On the second day of the long weekend, we woke up in rain in Columbia Icefield. Instead of bagging another peak nearby, we drove all the way down to Lake Louise. Oh man, it was only 10AM and we were already having trouble parking... One big lesson for this day was, never go to Lake Louise in long weekend after 8AM... Okay, we somehow managed to park.
There's nothing to say about the hike up to Mount Fairview. Initially we followed the steep trail up to Saddleback Pass. My parents got exhausted at the pass and I proceeded up the mountain solo. There were tens of tourists hiking up Fairview on that day so it wasn't actually a "solo" ascent. It started to shower before I reached the summit and thankfully the shower quickly passed by.
I enjoyed the magnificent summit view for 20min. It was too crowded and I decided to head down. Instead of going down the scree gully, I retraced my steps down the normal hiking trail, which obviously is longer. But I wasn't too comfortable on loose ground by that time though.
I wasn't really a peak-bagger so I didn't tick-off the nearby Saddle Mountain. We re-grouped together and hiked down the Saddleback Trail with tens of tourists. At the end of the day we had to wait at Lake Louise for hours, or we would have trouble driving down the road...