

 Cedar Breaks Canyon

Cedar Breaks Canyon

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 The incredible colours of the Cedar Breaks Canyon

The incredible colours of the Cedar Breaks Canyon

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 Looking down at the Cedar Breaks Canyon

Looking down at the Cedar Breaks Canyon

 Hiking the Narrows of the Virgin River in the Zion NP

Hiking the Narrows of the Virgin River in the Zion NP

 In the Narrows

In the Narrows

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 One of the tight sections of the Narrows

One of the tight sections of the Narrows

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 The Narrows

The Narrows

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 Virgin River and the Narrows

Virgin River and the Narrows

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 Virgin River Valley from the Observation Point

Virgin River Valley from the Observation Point

 The Narrows Canyon from the Observation Mountain

The Narrows Canyon from the Observation Mountain

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 The Parks Service Bus negotiating the road up the Virgin River Valley

The Parks Service Bus negotiating the road up the Virgin River Valley

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Norway

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 Near Flam

Near Flam

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 Kayaking near Flaam

Kayaking near Flaam

 The Pulpit Rock near Stavenger

The Pulpit Rock near Stavenger

 Sitting at the edge of a 600m drop on top of the Pulpit Rock near Stavenger

Sitting at the edge of a 600m drop on top of the Pulpit Rock near Stavenger

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 600 m down...

600 m down...

 The Pulpit Rock and Lysefjord near Stavenger

The Pulpit Rock and Lysefjord near Stavenger

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 AAlesund

AAlesund

 Sugerloaf Mountain in Aalesund

Sugerloaf Mountain in Aalesund

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 Pretty Allesund

Pretty Allesund

 Allesund

Allesund

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 Hinking down from Myrgal to Flam

Hinking down from Myrgal to Flam

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 Hiking above Bergen

Hiking above Bergen

 Bergen and the oncoming storm. 10 minutes later I was engulfed in a complete fog...

Bergen and the oncoming storm. 10 minutes later I was engulfed in a complete fog...

Iceland

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 Sejdylsfjordur in the east part of Iceland

Sejdylsfjordur in the east part of Iceland

 Sejdylsfjordur

Sejdylsfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Hiking up one of the mountains around Grundarfjordur

Hiking up one of the mountains around Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

 Near Gullfoss

Near Gullfoss

 Near Gullfoss

Near Gullfoss

 Near Gullfoss

Near Gullfoss

 Near Gullfoss

Near Gullfoss

 Near Gullfoss

Near Gullfoss

 Sejdylsfjordur

Sejdylsfjordur

 Sejdylsfjordur

Sejdylsfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

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Grundarfjordur

 Grundarfjordur

Grundarfjordur

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

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Gullfoss

 Gullfoss

Gullfoss

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Bolivia - Cordillera Real and Sajama National Park

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Great thanks to the awesome: www.bolivianmountainguides.com.  I was very happy and impressed with their service and professionalism. 

 Photo by Eduardo from the Bolivian Mountain Guides

Photo by Eduardo from the Bolivian Mountain Guides

 Huayna Potosi and an old cemetery of miners 

Huayna Potosi and an old cemetery of miners 

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 Looking towards Lake Titicaca from Peak Austria

Looking towards Lake Titicaca from Peak Austria

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 The top pf Pico Austria

The top pf Pico Austria

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 Condoriri 5,648m from Pico Austria 5,350 also known as the Matterhorn of Bolivia.

Condoriri 5,648m from Pico Austria 5,350 also known as the Matterhorn of Bolivia.

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 sunrise on the Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m.

sunrise on the Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m.

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 Pequeno Alpamayo - direct route

Pequeno Alpamayo - direct route

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 Summit of Pequeno Alpamayo.

Summit of Pequeno Alpamayo.

 Acohuma and Chachacomani from the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo. 

Acohuma and Chachacomani from the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo. 

 The large bulky mountain is Chachacomani 6,074m fromt he summit of Pequeno Alpamayo. 

The large bulky mountain is Chachacomani 6,074m fromt he summit of Pequeno Alpamayo. 

 Innominado 5,320m seen from the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo.

Innominado 5,320m seen from the summit of Pequeno Alpamayo.

 View of the Cordillera Real looking north from Pequeno Alpamayo.

View of the Cordillera Real looking north from Pequeno Alpamayo.

