On Easter weekend, T and I did our first real backpacking trip of the season with a few friends. We headed to the Stein Valley – one of my favourite places – on the drier, warmer east side of the Coast Mountains. A relatively light hiking pack was a nice change from carrying ski equipment,… Read More Stein Valley Easter
T and I have been enjoying the slow life since we left the city and our jobs 3 weeks ago. We’re not really in a hurry to get anywhere, so if we’re rambling down a logging road and realize we’re low on caffeine, we’ll just pull over and brew some up. “Relax, we’re on vacation”… Read More A Return to Ski Touring
Myself, family and friends headed into the Bob Marshall Wilderness for the last week of June. We planned a nice 172km hiking/packraft loop on the classic South Fork Flathead and North Fork Sun Rivers. The route was almost identical to a trip T and I did back in 2012 except this time we wanted to hike… Read More Bob Marshall Packrafting 2016
T and I went to Looper Canyon this past weekend to dip a toe into the canyoneering world. It was a good opportunity to get a feel for the activity and decide if it’s something we want to pursue further. I’ve been learning to climb lately and I hope to take it outdoors this month and eventually into the… Read More Looper Canyon
This past week I made my first attempt at the Stein South Divide Ski/Raft route. I had given myself an 80% chance of completing the route but I wasn’t able to, instead getting 25% of the way in before turning back. The first day I broke a tip loop on one of my climbing skins and… Read More Stein South Divide: Attempt 1 Recap
My wife and I headed out for a short ski traverse over the holidays targeted more at chasing powder than covering miles. I figured we’d link two of our favourite backcountry cabins with a possibly, but probably not, untried route. On Google Earth it looked good to go. Joined by a couple friends, we headed into… Read More A Complacent Powder Traverse
Summer has been good. So good I’ve fallen far behind at blogging about it. Instead of trying to catch up with trip reports that are months over due, I’ve compiled of my 10 favourite photos from the summer. They might not all be Nat Geo worthy but they’re visceral links for me.