This week’s FEATURED TOUR
Brought to you courtesy of Get Outside Adventures!
Do you always have a hankering for more *outside*? Do you long to leave the hustle and bustle of your daily life, pack it all into a bag and head out into the hills for a weekend away from your packed schedule, the relentless buzz of your cellphone, social media, kids clamouring for attention, the busy work commute… but you haven’t the faintest idea what you need to get started?
We’ve got you!
Come and join Get Outside Adventures on one of their premier multi day adventures, on the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park.
The Rockwall Trail is a 55 km (34 mile) trek in the Canadian Rockies. Traversing three alpine passes in Kootenay National Park, you'll hike through subalpine meadows, past impressive hanging glaciers, and around vibrant turquoise lakes. The trail’s defining feature is a single, massive limestone cliff, towering in some locations more than 900m (2953 feet) above the trail below. This hike is a truly remarkable experience!
Show up with only your personal gear and let us take care of the rest! Enjoy coffee served to your tent in the morning, delicious home made meals at night, and watch the sun set as you kick back and reconnect with nature.
"This trip is designed for those with an intermediate fitness level. Being self sufficient for 5 days will create a heavy pack. You should have the ability to carry ~40 lbs for up to 6 hours over 500 m elevation gain. But don't stress, we will have a food drop at the mid way point...YAY!!!"
-Jenna Nodding, Get Outside Adventures
What you’ll need to bring:
- Accommodations for the night before and after the trip
- Transportation to Canmore, AB
- National Park Vehicle Pass (This can be purchased at a Parks gate or at the Parks Information Center)
- Breakfast and lunch day 1 and supper on the last day
- Personal Gear (Can be arranged for an additional fee)
Check out this video for more of what to expect:
Where you’ll go:
Day 1 – We will wake up full of excitement and anticipation. With a green mindset, we will shuttle from Canmore, Alberta to the Paint Pots trailhead. Today will be spent exploring the vivid colours of the Paint Pots, the beautiful waterfalls, and the lush forests! We will rest our heads at the Helmet Falls campground – 14.3 km, 285m of elevation gain.
Day 2 – Enjoy your morning coffee, pack your bag, and lace up your boots. Today we will get our first glimpse of the mind-blowing Rockwall and it's hanging glaciers. We will Take time to enjoy the views from Rockwall pass and learn about the surrounding area. We will spend the night at Tumbling Creek - 12 km, 475m elevation gain, 350m elevation loss.
Day 3 – Sleep in and let your body rest. Today is a shorter day, although what it lacks in distance it makes up for in magnificence! Our route will go over another mountain pass and take us by several glacial lakes that calmly sit below the hanging glaciers. This is most certainly one of the most beautiful parts of the entire trail. We will spend the night at Numa Creek - 7.5 km, 320m elevation gain, 715m elevation loss.
Day 4 - Today we get teased off the start with a surprisingly flat trail. Immediately after Numa Creek, a suddenly steep switchbacks transports you through the thick forest. Thankfully, our packs will be nice and light as we will have eaten the majority of our food by this point. Once we make it to Numa Pass the views are incredible to both the south and the north. We'll be able to see the bottom of the valley we just came from and Tumbling pass off in the distance! After we've conquered Numa Pass we only have a short distance to the most scenic campsite of the trail, Floe Lake - 10 km, 810m elevation gain, 315m elevation loss.
Day 5 – After basking in the magnitude of the Rockwall reflecting in Floe Lake during breakfast, we'll start our last day. Heading back to civilization the trail switchbacks steeply, quickly losing most of the elevation gained on the previous day. Once back at the parking lot we will celebrate our success and enjoy a tasty supper as a group in Canmore or Banff, Alberta - 10.5 km, 715m elevation loss.
"Learnt so much and finally know what all those lines on the map mean...had a blast and met some very cool women in the process. Would definitely do again"
Kimberly - April 2019
"Jenna is a knowledgeable, caring and very nice guide - I'll be doing more with her in the future! Thank you Jenna!"
Marie-Anne, October 2018
"I did the overnight Intro to backpacking to Lake Minnewanka with Jenna this past June. The trip was well organized and absolutely delivered everything it promised it would"
S3951MXnicolem - June 2018
"The trip was very well planned; equipment, meals, route, all worked perfectly. I also learned more about map reading and route finding during this trip, which was a personal goal. Jenna has tons of patience, and so much experience"
Tania - July 2018