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 The summit ridge of Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m.

The summit ridge of Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m.

 Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m

Pequeno Alpamayo 5,434m

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 Volcan Sajama 6,520m

Volcan Sajama 6,520m

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 Volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerade

Volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerade

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 Laguna Atla in Lauca National Park in Chile

Laguna Atla in Lauca National Park in Chile

 Volcan Sajama

Volcan Sajama

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 Sajama Village with Volcan Sajama in the background

Sajama Village with Volcan Sajama in the background

 Volcan Acotango from Sajama Village

Volcan Acotango from Sajama Village

 The base camp of Volcan Sajama at 4,800m

The base camp of Volcan Sajama at 4,800m

 The road to the trail head on Acotango.  The road was built and is maintained by the government owned sulfur mine.

The road to the trail head on Acotango.  The road was built and is maintained by the government owned sulfur mine.

 Volcan Sajama and sunrise on Acotango

Volcan Sajama and sunrise on Acotango

 Volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerade and Chungara Lake in Chile from Acotango 

Volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerade and Chungara Lake in Chile from Acotango 

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 Volcan Acotango

Volcan Acotango

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Bolivia - Tiwanaku and La Paz

The ancient ruins of Tiwanaku are  located in Bolivia, near Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of almost 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level, making it one of the highest urban centers ever constructed.  The city reached its peak between roughly A.D. 500 and A.D. 1000 and had at least 10,000 people living in it.  At this point only a small portion of the city has been excavated. 

Some remarkable artifacts have been discovered and examined at Tiahuanaco, not the least of which was a large monolithic Sun Gate which must have been an important part of the Kalasasaya, the chief temple of the ancient city. Its upper part is covered with an intricate sculpture that has been described as a calendar almost as long as the monolithic gateway. In fact, the Sun Gate has also been called the Calendar Gate. This calendar sculpture depicts a solar year, but not one that fits into the solar year as we know it.

 

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Canada - Alberta

 Mt. Athabasca summit

Mt. Athabasca summit

 Mt. Robson

Mt. Robson

 Valley of 10 peaks

Valley of 10 peaks

 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 Mt. Lady McDonald and Canmore

Mt. Lady McDonald and Canmore

 Mt. Rundle

Mt. Rundle

 Ha Ling, Canmore

Ha Ling, Canmore

 Mt. Nestor

Mt. Nestor

 Mt. Joffre

Mt. Joffre

 Mt. Joffre

Mt. Joffre

 Mt. Joffre

Mt. Joffre

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 The basecamp for Mt. Joffre

