Day One: Ascent to Camp
July 26, 1998

This is the first of a six part journal
written as it happened to Michael
Townsend as he and his daughter
attended a mountain climbing school
between Banff and Jasper. The
adventure begins for us today but the
actual event began July 5th.

The first day was touted to be one of the toughest days of the up coming week. However the 4 hour hike in with all our
equipment and food for the week was done when the energy levels were at their highest. While the climb was fairly long,
about 6 or 7 kms and the elevation gain of about 2000 feet, excitement and adrenaline was very high; more than enough to
carry the load. The beauty of Bow Lake, that glacier blue, the smell of the lake and trees was so very inviting, revealing
nothing of the struggle which lay ahead. We would first have to cross a natural bridge of rock, over a thundering chasm
of water, which hinted at and provided passage to this natural and potentially dangerous terrain.

This scene depicts the route up to the mountain climing base camp (seen below) from which each day's
adventurers would begin.

(to Day two: the Curse of the Knees)