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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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Adventure Woman – Tanya Koob

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

I am always up to meeting a fellow adventurer but feel doubly excited when those adventurers are also parents! I recently had the fortunate opportunity to sit down with Tanya Koob from @mountainmomyyc to have her share with me about her experiences in parenting and outdoor adventure. Tanya and her husband enjoyed scrambling, skiing, climbing and mountaineering before having their son. Becoming parents did not stop them from pursuing their passion for exploring the Rockies. Most parents know it isn’t a cake walk to simply get…

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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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Adventure Woman – Lisa Hunka

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lisa grew up on the Alberta prairies. In her younger adult years she discovered her passion in the Rocky Mountains, with backpacking, mountaineering and climbing. Lisa recalls at an early age receiving a treasured gift,  a pair of cross country skis. Growing up in the heart of the prairies this was one of her first introductions to a sport that would lead her to play in the mountains. Her first career had her very much in the outdoors. After completing her degree in forestry, she…

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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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Ski Traverse Training – Haute Route

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring 2016 I’ve signed up for a spring 2017 ski traverse, in Europe, out of my comfort zone, where do I begin, when do I start commitment to training. Summer 2016 I was extremely active mountain biking and climbing, leaving me with a solid base to get started on ski specific training. My cardio fitness was strong and my movement and climbing strength was strong, not that I would expect to need to rock climb on this traverse, we are skiing, right…turns out 2017 was…

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Rocky Mountain Adaptive — ShredAbility

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Rocky Mountain Adaptive (RMA) located in Canmore, AB and operating throughout The Bow Valley, has been an integral part of keeping my entire family active in the mountains. My daughter participates in their winter 10-week ski program. Where she is able to have a one-on-one ski lesson for 2 hours each week with an (over)qualified instructor. She is now cruising down the green and blue runs at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, independently! When summer arrives to this part of Canada, she can be found…

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