On 17 August 2002, I took Angie Gignac and her
sister, Sarah, to Burstall Pass which sits on the border of Peter Lougheed
Provincial Park and Banff National Park. Crossing the braided channels
in the gravel flats north of the Robertson Glacier was sometimes tricky,
and recent snowfall made the trail to the pass muddy and slippery.
Furthermore, Sarah had to borrow boots for this hike and started developing
blisters. Still, she was a trooper and managed to get up to the pass
without complaint. After lunch, Angie and I climbed up a slightly
higher ridge to get a view of Leman Lake. This was my second trip
to Burstall Pass, but the easy access and magnificent scenery ensure that
it won't be my last.
Angie and Sarah climb up the trail
with Mount Birdwood in the background.
Angie works her way up a grassy ridge.
Mount Sir Douglas is the big peak to the right.
From L to R are Commonwealth Peak,
Mount Galatea, Gusty Peak, The Fortress and Mount Chester.