Last weekend I took a three day mountaineering course in the Canadian Rockies which concluded with an ascent of Mt. Athabasca (3491m).
During the course I camped at the Jonas Creek Campground in Jasper National park. Some reviews rate this as one of the worst campgrounds in the park – in which case I look forward to seeing the best, because this one was just fine!
The first two days of the course provided opportunities to discuss mountain travel, and to practice self-arrest skills and crevasse rescue.
On the final day of the course we woke up at 1:30am and took down camp, to be ready for a 3am departure up the mountain. This was to make sure that we could travel quickly and safely on snow which had frozen overnight.
We formed teams on ropes to travel across small glaciers along the route. I joined a group of Manitobans. Manitoba may be a dull and dismal place geographically, but all the Manitobans I have met so far have been extremely friendly and hardworking people.