The basecamp for Mt. Joffre

 Cirque Peak

Cirque Peak

 Wapta Icefield from Cirque Peak

Wapta Icefield from Cirque Peak

 Lake O'Hara from lower slopes of Mt. Huber

Lake O'Hara from lower slopes of Mt. Huber

 Mt. Huber

Mt. Huber

 View from Huber Victoria Col

View from Huber Victoria Col

 Basecamp for Mt. Huber and Mt. Victoria

Basecamp for Mt. Huber and Mt. Victoria

 Mt. Huber

Mt. Huber

 The summit of Mt. Victoria

The summit of Mt. Victoria

 Mt. Victoria summit ridge

Mt. Victoria summit ridge

 Lake Louise from the summit of Mt. Victoria

Lake Louise from the summit of Mt. Victoria

 Lake Oesa

Lake Oesa

 The summit of the Tower of Babel

The summit of the Tower of Babel

 Consolation Lakes

Consolation Lakes

 The Valley of 10 Peaks

The Valley of 10 Peaks

 Sentinel Pass

Sentinel Pass

 Kananaskis Country from the summit of Mt. Chester

Kananaskis Country from the summit of Mt. Chester

 Mt. Chester and Chester Lake area

Mt. Chester and Chester Lake area

 Lake Louise and Mt. Victoria

Lake Louise and Mt. Victoria

 Mt. Lefroy and the Death Trap glacier leading to the Abbot Hut

Mt. Lefroy and the Death Trap glacier leading to the Abbot Hut

 The summit of Mt. Joffre

The summit of Mt. Joffre

 Pink snow on the Wapta Icefield

Pink snow on the Wapta Icefield

 Wapita Icefield

Wapita Icefield

 The Iceline trail and the Yoho Valley from Mt. Rhonda

The Iceline trail and the Yoho Valley from Mt. Rhonda

 Wapita Icefield from Mt. Rhonda

Wapita Icefield from Mt. Rhonda

 Peyto Lake from Mt. Rhonda, small blue Peyto hut is visible below

Peyto Lake from Mt. Rhonda, small blue Peyto hut is visible below

 Mt. Rundle

Mt. Rundle

 En route to Mt. Woolley

En route to Mt. Woolley

 The Twins Tower from the Woolley Shoulder

The Twins Tower from the Woolley Shoulder

 Mt. Alberta

Mt. Alberta

 Mt. Alberta

Mt. Alberta

 Mt. Alberta

Mt. Alberta

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 Twins Tower and Mt. Columbia in the distance

Twins Tower and Mt. Columbia in the distance

 Mt. Little Alberta

Mt. Little Alberta

 Mt. Athabasca from Nigel Peak

Mt. Athabasca from Nigel Peak

 View to the north from Nigel Peak

View to the north from Nigel Peak

 Mt. Kitchener and Snowdme

Mt. Kitchener and Snowdme

 Mt. Andromeda and the Athabasca Glacier from Nigel Peak

Mt. Andromeda and the Athabasca Glacier from Nigel Peak

 The pass between Moraine Lake and Lake McArthur

The pass between Moraine Lake and Lake McArthur

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 At the Abbot Pass

At the Abbot Pass

 The Abbot Hut - Alpine Club of Canada

The Abbot Hut - Alpine Club of Canada

 Lake O'Hara from the slopes of Mt. Lefroy

Lake O'Hara from the slopes of Mt. Lefroy

 Mt. Lefroy

Mt. Lefroy

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 Mt. Lefroy - the view of Mt. Victoria

Mt. Lefroy - the view of Mt. Victoria

 Mt. Victoria from Mt. Lefroy

Mt. Victoria from Mt. Lefroy

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 The Goodsirs from Mt. Lefroy

The Goodsirs from Mt. Lefroy

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 Mt. Athabasca and Mt. Andromeda

Mt. Athabasca and Mt. Andromeda

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 Bow Lake from the Bow Summit

Bow Lake from the Bow Summit

 Bow Lake from the Observation PEak

Bow Lake from the Observation PEak

 Ha Lin Peak in winter

Ha Lin Peak in winter

 Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake

 Mt. Temple summit in early winter

Mt. Temple summit in early winter

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 Photo by Tyler Stalman

Photo by Tyler Stalman

 Photo by Tyler Stalman

Photo by Tyler Stalman

 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 En route to the Abbot Hut

En route to the Abbot Hut

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The Grand Brazeau 

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 Bow Lake from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

Bow Lake from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

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 Grizly Peak in the Kananaskis Country

Grizly Peak in the Kananaskis Country

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 Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

 Peyto Glacier

Peyto Glacier

 Mt. Lougheed

Mt. Lougheed

 Hector Lake from Mt. Little Hector

Hector Lake from Mt. Little Hector

 On the summit of Storm Mountain

On the summit of Storm Mountain

 Elizabeth Parker Hut at Lake O'Hara

Elizabeth Parker Hut at Lake O'Hara

 Photo by Tyler Stalman

Photo by Tyler Stalman

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 Mt. Edith Cavell

Mt. Edith Cavell

 Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake

 Mt. Edith Cavell summit ridge. The Tonquin Valley is visible on the right.

Mt. Edith Cavell summit ridge. The Tonquin Valley is visible on the right.

 Spirit Island on the Maligne Lake

Spirit Island on the Maligne Lake

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 The Iceline trail in the Yoho National Park. Takawa Falls is in the valley below.

The Iceline trail in the Yoho National Park. Takawa Falls is in the valley below.

