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.
El Chalten, Argentina is Patagonia’s “trekking capital” and for good reason! Dozens of walks ranging in difficultly from casual strolls to epic treks originate from in and around the town, and once you find your way to El Chalten (usually via several planes and buses) there’s no need for a rental car. I’ve detailed my Patagonia trekking and mountaineering adventures in my previous two blog posts, so now it’s time to talk about the equally awesome day hiking opportunities in El Chalten! Continue reading
While in El Chalten for 10 days in mid-January, Mike, David, and I had a climb of Cerro Electrico on our jam-packed Patagonia itinerary. Cerro Electrico is a “beginner mountaineering” mountain and only requires two days to climb it, but the rough, steep terrain is certainly enough to keep a novice mountaineer / avid hiker on their toes! Continue reading