Halfway Lodge & Allenby Pass — August
Departing August 29, 2024
Sky-piercing mountains stretch out across the landscape, their peaks crusted with ice and snow. The air is cool and fresh. And best of all, there’s an almost zen-like quiet out here. This is a typical day on the trail when you join our 6-day Halfway Lodge horseback adventure. You’ll pass by the shimmering waters of the Bow River, travel along a historic pack trail and then ride up Allenby Pass, where jagged rock formations line the route.
And although you do climb to an elevation of 8,100 feet on this trip, the terrain is gentle for the entire way. And for all the rugged scenery that surrounds you on this trek, the adventure itself is far from ‘roughing it.’ Unwind in rustic luxury at the spacious Sundance Lodge and later at the cozy Halfway Lodge – both are quintessential mountain cabins boasting comfortable beds, a crackling fire and some of the most delicious backcountry cuisine you’ll ever try.
Meet your RCGS Travel Ambassador
Myrna Pearman was raised on a farm northeast of Rimbey, Alberta. She became interested in photography while in high school and her love of nature was inspired by a local self-taught naturalist, Fred Schutz.
Myrna graduated with a BSc Honours in Geography from the University of Alberta in 1979, then returned home to care for her ailing parents. After their passing, she worked as a house painter and wedding photographer before becoming the Assistant Waskasoo Park Naturalist in Red Deer in 1986. In 1987, she started a dream career as Biologist and Site Services Manager at Ellis Bird Farm (EBF). Under her leadership, EBF became an internationally recognized conservation, education and research centre. She retired in 2020. She is now the Resident Naturalist for Chin Ridge Seeds in Taber and Coordinator of the Nature Central program for the Red Deer River Naturalists (RDRN). She also volunteers as the RDRN newsletter editor and sits on several committees.
Myrna has received recognition for her conservation and education work from the Red Deer River Naturalists, Nature Alberta, the North American Bluebird Society, the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2019. As a geography graduate, she is keenly interested in the work of the Society and has been a long-time subscriber to Canadian Geographic. Her extensive writing and public speaking experience, management expertise, and her long-term efforts to showcase and promote the Indigenous, cultural and natural history of central Alberta emulates the Society’s core goal of “making Canada better known to Canadians and the world.”
Myrna writes a monthly photo essay in the Red Deer Advocate and is a columnist for Nature Alberta and The Gardener magazine. She contributes to several wildlife and photography Facebook groups and has a growing social media following. She has authored/co-authored several scientific publications and has written several books.
Myrna has traveled extensively (always with her cameras) and is especially interested in photographing—and sharing her love for—Alberta wildlife and wild places. She is in demand as a speaker and enjoys mountain biking, kayaking snowshoeing and spending time at her cabin.