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Vision Quest (hiking portion)
David Thompson Highway, Alberta
July 21, 2008

Before returning to Calgary after spending the weekend in the area, we decided on a quick trip up Vision Quest. Following the directions in David Thompson Highway: A Hiking Guide, we parked at the Cline Solid Waste Transfer Site located near Abraham Lake. The steep climb is nothing more than a hike. Although a short trip, the view at the top is worth the effort.

On the ridge we met a Swiss who frequents the area, preferring to come here on his vacations than climb the crowded Swiss Alps. He told us he summited Mount Michener by crossing Abraham Lake in the winter.

We considered scrambling up the rock face to the false summit above, but on close inspection it appeared to be a difficult, exposed scramble, not to be without a helmet especially in high winds. I scrambled partway before turning around (time and track reflects only the hiking portion). After taking in the scenery, we returned the same way.

KML and GPX tracks

Vision Quest from the highway

The sign by the trailhead says, "This is not a designated trail. STAY OFF," so we did.

The views soon opened up. Elliot Peak and Sentinel Mountain in the background.

Looking southeast down Abraham Lake

The route climbs steeply before leveling off at the high point above

The high point took longer to reach than we expected

Looking back along the ridge

Fossilized brachiopod

The rock face below the false summit ahead marks the end of the hike

Mount Abraham to the north (mouse over for a close up). The easiest way up this peak is on the SE side, via "The Neverending Gully of Pain."

I started up the false summit before turning around. I'm in the centre (mouse over).

I gained the lower ridge but didn't want to continue without a helmet

Mount Michener

83 C/1 White Rabbit

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