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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 – Sylvie Roy

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  I would like to introduce you to the amazing Sylvie, she moved to Western Canada 17 years ago where she slowly fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. Sylvie is also an academic in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her first degree was in Kinesiology, then she took a degree in Education and she taught in school. Eventually becoming an expert in second language teaching and learning and sociolinguistics. Growing up in rural Quebec, running and cross-country skiing is…

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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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Adventure Woman – Tiffany Meyer

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

  Tiffany is a Bow Valley local who took up climbing in her 51st year of life. It was while she was working at the newly opened Good Earth Café which looks directly into the newly built climbing gym at Elevation Place, in Canmore AB. While working and observing many climbers new and seasoned she was intrigued by their movement and skill, she felt a draw to give climbing a try. First she had to work to overcome a shoulder injury, she managed this with…

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Maximizing Your Workout

Thursday, May 10, 2018

When it comes to finding time to get fit for your weekend adventures, it is always hard.  Between kids, work, volunteer demands and pets, you want to maximize your efforts. There are some simple ways to lift those weights or do your strength training, or cardiovascular training with efficiency. Find a facility or place to train that is convenient, your best time of day, make it social time too, or potentially partner time and use proper bio-mechanics (form). Where to train? If you are going…

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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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Paula’s 5 Favourite Core Exercises

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Defining Body Core Core is not just a 6 pack abs the above picture illustrates most of the full core well, your core is from you hips/thighs to your shoulders. These muscles help us hold our posture proper all day long, sitting standing and other positions. Some of these muscles also assist greatly in our balance and stability ALL DAY long, some of them help us move. Core strength is important in daily living as well as super important in sport, endurance sport is no…

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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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Building Your Home Workout Space

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Fitness equipment is expensive, can be bulky and often collects a lot of dust, gym memberships and punch pass often collect a lot of dust too. If you have room in your basement, loft, or bonus room why not set up a small area that can be easily put away when not in use or better yet dedicate that area to fitness. Benefits of working out at home, the ability to get at it whenever it will work, your kids see you making fitness a…

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