We sure hoped we'd find some ice to climb in the early season.
Lakes, waterfalls, snow and ice, summer blooms, 250 million year old coral fossil, and grizzlies. What more could a backcountry enthusiast possibly ask for?
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.
There were so many flowers it was nearly impossible not to step on them. We stared down at the rock garden as we ascended, finding moths mating among the fossils. Rock snapped under our boots and crumbled in our hands as we made our way along the long ridgeline.
A half day family hike in the Canadian Rockies foothills subalpine meadows; carpets of wildflowers in June... Simply sublime.
"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 →
Here are real-life testimonials on winter cycling: “Holy power requirement! The effort that it took to churn this thing along the flat was substantial, keeping me working pretty hard to sustain a pace of around 7 km/hr! The human body just doesn't produce enough steady power to run a snow-bike…” “Pant loads of resistance…” “The... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →