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Trail to Elbow Lake

Flower lessons From Ena

Nearing the lake

The Birthday Crew

Ena does a birthday dance

Entering the glacial cirque

The 3 Amigos - Dale, John, George

Looking back at the Elbow Valley

Pam on the moraine

Lunch by the tarn

An offering of chocolate - only on your birthday!

The Rae Glacier - receding rapidly

Another view of the Elbow Valley

Last look at the glacier

Ena heads up a side valley

 

Dale follows

John with Rolf and Rita behind

George takes a breather while Ena finds the perfect rock

Smiling George

Group photo before heading back

A wet and noisy end to a great day!

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

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360 in the Rae Glacier Cirque

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Dale and Rolf practice skiing


Our friend Ena turns 60 next week and to celebrate, she invited a group of friends to join her on a hike to the Rae Glacier above Elbow Lake in Kananaskis Country. The Rae Glacier is actually the source of the Elbow River and like most glaciers around the world is rapidly melting away. We've never been to the glacier before and it was a nice gentle hike past Elbow Lake and up the moraines to the base of the glacier. After exploring a side valley, we headed back to the Elbow valley, accompanied by a dramatic chorus of thunder and a sudden downpour of rain and hail. Despite the wet ending, it was a very enjoyable day spent enjoying the scenery and catching up with friends and a perfect way to celebrate a birthday! Happy 60th Ena!



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