First, thanks for all the info. There is much to assimilate. However, bear in mind that this is like 3-4 days _after_ a conference that is _in_ Edmonton. It seems, though, that Jasper>Banff would be pretty neat. I'll keep reading, but is it a good idea for me to start out on a trip like that on the icefield parkway by myself? I don't want to get in over my head.