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George Marquardt
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Engineer, Entrepreneur, Photographer
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Photographer

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Piggy Plus

These flowers showed up like a streak of paint from the valley floor, drawing +Rob Patterson, +Tom Tran and myself up these cliffs for a better look, before scrambling further up to the left. This is on the side of a peak called Piggy Plus, looking down the valley towards Pigs Tail, which is flanked by Commonwealth Peak on the right and Mt Birdwood on the left. These are all in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, and part of the Kananaskis Country park system.

+Mountain Monday #mountainmonday with +Michael Russell


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Here's one more photo with +Tom Tran doing the victory wave after scrambling up the last cliff band to our viewpoint on Piggy Plus. 
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Here's +Rob Patterson working his way up the cliff bands of a nice little peak called Piggy Plus in the Rocky Mountains south of Canmore. 
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As you've seen, it was a lot of fun playing in the mountains with +Tom Tran and +Rob Patterson, and I learned a few new things. Here's Tom demonstrating an undocumented glissade technique that I haven't seen before (and may never see again). The documented 3 techniques are sitting, standing and crouching. This is a variant on the sitting which involves taking off your outer layers so they don't get wet, and laying flat, while using the runout onto the ground for arresting the slide. It's not recommended if the runout is questionable or too steep. Perhaps we will call this the Chicago glissade?
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Here's one more photo from the climbing duo of +Rob Patterson and +Tom Tran, on the snow chutes, just before things went completely sideways :-)
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Here's another photo from last weekend with +Tom Tran and +Rob Patterson, with Tom demonstrating his snow climbing style.
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Hiking with Friends

Here's +Tom Tran and +Rob Patterson enjoying the view over the French Glacier last weekend, during our 4 days of fun mountain adventures and photography.
Interestingly, a Grizzly bear ascended the slope from below to the left, and followed our footprints back down to the right while we were up here further along this ridge. We didn't notice it until we saw it running down the slope below us!
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Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Its Canada's Sesquicentennial, and a great time to enjoy the day and think about what it means to be part of this young country.There are many celebrations planned, and underway, including free admission to the National Parks for all of 2017.
Here's a scene from Banff National Park, with some of Mother Nature's fireworks to add to the party!

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Sofa Mountain, Waterton National Park

Here's today's view of Sofa Mountain from a little further away than last week's post, showing the rotation in wildflowers. This week the geraniums are in full bloom.
+Mountain Monday #mountainmonday with +Michael Russell
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