As I fell over the edge the group lost sight of me. I felt my body gathering speed and saw rocks tumbling by in my line of sight. It seemed like a very long time and I braced myself for an explosion of pain and, frankly, an exit from this world. … More 20161113: Mt. Haig broke my spine (Castle Wilderness)
On November 14, after 19 hours of rescue effort and an overnight stint on the mountain, I was long lined by helicopter off Mt. Haig with spinal injuries. While every survivor’s story and preferences are individual, I herein offer my top “to dos” and “probably nots” for interacting with the injured, in the immediate days … More How to help a loved one heal from a mountain accident
Since we’d be in Banff for the Banff Film Fest closing awards anyway D and I decided to do a local peak and just see how far we’d get in the amount of time we had. We were thinking it’d be a chilly cloudy day, and it certainly started that way, but ended up quite … More 20161106: Looking down on Banff from Mt. Norquay
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
Here comes shoulder season in our Rockies! It’s the quiet transition between summer and winter tourist seasons. When the sun’s out, making fresh snow sparkle, it’s spectacular. Friday: After work D and I treated ourselves to the lobster and steak buffet at Stoney Nakoda casino. Prime Rib! Seafood galore! Gingerbread sticky toffee pudding? Delicious. And … More 20161028: Tourist Weekend in Banff: film, food, snow!
So many of our Alberta courses are mountain courses. Which I love of course! But it’s so pleasant once in a while to XC across long damp grass and open spaces. After Black Spur Ultra 108k In August I went on the San Juan bike trip then did Lost Soul (Lethbridge AB) (100 miler, DNF … More Fall is for cross country ultra running!
It’s been a while; how’s everyone doing? Busy summer! Here are some photos from our 7-day mountain bike trip through the San Juans. Alpine, canyon, desert, mud and slickrock – and a variety of weather including hot hot days, hail and lightning! Scorpions, lizards, tarantulas. 7 flats amongst us; watch out for those cactus. Riders: … More 20160828-0903 Bikepack Durango Colorado to Moab Utah