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Intense Smoke in Bow Valley Hiding Mountains

Wildfire smoke from B.C. has lowered to air quality in the Canadian Rockies to a almost worrying level

Climbers all over western Canada have been dealing with heavy smoke that is making approaches difficult and hiding skylines. It’s being caused by the hundreds of wildfires in B.C. that are destroying people’s homes and livelihoods.

Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise are experiencing their smokiest days of the summer this weekend, with smoke so thick that visibility is reduced to around a kilometre in some parts. Many transient climbers have picked up and headed to the coast, where smoke is less intense due to the direction of the winds.

If you are going to climb in smoky areas: limit long approaches, bring lots of water, understand your susceptibility, listen to your body, don’t stress the lungs, find a comfortable crag out of the sun protected by trees and pay attention to smoke forecasts here.

Banff Ave. on Aug. 7, 2021, and a few years ago

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