Story and Photography by Steve Shannon
The increasingly rough logging road – all 96 kilometres of it – takes its toll on my aging truck. Vibrant green waters contrast starkly with the jagged peaks along the skyline as I drive up the east shore of Kinbasket Lake. Turning up the Valenciennes River valley, the road becomes even rougher. Barely passable washouts are a constant reminder of the raw power of nature. Passing clouds obscure the mountains, occasionally lifting to reveal massive peaks, glaciers tumbling down their sides. I’m headed into a remote area of the Canadian Rockies, far from the tourist centres of Banff and Jasper, where I’ll be hiking the Icefall Traverse.
The Canadian Rockies are iconic, breathtakingly beautiful and one of the most photographed areas in the country. Well, parts of them are. The areas easily accessible by road have been well-documented; a quick Google search will reveal millions of images. Despite the popularity, images taken off the beaten path remain relatively elusive.
Follow Steve Shannon on this extreme photo adventure to capture some of the hidden gems of the Canadian Rockies. Please pick up the Winter 2015 issue of OPC or subscribe today!