“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” – John Muir. My trip report of the entire JMT and side trips. Itinerary, trip planning notes, photos. … More 20170904-18: Mt. Whitney to Half Dome on the John Muir Trail
Summiting mountains in some of the most spectacular scenery of Jasper (Whistlers, Indian Ridge) and Yoho (Whaleback, Pollinger, McArthur). 360 degrees of glaciers, waterfalls, and lakes. … More 20170803-07: High five to Peak Week!
David and I looked back at Victoria Peak, from whence we came. David laughed. “We went straight up the steepest part!!” I looked over at Oscar, who was grinning. Eh well. We’d purposely contoured around the mountain to find an easier path up than the normal route, because we were carrying two days worth of … More 20170726-27: Windswept and sunbaked (Castle Wilderness traverse to Waterton N.P.)
Lakes, waterfalls, snow and ice, summer blooms, 250 million year old coral fossil, and grizzlies. What more could a backcountry enthusiast possibly ask for? … More 20170714-16: Hidden lakes 2 (Mount Cordonnier, Interlakes Kananaskis)
It seems a bit of a trudge, but when you pop out of the trees at the end of Hidden Lake and see what’s ahead in the open terrain, all you’ll want to do is keep going up, up, up. … More 20170702-3: Hidden lakes (Warrior Mountain, Interlakes Kananaskis)
Then I smelt something burning. While laying there in my snuggly warm bag, listening to the driving rain against the window, pondering whether to get up into the cold dark night, pondering how little I wanted to pull on wet boots, hoping that maybe that I was only imagining the smell of burning, Leslie’s voice drifted over to me through the dark. “Do you smell something burning?” Sigh. “…Yeah,” I replied. Pause. “Ahhhh… I’m sure the rain will put it out…” … More 20170508: Sunshine Coast Trail 80k (Powell River to Lang Bay)
“Is the West Coast Trail runnable?” is what my ultra and fastpack buddies are wondering. If sports magazines are anything to go by, running the WCT is now the thing to do. It’s strange to me how it got on the populist radar, because as far as I know, very few people have done it. I would … More Thoughts on hiking and running the West Coast Trail