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George Marquardt
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Mt Batur and Mount Agung, Bali Indonesia

Here's one more pre-dawn photo from our hike up Mt Batur, with Mt Agung towering over the cone on the far side of the crater lake, below the clouds. This was the dry side of the island, however that storm to the right was lighting things up over the ocean.

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As you may have guessed, I left on vacation early November, and haven't spent any time on G+, or had much for internet connections either. We were travelling with friends, first in Bali, then on a live-aboard dive boat in Raja Ampat, West Papua Indonesia. The snow at home was a bit of an adjustment after the tropical heat!
One of the Bali activities our group did was a morning volcano hike to catch the sunrise. Here we are in the dark, heading up the Mt Batur trail.
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Centre Mountain, Jasper National Park

This was another view from the Skyline Trail a month ago, with Centre Mountain on the left and a couple nice tarns in the valley below. It would be interesting to see what this looks like now, with the nearby Marmot Basin ski hill opening next week.

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Here's a video clip of yesterday's view towards Blakiston Mountain, and creek, in Waterton National Park. The big snowfall has mostly melted, its a balmy 18C (64 F), and I was able to bike to here.
The park is still closed west of here due to fire damage repairs, however the road is open to bikes and hikers up to this point. There is snow in the forecast again, and perhaps this time it will stay.
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Mount Tekarra, from the summit of Amber Mountain

My GPS said we were on the trail here, following along this ridge, but it isn't at all obvious. We didn't want to risk scrambling over those icy rocks with exposure on both sides, so took the easy way out, dropping 50m and continuing along lower down.
This was our longest day on the Jasper Skyline trail, with a ways to go yet before setting up camp. The campsite we were heading for is 1 km past the little lake on the right.
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Jasper National Park, Skyline Trail

As a follow-up to my last photo, the notch I mentioned is the col just above us. This is also 180 degrees north from my Curator Lake post a week ago.

Its at 2500m (8200ft), and everything got a lot whiter and colder around the corner above where the wind could get at us.
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Jasper National Park Skyline Trail

Once we got above the treeline, this hike became a little whiter. There was some wind, and it looks cold, but we just needed light jackets and thin gloves for this part of it. If you view large and look to the last notch between mountains on the far left, that's where my next post is located, a couple hrs further along.

My friend had a yellow jacket and bright pink gloves, so he provides some nice contrast and scale here. Like the rest of us he is carrying a tent, sleeping bag and mat, survival gear, as well as food, stove, fuel, and clothing for 4 days.

Posted a little early for #mountainmonday +Mountain Monday with +Michael Russell
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Antler Mountain, Jasper National Park, Canada

This is a view of one of the ridges leading to the summit of Antler, on the Jasper Skyline trail. Unlike the sad news around G+'s future, this will be here for a few more millennium. I guess all a guy can do is keep on hiking :-)

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Curator Lake, Jasper National Park, Canada

Curator Mountain and Curator Lake are on the Jasper Skyline trail. We entered this valley on day 3, over the col at the centre of the photo, and worked our way across the snowy slopes on the left. Behind me is another col called "The Notch", and a looong snow ridge that eventually led to our next campsite.
This is a cell photo rather than one from my camera, as I was checking the GPS and thought I'd snap this scene while I had it out.
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Jasper Skyline Trail Sunrise

This is the same location as my last photo at the Snowbowl campground in Jasper National Park, looking at the sunrise on the mountains and trying not to get my feet wet. This is the start of day 2 on the Skyline Trail, and shows the nice little stream we got our cooking and drinking water from.

This week is the 7th anniversary of #mountainmonday with +Michael Russell, woo hoo! +Mountain Monday
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