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Category Archive for 'rugged outdoor manliness'

Sweet August Snow

The weather this week has certainly been changeable. Tuesday was roasting hot - over 30C I believe. Today it snowed. Admittedly we were 6000′ up in the mountains but it snowed. And it’s still August.
The reason we were out in the mountains in the snow in August was that I wanted to give my new [...]

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On Tuesday May 11th beside Innominate Tarn on the summit of Haystacks I asked Sara Simpson to marry me.

She said yes! There’s a romantic story that goes with it but not every story belongs on the interwebs…

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When Alice came out to see me in the first summer I was in Calgary I really wanted to show her something beyond the standard tourist spots of the Rockies. Some reading and googling later I came up with 2 possibilities: Lake O’Hara or Mt Assiniboine. In the end I opted for Lake O’Hara because [...]

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We had a lovely sun kissed week in Calgary which spurned me on to organising my first hike of the summer. Like last year I wanted to try Nihahi Ridge which is in Kananaskis Country and forms the very front range of the Rockies, where the foothills become the mountains. It’s meant to be a [...]

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steep and deep

The latter half of my week in Jackson Hole at the Steep and Deep camp was great fun. So much fun in fact that I’m wondering when I can do it again.

The first morning was probably the most stressful because having ridden the first tram of the day up to the top of Rendezvous Mountain, [...]

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waterton lakes

Waterton Lakes National Park, tucked down in the SW corner of Alberta right on the border with Montana, was the only one of the mountain parks I hadn’t visited so far in my time out here. With autumn hastening on I was able to put that to rights last weekend at the inaugural ThoughtWalker weekender. [...]

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jasper

Last weekend was the Labour Day long weekend which was an ideal opportunity to head a bit further afield. I took Friday off too so I could enjoy a leisurely drive up the amazing Icefields Parkway and spend the weekend in Jasper. Last time I was in those parts was back in 1989 but it [...]

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because it’s there

This weekend’s outdoor activity was a hike come scramble up Mt Temple. At 11,626′ it’s the highest mountain in Banff national park. More to the point it’s 5,600′ above the car park where we started making it the greatest height I’ve ever climbed.
I’ve never felt such a sense of achievement after a hike as I [...]

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It’s Moraine Lake. From the summer of 1989 until last year Moraine Lake was firmly entrenched at the top of my all-time most fabulous views list. Then last year a young upstart burst onto the scene and took the crown: Lake O’Hara. However on Sunday the old master reclaimed the title.
After a long day hiking [...]

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outward bound

This weekend was my first ever proper backpacking trip. I’m a little bit sunburned but not nearly as achey as I was last night after all that walking. Thank God for Vitamin I(buprofen). It was lots of fun if very exhausting and we were super lucky with the weather. The folks we met on the [...]

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