20170617: Wildflower Insanity (West Ridge, Highwood)

A half day family hike in the Canadian Rockies foothills subalpine meadows; carpets of wildflowers in June... Simply sublime.


20161113: Mt. Haig broke my spine (Castle Wilderness)

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.

Crevasse rescue practice at Old Goat

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 →

The Revenant: Alberta film locations

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 →

20151212: One of these weekends we’ll sleep in (Balfour Wall + Shades of Beauty)

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 →

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