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A blog of opinions and ramblings on hiking, backpacking, scrambling, snowshoeing, and other outdoor pursuits.

Winter hiking in the Rockies

November 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Shortly after arriving in Calgary in 2008 we bought a few hiking guidebooks and started dropping into visitor centers to get advice on where to hike. As we arrived in the summer nearly every hiking route was snow-free and we had a wonderful time hiking where we pleased until early October. Then it snowed (and snowed, and snowed). People at the visi...
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The best thing you can buy for winter hiking

November 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Hiking in the winter is far easier than many people think. We've managed to hike every month in the Rockies, actually. If there is a lot of snow we'll go snowshoeing instead of hiking, but if we're heading to an area with just a little snow or tackling a popular trail that is sure to be packed solid we need something to give us good traction. Not o...
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The best backpacking food system

September 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
There are entire books written on cooking while backpacking, hundreds of prepackaged dehydrated meals available at most outdoor stores and even more online, lightweight stoves and backpacking ovens for baking, and an enormous number of other online resources offering ideas and advice on backpacking foods. This blog post is entirely different from t...
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Purifying water when backpacking

August 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Backpackers heading into the Rockies are advised to purify their water before drinking to avoid infection by bacteria and parasites such as giardia. Personally I have my doubts about the likelihood of getting sick from contaminated water in the Rockies (have you ever actually seen a study on this?), but have always used a filter "just in case". The...
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Photography and hiking

August 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
A lot of people message me to ask what camera I use, so I thought I'd do up a quick post on the topic to explain how I got to where I am when it comes to photography. While I've always been interested in photography, I didn't actively get into it until May 2010 when I bought my first digital SLR, a Nikon D90 with a 18-105 mm lens. At the time I di...
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