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Upper Section of Bow Glacier Falls in Full Spate # 7153

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Date: 2005.08.01
Vantage Point: From cirque below falls

Caption: A hot summer day sends tons of meltwater bursting over the headwall.

PhotoDescr: The roar of the water and the billowing spray in the sunshine fascinated me and my companions as we enjoyed our visit to Bow Glacier Falls. This shot of the upper section of the falls may give some idea of the awesome power of the flow.

Guy Germain once told me that he had read a theory that falling water releases negative ions, which give people a feeling of well-being. Perhaps that explains the allure of waterfalls. Bow Glacier Falls is more than twice the height of Niagara Falls, but, of course, much narrower.

On the third day of the 2005 August long weekend, I led a club group on the relatively short and gentle hike back to the 120 m Bow Glacier Falls.

The trail is a very popular half-day hike from Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. The first part of the route is the same as the access to Bow Hut, the Alpine Club of Canada Hut that is a base for climbing and ski-mountaineering in the Wapta Icefield.

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