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October Snow and Sunshine Provide Ample Outdoor Opportunities

Saturday, October 27, 2018

I’ve often said that October is my least favourite month of the year.  In October there’s typically not enough snow for skiing.  The ski resorts don’t open until November and  it’s usually too early for ice climbing.  But most days are too chilly for rock climbing.  I don’t like searching for holds I can use with numb fingers.  I’m also not fond of shivering in a puffy jacket while I’m belaying.   This year, October delivered.  A huge dump of snow in early October that…

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Proper Recovery is Key to Rewarding Mountain Adventures

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

My partner and I recently completed an epic backpacking trip where we hiked over 130 km and tackled 2 remote big mountains, in 8 days.  We had 2 weeks of vacation and planned to spend the second week climbing.  But first, we took a day off to celebrate our achievements and let our bodies recover. The next day, we did an easy multi pitch climb.  We wanted a relaxing day and some practice placing gear.  However, we didn’t enjoy the route, we found it surprisingly…

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Recovering from Injuries

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Getting injured is terrible, even when you get injured doing something you love.  Recovering from injuries can be straightforward.  Medical science has many ways to help us heal our bodies.  But even when the body has fully healed, the mind may hold on.  This is the story of how I got injured last September and the mental side of my recovery. The Fourth Bolt I clip the fourth bolt and breath deeply.  This is the place.  I’m about 15 meters off the ground and the climbing has…

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How to Customize Your Standard Fitness Training Program

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Thinking about committing to one of our standard fitness training programs but not sure if it’s right for you?  This step by step guide will show you how to customize your standard fitness training program to get the most out of it. Step 1 – Perform Each Exercise Properly Before your first workout, look over the exercises recommended for each of the three strength sessions in the first week.  Make sure you know how to perform them properly, with good form.  If you’re unsure, look…

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Mistaya Lodge with Cloud Nine Guides

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Week at Mistaya Lodge with Cloud Nine Guides Delivers Amazing Back-country Skiing and Much More We sit down for the first course of breakfast, a delicious assortment of fruit, muesli, oatmeal and yogurt, I wonder what the day will bring.  Outside the temps have dropped to a crisp minus 15C, and an even blanket of snow covers the valley and mountainsides as far as I can see. I look around the lodge’s long wooden dining table and most of the other guests are older…

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Learning to Climb is Not Just for Young People

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

“Am I too old for this?”  I asked myself as I joined three twenty-something participants in a 5 day course to learn glacier travel and ice climbing.  I was two decades older than them and worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up, worried I had no business taking this beginner course at my age.   When I was a kid, I didn’t know anyone who climbed.  Despite living close to the mountains, the people I knew seemed content to drive the scenic highway and…

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8 Tips to Stay Motivated to Workout at Home

Thursday, March 15, 2018

There is a big appeal to working out at home.  You don’t have to drive to the gym on chilly mornings.  You can roll out of bed, throw on whatever workout clothes are on the floor of your closet and not worry about how you look or who you’re going to see and you can workout on your own time, whenever is most convenient for you.  Sounds great, right? Working out at home comes with its own challenges.  One of the biggest is staying motivated. …

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How to get Fit for Mountain Climbing

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Are you planning to climb a mountain this year?  Whether you’ve chosen a local peak or you’re planning to travel to climb a far off peak, you know you need to be fit.  It’s very disheartening to climb partway up, realize you don’t have the fitness you need to get to the top and have to turn around.  It’s even worse to get to the top exhausted and then get injured on the way down because your legs have turned to wet noodles. So what’s…

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Learning the Meaning of Mountain Fitness

Thursday, January 4, 2018

It was September 2014. I was nearing the summit of Mount Athabasca and I knew I was in trouble. My friend had convinced me to join her on an alpine course offered by one of the local guide companies, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures. I loved being out in the mountains and wanted to expand my skills so I agreed to sign up. My biggest concerns leading up to the course were whether I had sufficient prerequisite skills and if the weather would cooperate. I never thought…

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