Our Virtual Paint-Out Group is on vacation again this month, so I decided to choose my own destination for November – The Canadian Northwest Territory.
After exploring this fascinating country, I chose the exceptionally beautiful and remote mountains called “The Cirque of the Unclimbables” in the Nahanni National Park Reserve.
Cirque means a semicircular shaped valley with steep, sheer walls formed in mountainous regions by glaciers during the ice age. Sometimes the base of the mountains is below the level of the valley.
A little info -
In 1955, (yes, that is the correct date) the mountaineer, Arnold Wexler, discovered these immense cliffs in the Logan Mountains. Impressed by their massive, sheer granite walls and jagged peaks, he named them “The Cirque of the Unclimbables”.
These mountains are considered sacred ground and surround a green valley called Fairy Meadows. The Lotus Flower Tower is one of the most famous and dangerous peaks within the Cirque. This steep 2,000 foot cliff has been ranked one of the top 50 climbs in North America.
Despite being nearly twice the size of Texas, the Canadian Northwest Territory is home to only about 42,000 permanent residents. Most of the land is undeveloped forests, mountains and tundra. There are roughly 570 miles of permanent, year-round roads. Float-planes and helicopters are an important means of transportation in this vast remote land.
|Cirque of the Unclimbables|
Lotus Flower Tower and Fairy Meadows