A half day family hike in the Canadian Rockies foothills subalpine meadows; carpets of wildflowers in June... Simply sublime.
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.
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Fantastic half day hike close to town, with great views of the lake and Big Sister and Rimwall above treeline. Highly recommend. Fantastic day with the CSMC folks, practicing crevasse rescue. I'm beginning to really appreciate the views from this side of the lake! Not our team's setup... You'll want cleaner knots and no twists in the sling. :-)... Continue Reading →
"I heard u got chased by a bear and u fell into a canyon", my brother messaged. Um, yeah ... Not really. Funny how rumors start. I was driving out to meet up with J and K when I realized, I left the map at home. The car clock was showing 5:53AM, not enough time... Continue Reading →
It's Oscars night and unless you've been under a rock or holed up in a cave the past months (plausible, I suppose), you'll know that Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant is a contender to bring home the "ultimate honor" of the film awards. BBC calls it "an experience that show[s] audiences how to stop worrying and love the... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →