The Akamina Ridge is in Waterton Lakes National Park in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada. It’s one of the seventeen hikes listed in the park’s hiking guide that Charlie, one of the main characters in my novel, hiked ALONE the year he turned seventy.
I, too, had to hike them ALONE the year I turned seventy, of course, so I’d know what he experienced. And I’m glad I did. I could never have imagined some of the things that happened to him.
The Akamina took me almost eleven hours.
And I was out of water for the last two. I hadn’t yet learned about recycling.
When I told my doctor later on, he said I could have died.
Charlie’s hiking these trails ALONE caused some tension between him and his partner, BJ. And I, too, learned a bit about that tension.
Almost all of these photos are hand-held. I did have a monopod, but I didn’t really use it. Just one more piece of useless baggage.
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