John called it “mixed” and I called it “non-classic”. Eh, just get up it any way you can. We were simply ecstatic that our lugging of gear into the Continental Divide didn’t go to waste and we actually got to play on ice. Ice globs + aerated slush + gaping holes of freezing waterfall. 2 … More 20161105: Early Ice on Mt. Bishop
Driving northbound on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North), one transitions from Banff’s dense ice-capped peaks of the Divide to caribou country and the edge of the arctic tundra in Jasper. There are glaciers and icefields spanning hundreds of square kilometers, whose meltwater feeds milky green-blue glacial lakes. Enormous waterfalls that become major rivers eventually … More 20151212: One of these weekends we’ll sleep in (Balfour Wall + Shades of Beauty)
Aunt Helena, on visit from Toronto, lamented that there didn’t seem to be much to do in our mountains at this time of year. My jaw dropped. Are you kidding me?! Granted, you won’t find many (any) organized tours and some visitor centers will have closed, but hey, early winter in the mountains means that … More 20151130: November Subzero! Bring on the snow and ice.
The lyrics to Ace of Base’s Lucky Love might not make very much sense but if you “grew up” with it like I did, you might be inclined to linger at the Canadian Brewhouse just a bit longer when the track comes up on the playlist. Even after the tab’s paid. Even after a long day of work and a long … More 20150327-Life is a Paradise
So it’s February 2nd in a few hours and it’s about time I said “happy new year”! No resolutions, just trying to focus more on running this year. I’ve ‘sacrificed’ a few ice trips in order to spend more time on the ground in preparation for a few races this summer. But allow me to … More 20150201: Start to the New Year on High and on Low
Because I didn’t get my act together quickly enough, I missed out on getting a spot in the climbing clinics that were running in conjunction with the UIAA World Cup & Bozeman Ice Festival. But this turned out to be one of those unfortunately-fortunately stories; Brian advised me to contact Montana Alpine Guides (MAG) and … More 20141213: In Search of Ice in Bozeman
…Some fun maneuvering around, over and under all the snow plugs of avalanche debris in the narrows from the last several years. Quite unique. … More 20141124: Urs Hole on Cascade (Banff)