Chasing Frozen Waterfalls

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

All I wanted for my birthday this year was to see a frozen glacier waterfall - and boy, did K-Country ever deliver!

View of Troll falls from behind.

We arrived at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge early on the weekend, and even though our room wasn't ready for check-in yet, we were able to stow our bags and made our way over to the trails to hunt for frozen waterfalls. We chose Troll Falls as it was about a 15-20 minute walk from the lodge or a 3-5 minute drive to the trail start. Troll Falls is an easy hike and takes only 45 minutes - 1.5 hours round trip (depending on how fast you tend to walk, and how often you want to take breaks, etc.). Seeing the waterfall in the summer is a beautiful treat, but seeing that same gorgeous waterfall frozen in time during the winter in white and blue - it's a completely different and wonderful experience.

Layers Are Your Best Friends

It was about -17°C when we arrived to the trail head (and around -25°C with windchill). I received a few texts from friends wishing me a happy birthday, followed by "are you nuts to be outdoors? Go inside and eat cake instead!"; but I was committed and there was no turning back! Besides, I had 7 layers on and spent about twenty minutes strapping winter boots onto my dog - there was no going back - only onwards!

Some people may be tempted to buy a full-length, down-filled jacket for a winter hike, and it may work for some, but I personally find that wearing a few more layers with a shorter jacket is less cumbersome. And once you start up the incline, you'd be glad you can peel a few layers off or when the wind picks up near top, you can add a few more layers on.

This is what I typically wear on a winter trek:

1) Breathable sports bra

2) Tank top

3) Long sleeve tee

4) Fleece or sweater

5) Thermoball vest from The North Face

6) Thermoball packable puffer from The North Face

7) Waterproof shell jacket from Marmot

8) Compression leggings

9) Snowpants

10) Good quality pair of hiking socks

11) Sorel winter hiking boots

12) A fun toque (my favorite winter accessory!)

13) Gloves or mitts

14) Sunscreen and lip balm

15) Sunglasses

Now you're good to go!

Crampons Are Also Your Best Friends

Ice cleats or crampons and/or ice-poles are a must for a winter mountain hike. I do not enjoy slipping and falling - at all. If you don't have a pair at home, you can rent a pair from the Outfitters at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge for $12 for the full day (return by 6pm). Without the crampons, the trek to the top of the waterfall and getting the amazing view from behind it would not have been possible....for me. I saw others do it with some struggling. But better safe than sorry!

Just sat down to relax and was pleasantly surprised by a visit from all these puppers! Just call me the dog whisperer! Happy days!

Before you end your hike - remember to breathe in that fresh fresh mountain air! Grateful for this wide open space we have. #thegreatoutdoors

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    Jenny is passionate about exploring the world and hopes to share a piece of her adventure through her images of food, places and people. She hopes to share some of her favorite travelling tips and tricks and show you where to find hidden gems in different places she visits.


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