 Mt. Woolley and Mt. Diadem

Mt. Woolley and Mt. Diadem

 The Ramparts of the Tonquin Valley

The Ramparts of the Tonquin Valley

 Mt. Alberta

Mt. Alberta

 On the Peyto Glacier

On the Peyto Glacier

 Mt. Aberdeen, Mt. Lefroy and Mt. Victoria from Mt. Fairview

Mt. Aberdeen, Mt. Lefroy and Mt. Victoria from Mt. Fairview

 Mt. Assinibone

Mt. Assinibone

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 The view from Mt. Temple, the Valley of 10 Peaks and the Paradise Valley

The view from Mt. Temple, the Valley of 10 Peaks and the Paradise Valley

 The summit ridge of Mt. Temple with Lake Moraine below

The summit ridge of Mt. Temple with Lake Moraine below

 The view of Mt. Nestor and The Spray Lake in the Kananaskis Country

The view of Mt. Nestor and The Spray Lake in the Kananaskis Country

 The view of Bow Lake from the Bow Summit

The view of Bow Lake from the Bow Summit

 Mt. Hector and Little Hector

Mt. Hector and Little Hector

 Mt. Rhonda from the Peyto Glacier

Mt. Rhonda from the Peyto Glacier

 The Peyto Lake

The Peyto Lake

 The Basecamp for Mt. Brazeau

The Basecamp for Mt. Brazeau

 The Grand Brazeau

The Grand Brazeau

 The view from the summit of Mt. Brazeau

The view from the summit of Mt. Brazeau

 Maligne Lake, Mt. Warren and Mt. Brazeau

Maligne Lake, Mt. Warren and Mt. Brazeau

 The summit ridge of Mt. Edith Cavell

The summit ridge of Mt. Edith Cavell

 Upper Paradise Valley seen from Mt. Temple

Upper Paradise Valley seen from Mt. Temple

 Moraine Lake from Mt. Temple

Moraine Lake from Mt. Temple

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 En route to Lake O'Hara

En route to Lake O'Hara

 Mt. Huber and Mt. Victoria

Mt. Huber and Mt. Victoria

 Mt. Lefroy and Lake O'Hara in winter

Mt. Lefroy and Lake O'Hara in winter

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 Ha Ling Peak and the Three Sisters from Mt. Rundle above Canmore

Ha Ling Peak and the Three Sisters from Mt. Rundle above Canmore

 Mt. Rundle

Mt. Rundle

 Mt. Lougheed

Mt. Lougheed

 Kananaskis Country

Kananaskis Country

 Spray Lake from Mt. Lougheed

Spray Lake from Mt. Lougheed

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 Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park

 Cameron Lake in the Waterton Park

Cameron Lake in the Waterton Park

 Waterton Park

Waterton Park

 Mt. Warren and Maligne Lake

Mt. Warren and Maligne Lake

 Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake

 Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake

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 Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake

 Observation Peak

Observation Peak

 The summit ridge of the Observation Peak looking north

The summit ridge of the Observation Peak looking north

 The view of Bow Peak and Mt. Temple in the distance from the Observation Peak

The view of Bow Peak and Mt. Temple in the distance from the Observation Peak

 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 The view from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

The view from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

 Wapta Icefield from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

Wapta Icefield from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

 The view of the Peyto Glacier from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

The view of the Peyto Glacier from Mt. Jimmy Simpson

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 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 Bow Lake

Bow Lake

 Mt. President in Yoho National Park

Mt. President in Yoho National Park

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Togo and Benin

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 Benin

Benin

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Accra, Ghana

Accra, Ghana

 Lome, Togo

Lome, Togo

 Lome, Togo

Lome, Togo

 Lome, Togo

Lome, Togo

 Lome, Togo

Lome, Togo

 Togo

Togo

 Togo

Togo

 Togo

Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Local market in Sokode, Togo

Local market in Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Main square in Sokode, Togo

Main square in Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Togo

Togo

 Togo

Togo

 Ouidah, Benin

Ouidah, Benin

 Togo

Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 Sokode, Togo

Sokode, Togo

 The Royal Palaces of Dahomey, Togo

The Royal Palaces of Dahomey, Togo

 Ouidah, Benin

Ouidah, Benin

 Benin

Benin

 Ghana

Ghana

 Mother and son in Northern Benin

Mother and son in Northern Benin

 Ouidah, Benin, the road of no return

Ouidah, Benin, the road of no return

 Ouidah, Benin

Ouidah, Benin

 Benin

Benin

 Gamvie, Benin

Gamvie, Benin

 Gamvie, Benin

Gamvie, Benin

 Gamvie, Benin

Gamvie, Benin

 Benin

Benin

 Benin

Benin

 Benin

Benin

 The sand of the African Gold Coast

The sand of the African Gold Coast

 Kumasi, Ghana

Kumasi, Ghana

 Volta River, Ghana

Volta River, Ghana