Story and photos by Gryphon Black-Wallis. ‘Fsh’ ‘fsh’: the sound of skis on skins on snow. The rest of the world is silenced by the dampening effect of the snow all around. The odd break in the clouds providing sunlight to illuminate a quiet trail through the trees as the intrepid set out for a day of cold weather fun. Black Prince is on a short wilderness activity area located off the Smith Dorrien Trail south of Canmore in Kananaskis country.
Story and photos by Gryphon Black-Wallis. “Felt that one!” I yell down at Dustin as the wind picks up, catching my pack and forcing it to the side. The wind started about 30 minutes ago and, as we climb, the gusts continue to intensify. Options are limited as I start off the belay ledge, climbing toward our next station.