The hike back to the trailhead was highlighted by a close encounter with four bighorn sheep not far from the town. The sheep were going in the opposite direction on the trail and seemed unwilling to yield the right-of-way to us. Much to our surprise, one of the sheep (probably an alpha male) boldly approached us and appeared to be demanding that we get off his trail. After a brief standoff, I was ready to make a detour through the bush, but Dave (another alpha male) wasn't going to let this sheep get the best of him and began whacking his two ski poles together. That scared the sheep off, and we were able to march triumphantly back to my car at the trailhead. Our round-trip time was just under 7 hours.
Check out Dave's photos of this trip here.
|Dave crosses the bridge over the outlet stream near Bertha Lake. He and Sonny would eventually ascend the wall in the background somewhere just a little to the right of centre.|
|This is representative of much of the terrain on the wall--steep, down-sloping, and slippery.|
|This is looking back down the wall at Bertha Lake.|
|Dave approaches the top of Bertha Peak.|
|Sonny and Dave stand on the 2440-metre summit of Bertha Peak.|
|Dave begins descending from the summit.|
|Snow makes the descent down the wall a lot more difficult.|
|These bighorn sheep don't like to share the trail.|