July 9 – 15 GDT 660km to 850km (190 km) Section 5 of 12 After a restful 1.5 days in Saskatchewan Crossing, T and I broke the inertia of civilization and headed out on our 5th leg (section E) of the Great Divide Trail. We were looking forward to this section because we knew it… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 5 – Alpine Solitude
Despite a lot of snow in the first half of the GDT (perhaps 50% more than expected), T and I arrived at the mid point of the GDT two days ahead of schedule. That meant we had to take a few days off because we had a wedding to attend that coming weekend. In total,… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 4 – Floodplains & Brush
On June 26, T and I wandered back into civilization after persevering through (and often enjoying) a very difficult 210 km (130 mile) third section of the Great Divide Trail. As usual, see T’s account if you want a well told version of the story. Thus far winter has been the dominant plot element of… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo – Section 3: Still Winter
T and I are taking a rest day (June 17) at Peter Lougheed Park after hiking another 8 days and 195km on the Great Divide Trail from Coleman, AB. We’re now at 344km out of 2240km in our GDT yo-yo. Note that I am slow in posting this due to poor internet, and once again,… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo – Section 2: Reprieve from Winter
T and I are resting in Coleman, AB after finishing the first section (145km) of our 2250km yo-yo of the Great Divide Trail. She writes a better story blog than I, so check out her account at IntoBohemia.ca Going into this, my expectation was that this first section would be the crux of the whole… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo – Section 1: Snowy Crux?
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