Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

Looking over Cory Pass at Mt. Louis. Photo: Adam Zier-Vogel Photography.

Last week I went on a 14-kilometre hike with some friends around Mt. Edith via Cory Pass – in my opinion, one of the best day hikes in Banff National Park. Halfway, we hit Cory Pass and got an incredible view of Mt. Louis. I climbed the Kain route on Mt. Louis in 2011, in what feels like “my past life”. The trad climb took our party 24-hours of solid moving from base to summit to car. To that date, I had never pushed myself so hard. Only my ascent of Mt. Assiniboine comes close to the pride I felt in having reached the iron cross that stands at the top of Louis.

The next summer I was back at the pass with my sister and two months pregnant with Maya. My sister chose our lunch break at the pass to tell me she was expecting, too, and our babies arrived three weeks apart in Spring 2013.

Looking up at Mt. Louis on Friday I wondered if I would ever do a climb like that again. Or is my life drifting in another direction? There are some places on this planet that give us a chance to pause and reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. Returning to the same location provides us with a baseline that we can use to gauge the changes we’ve been through and how we’ve evolved as people.

Which places on the planet act as your baseline?


4 thoughts on “Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

  1. Helena Artmann says:


    I also love this trail and the view of Mt Louis from the pass. I didn’t climb Mt Louis yet, but I do have it in my bucket list and I believe I will climb it if I really want to.

    Our ‘current life’ is as temporary as our past life. We evolve and change directions more often than we think. I never thought I was going to say that I was not interested in mountaineering anymore but this is my reality today. May not be tomorrow, and I am fine either way.

    Nice post and nice thoughts. ;-)


    • Meghan J. Ward says:

      That’s just it, Helena. I am fine either way, but I do wonder! It’s important not to get too wrapped up in identifying ourselves by what we do, including what we’ve ‘accomplished’ in the outdoors. I can’t possibly compare myself now to “my past life.”

  2. lauramaylee says:

    I often think about that hike – the splendour and majestic nature of the scenery that puts in perspective our lives no matter what we ‘do’ or ‘don’t do’ in the outdoors… It is neat to have spaces that remind us of significant times in our life and provide space for reflection on or ever changing lives… and I sure did choose a good location to tell you :)

  3. Plaban sahoo says:

    the wide open spaces shows you the big picture , which we often are shrouded from. from my personal experience, i get to understand, ‘what am i doing’, ‘what is going on with me’, and ‘what shall i do’.

    I can only thank Nature, to it’s awesome gift , which shows me, myself.

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