North Molar – Pipestone – Dolomite Circuit
As was recommended by fellow backpacker, Marty Up North, I picked up the book Canadian Rockies Trail Guide by Brian Patton & Bart Robinson. This book is known as “The Bible” to many hikers and backpackers alike. In it, you’ll find over 400 pages of different trips, ranging from half-day hikes to week long journeys. As listed in the book, trip 53. North Molar-Pipestone-Dolomite Circuit, is one that has caught my attention, and I’m determined to make this trip happen.
On several occasions I’ve invited people to come along, but every time I’m left to do this one alone. Likely, 4 to 5 days for a trip is too long for most people and I’ll have to enjoy this one solo.
Attempt No.1 – Failed
I’ve attempted this trip three times now, and each time something always seems to go wrong. The first attempt was early in the season and there was still far too much snow on the ground. I did make an attempt to make my way, but after post holing every few steps, up to the crotch, I decided to turn back and call this a loss.
Attempt No.2 – Failed
Sigh… Once again this trip does not come to fruition. I am determined and will try again.
Attempt No.3 – Partial Success
It’s Mid July, 2016 and as luck would have it, I was able to line up 4 days off work. Just enough time to complete this trip. After several months of wanting to do this trip, this was my opportunity. I didn’t have much time to prepare, only a couple of hours, but I usually keep things ready to go just in case an occasion such as this arises.
I called the Lake Louise Visitors Centre to book my permits, packed my things, and off to work I went. Just as soon as work was done for the day I got in my car and started off on the 2.5 hour drive to the trail head at Mosquito Creek Campground, located just off the Icefields Parkway.
Rain Rain Go Away! It just WOULD NOT STOP RAINING. Despite Google weather saying that it would be clear skies and around 20°C the entire week, I experienced no such thing.