New Orleans, Louisiana
Posted - 06/02/2009 : 11:04 AM
I introduced myself as a writer and researcher who, though living near some wonderful wetlands, loves the mountains, here.
Also posted some questions I had about some scenarios I'm working on. It generated some great and useful information. Per the request of the moderators, I'm splitting my original thread up and shifting it from Trip Reports to Discussions. I'm including the same intro with each thread, so ya'll will probably get tired of reading it. (You can skip ahead to the bolded sequence description.)
If it seems, to those who have been kind enough to offer their knowledge and opinions, like I am juggling quite a few scenarios, I am. One book finished, second one almost finished, and about 40% of each of 10 others written. For me, writing means juggling dozens of scenes and seeing which ones fall into place, where. Bit like looking at a map and planning a long hike... you have the map. You know a trail goes from here to here. You know there are certain key places, such as camp sites, river crossings, a scramble or two. But what you find when you actually make the hike may not match what you thought you were going to find, and it may be completely different from what anyone else who has hiked this trail before you has found. What will the weather be like? What wild life will you encounter? How about that river crossing? Or will you find yourself crossing the same river a dozen times, and then decide to bushwhack along the bank?
Writing fiction, for me, is much like that. I have this Image of people in a given location. From that comes Who are they? Why are they in this location? What are they doing? And how does it advance the overall story line?
One of the things I really appreciate about reading your trip reports is the symmetry of having description and pictures. I can Google "XYZ Location" and get hundreds, if not thousands of images. But they're not in context. I don't know what else is around that one time snapshot. Even if I weren't researching with specific goals in mind (and I did find ClubTread via a Goggle search), I would have lost myself in enjoyment. I truly want to thank everyone who has already contributed to this thread, and its parent thread. Having the input of people who know these beautiful mountains intimately is a wonderful help.
Sequence 4: Location undecided. Needs to be within two days' brisk hike of Lake Louise, should be suitable for a wolf or wolves, ie, plenty of elk around, not too many people.
Time2clmb said: There are plenty of elk around. There are also a few wolf packs around as well. I saw one last year on the way out of a hike in the Louise area. What about back into the Baker lake area and beyond? North of Lake Louise ski area back in those vallies. Not many people in that area once past the Skoki turn off.
Marilynx said: Yee-hah! Sometimes, map-reading works just as it ought! "Up Baker Creek. Past Protection, but not yet to Anthozoan. Not far from Wildflower Camp..." are what my notes say. Which pretty well matches with what you suggested. I did rather note that there didn't seem to a shortage of elk.
In 2004, I was told the Bow Valley wolf pack was down to a lone female. We took a bus from Lake Louise into Banff for the Canada Day fireworks (us and a whole bunch of other people from the Alpine Center), and she was spotted enroute. The bus driver called the siting in. Have the wolves recovered somewhat?
Time2clmb said: That totally works.
Rachelo said: Sequence 4 - done.
Marilynx said: Well <evil grin> until I need some more detail on the area!
BillK said: The wolf pack in the Banff park is back up to 6 or 8 members.
Marilynx said: Good that the wolf pack has recovered somewhat from 2004.