I had always drooled over images of the Bugaboos but knew they were a climber’s paradise, not a hiker’s paradise. Therefore, David and I did not have a trip to the Bugaboos on our original Canadian Rockies grand tour itinerary. Fate intervened when our Mt. Stephen fossil bed guide told us about a hiker-friendly backpack in the Bugaboos with some epic scenery, and our plans immediately changed! If you are also a hiker-not-climber drooling over images of the Bugaboos, please come inside, take a seat, and I’ll regale you with tales of a hiker-friendly Bugaboos backpacking trip. Continue reading
Have you wanted to climb a tall mountain with 6000 feet of vertical gain, but maybe not go all the way to the top, because f*** that? Have you wanted to step on 505-million-year-old fossils while climbing halfway up that tall mountain? Have you wanted to go into an EXCLUSIVE, restricted-access area that can only be entered with a guide? Well then let me tell you about the Mt. Stephen Burgess Shale fossil beds guided hike in Yoho National Park! Continue reading
After our quick trip south to Waterton Lakes National Park, David and I headed 3 hours back up north for one more hike in the glorious Kananaskis valley: Mt. Indefatigable. This peak had some of the best views we’ve had on our entire 3-week grand tour of the Canadian Rockies, so that is SAYING SOMETHING! Continue reading
Waterton Lakes National Park sits on the US-Canada border, and is connected to Glacier National Park in Montana. Consequently, it has some truly premiere hiking opportunities which David and I took advantage of by hiking one of the area’s more famous trails: the Akamina Ridge trail. Continue reading
Located along the Icefields parkway in Banff National Park, Cirque Peak is rated a premiere hike in “Don’t Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies”, with awe-inspiring panoramic summit views. Unfortunately, on the day we hiked it, fires blazing through British Columbia had created a significant smoky haze throughout large sections of Banff National Park. Fortunately, we had a freak once-in-a-lifetime trail incident in which we saw a #$@!*^& LYNX. You win some, you lose some. Continue reading
Located in the less crowded Kananaskis valley southeast of Banff, humble 8200 foot Grizzly Peak offers incredible views with a rating of “easy” in Kane’s “Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies” book. I would argue that there is zero scrambling to achieve the summit of Grizzly Peak, but don’t worry, it’s ~900m (3000ft) of elevation gain in ~5km round trip, making it SUPER DUPER STEEP! Continue reading
Warning: This blog post has EMOSHUNS and FEELINGS. Enter at your own risk. Continue reading
Hey y’all! Back in November I finished up the 67 New England 4000 footers, which is all of the mountains over 4000 feet in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. And so, to reflect on my years of hiking in New England and all of the mountains on the list, I present you with my New England 67 Superlatives.