Maps for the Mountains! Kananaskis, Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Lake Louise, Icefield Parkway, Jasper
As I prepare my CTV segment on Wildflower Hikes of the Rockies, I contacted my favourite map company, Gemtrek Maps, to get images of some of their maps to show on TV. These topographical maps (they show the contours of the mountains so that you can visually assess elevation gain) also have all trails marked along with route descriptions on the reverse.
Of course, having a map is not enough to stay found. You need to:
- Know how to read a map
- Actually have the map out and follow along while you hike (unless you are on a very obvious route).
The Kananaskis has many, many trails that diverge from the main route. These side trails are rarely marked.
Route finding 101 says:
At any trail intersection, on a linear route, be sure to turn around and look at what the route will look lil eon the way back down. Believe me, it will not be familiar if you do not do this. And be sure to take note if there is a trail split, which trail you should take to find your car.
Here are four of the maps, but there are more. Lake Louise, the Icefields Parkway, Yoho, Jasper…GET THEM ALL!
WHERE TO BUY GEMTREK MAPS in Calgary:
MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)