The Whistlers

 Posted by on September 6, 2006  Jasper National Park  Add comments
Sep 062006
 

The Jasper Tram

Wednesday September 6th 2006

The Whistlers is a minor summit near the town site of Jasper Alberta,

The Whistlers This is not the true summit but a false summit that the Tram upper terminal sits on.

The Whistlers This is not the true summit but a false summit that the Tram upper terminal sits on.

To get to The Whistlers summit is either a fairly good hike or you also have the option of flying up a good deal of the way to the summit on the Jasper Tram.

The Jasper Tram is not like the usual Chairlift or Gondola. When I examined it I noticed a few differences. First and most interesting is rather than the usual multiple towers to support the weight of the cable and cars, there is only one tower. The lone tower lies just short of the half-way point up the mountain.

Take a trip on the Jasper Sky Tram!
The Sky Tram
lower building

The Jasper Tram is also bi-directional. This means rather than the usual circular loop that multiple gondolas-chairs take, the two cars go back and forth up and down the mountain. They ride on a stationary cable and are towed by a smaller one inch cable.

The trips are referred to as flights. Because of the great distance between the terminals and the lone tower, the distance off the ground is more than the usual height of a chairlift.

“The Whistlers” is apparently named after the Hoary Marmot although my own guess would have been the Pika. I did not see either species of rodent on the upper peak. I did see two Ptarmigans though.

Panorama of the Victoria Cross Range to the north of the Whistlers. The Whistlers are at the northern most tip of the Trident Range.

Panorama of the Victoria Cross Range to the north of the Whistlers. The Whistlers are at the northern most tip of the Trident Range.

I took a few photos of the surrounding peaks at the summit and then got back down. Cindy was feeling unusually vertiginous this particular day and decided to hang back down the trail.

The Whistlers Panorama

The Whistlers Panorama


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lowly, but very deliberately, the brooding edifice of seduction, creaking and incongruous, came into being, a vast Heath Robinson mechanism, dually controlled by them and lumbering gloomily down vistas of triteness. With a sort of heavy-fisted dexterity the mutually adapted emotions of each of them became synchronized, until the unavoidable anti-climax was at hand.

Anthony Powell
1905-2000, British Novelist

The Whistlers Gallery

 

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