Jura Creek is the last drainage north of the highway and east of Canmore I’ve yet to explore. As the weather today was warm but snowfall prohibits climbing too high, it seemed like a great day to explore some low elevation terra incognito.
Dave’s Law of Creek Exploration:
Decision liquidity is inversely proportional to efficiency.
What this law means is that the easier it is to wade across a creek, the more likely you will find yourself on the wrong side!
Above: the lower canyon was too dangerous choked with ice so I had to climb a hundred meters up and around.
Once I detoured the first canyon, it was pleasant rambling over the meandering creek. Various ages of old streambeds were in different stages of colonizing vegetation. The east side of the creek was smooth, tilted Palliser limestone while the west bank was gravels and shales making an interesting contrast. Above: smooth meets coarse. Iron oxides brighten the rock. For all but a few days a year, this creek bed is totally dry.
The Exshaw formation contains wonderfully black shales with interesting fossils aplenty. The best ones are at the base of the formation but were submerged by water. The entire waterfall was on an interesting angle due to the strike and dip of the Palliser rock it spills over. Above: The stream flows over multiple angles and down an inclined edge. This very unique waterfall only exists during spring thaw. Above: water froths over iron intrusions
Jura Creek was a great hidden jewel off the radar. After my brief recon, I think I’ll come back to climb Doorjam and Loder Peak with Suz in the fall.