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Author:  Ralph [ April 17th, 2014, 7:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Athabasca River - Jasper National Park

First trip of the 2014 season. We went from Old Fort Point near Jasper to the 12 Mile Bridge. More pictures than trip report but, as I write this, it is snowing outside and it is supposed to snow all night and I need something to take my mind off the weather.
Anyway...

The canoes are our group. The rafts are a commercial group. Evidently they were going to row up the river to just below Becker's Bungalows (river was frozen above that point). I would have liked to have seen them rowing up the gravel shallows and some of the fast water sections - maybe next time.
ImageIMG_1333 by Ralph5145, on Flickr

ImageIMG_1339 by Ralph5145, on Flickr


Lots of ice and geese in the first km or so.
ImageIMG_1341 by Ralph5145, on Flickr


The geese seemed reluctant to move.
ImageIMG_1347 by Ralph5145, on Flickr


If you look carefully in the upper left you can see the upper chalet of the Jasper Tramway on Whistler's Mountain.
ImageIMG_1349 by Ralph5145, on Flickr


ImageIMG_1350 by Ralph5145, on Flickr


ImageIMG_1352 by Ralph5145, on Flickr


Pyramid Mountain in the background.
ImageIMG_1354 by Ralph5145, on Flickr


Great lunch - BBQ hamburgers and all the fixings, kubasa, dessert, fresh coffee - mmm.
ImageIMG_1356 by Ralph5145, on Flickr


ImageIMG_1358 by Ralph5145, on Flickr


Mount Edith Cavell - a marker for voyageurs as they left the Athabasca and went up the Whirlpool, up Athabasca Pass to the Committee's Punchbowl and on to BC.
ImageIMG_1359 by Ralph5145, on Flickr


Candle ice
ImageIMG_1361 by Ralph5145, on Flickr

Author:  littleredcanoe [ April 17th, 2014, 7:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Athabasca River - Jasper National Park

open water... wow! Took the tramway two years ago. Thanks for sharing.

Author:  Barbara [ April 17th, 2014, 8:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Athabasca River - Jasper National Park

:thumbup:

Thanks so much for persevering and posting the report and great photos.

Amazing to see so many people out on the water. We're still waiting for ice-out here in Ontario...anywhere. What isn't flooding is still locked in ice.



Barbara

Author:  Ralph [ April 17th, 2014, 8:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Athabasca River - Jasper National Park

Yes, open water there. It is a nice easy, beautiful run. A good first trip. That run is often open even in the winter if it's not too cold. It is still is frozen above and below this section and that is normally the case. I'm not sure why it is open but we're glad it is. We paddled it one year on a nice March 12.
No open water or flooding closer. Some small creeks have very short open sections. There are sections with water running on top of the ice and there are ice jams. We won't be paddling close by for 10 days or so. Lakes will be a long time yet.

Author:  kgd [ April 18th, 2014, 7:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Athabasca River - Jasper National Park

Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing.

Author:  ice-breaker [ April 18th, 2014, 8:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Athabasca River - Jasper National Park

Great pictures Ralph. Have done that section a few times in late summer. Is often very windy through there. Looks like wind was not too strong for your group.

Author:  Ralph [ April 20th, 2014, 10:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Athabasca River - Jasper National Park

ice-breaker,
Almost no wind and +12 degrees in Jasper. Assuming you got your name for a reason, we could have used you in a few places. :lol:

Author:  Paddle Power [ April 21st, 2014, 12:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Athabasca River - Jasper National Park

Wonderful.

Still waiting for ice out in Manitoba.

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