Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wedding Pie Bar

So completely off topic, but I'm posting anyway. 

My son's wedding was last weekend and months ago when my daughter-in-law mentioned they were having a Pie-Bar because they don't like cake … I instantly thought, "Brilliance!" 

The amazing layout Morgan put together on the wedding pie bar!

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Mountains Were Calling

I'll have a large post or two coming up to recap this trip, a new adventure. 

Three nights - Sept. 2-5, 2016 - at the Alpine Club of Canada's Wates-Gibson Hut was memorable for many reasons … all of which make me feel fortunate.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Whirlpool Campground - Jasper, Alberta

Two nights, a steak dinner, a day hike, yoga, rain, wind, sun and oh, so many mosquitoes.

Whirlpool Campground in Jasper National Park.

Athabasca Pass trail … Whirlpool is 6.5km in, an easy hike on an old fire road.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Brewing Coffee in the Back Country - Backpacking Brew

Nothing Beats a fresh cup of coffee by the lake.

Like so many people, I love coffee. I’m not a coffee snob by any stretch of the imagination … more of an equal opportunity coffee drinker. It doesn’t really matter if it’s Folgers in the $35 drip maker before running out the door for work or a $5 latte from The Old Grind (a lovely independently owned coffee shop conveniently down the sidewalk from my office) … I love them all.

When I started preparing for backpacking adventures it was imperative that good coffee happen on the trail. I had no idea how, so I hit the Internet. My extraordinary Google Fu did not let me down.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Campfire Breakfast Sandwich with Cheese & Bacon

Campfire Breakfast Sandwich with Cheese & Bacon

I love food. So much. Seriously ... I have the rear end to prove it too.

Honestly it's one of the main reasons I hike. If I'm going to eat the way I like to eat I had to come up with an activity. 

Really, backpacking is just carrying your next meal around on your back for easy access.

Monday, March 28, 2016

After-Work Solo Hike

Mar 28, 2016 5:13 PM
Duration (Total) 1h 40m 51s , Distance 6.4km

-Tracked by SBphotography, on Ramblr

What was going to be a short after-work hike turned into a pretty great jaunt. I'm thrilled that the evenings are light enough that these hikes are now an option after work. The trails are very icy and snowy still ... there are a few places where they're bare and you get a glimpse of spring.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Coffee With A View

Mar 26, 2016 7:29 AM
Duration (Total) 2h 20m 8s , Distance 3.5 mi
It's a lot icier out than I expected, I would have been smarter if I had worn cleats.
-Tracked by SBphotography, on Ramblr
A quick trip out my front door and up to the lookout using Hinton Mountain Bike Association maintained trails. We're a lucky bunch up here.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Ice Cave At The Athabasca Glacier

Partners in crime hiking toward the ice cave just out of sight over a ridge center of picture.
Mar 19, 2016 1:08 PM
Duration (Total) 1h 48m 55s , Distance 2.2 mi
There's danger in going in the ice cave ... obviously ... enjoy at your own risk and be smart.
-Tracked by SBphotography, on Ramblr
A short hike from the Athabasca Glacier winter access point to the ice cave just right (north) of the glacier. This is a popular pit-stop on the Icefields Parkway near the Columbia Icefields Discovery Centre.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Return to Robson - Trip planning the Berg Lake Trail

I'm planning another trip to Mt. Robson and it always upset me that I didn't write a blog post about our 50km three-day hike on the amazing Berg Lake Trail in 2015. Then I realized that a combination of planning for this year and recapping last year would create the perfect, informative blog post.

The views on this hike will blow you away.

This trail has giant cedar and hemlock forests, a section so stunning it's called the 'Valley of a Thousand Falls', numerous glacier-fed river flats and soaring peaks so high you turn your ball cap around backwards to properly enjoy the view - how could we not go back?

I'm warning you right now, this post is long and photo heavy … there's no getting around it. I will do my best to include all of the information I like to see when I'm researching hikes. 

I know I appreciate having all the information available in one blog post and I hope you feel the same.

I'll try to touch on the booking and planning, gear and food prep, the experience and what I'm doing differently this time around and why. I've separated the subjects with headings, Booking and Site Planning, Preparation - Gear, Preparation - Food, Photography and The Trail. Feel free to scroll through in order to get what you need from this post.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Refining my backpacking cooking process.

Whew, almost one full year since I last posted a blog update. I have my reasons and we'll see how much I decide to keep this updated moving forward. 

I spent this past weekend messing around and experimenting in order to refine my cooking process on overnight hikes. Specifically with the intention of finding out if cooking in a food thermos was worth the efficiency to weight ratio. At one pound for the 500ml Esbit food thermos I wanted to be sure. 

Esbit 500ml Food Jug

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's All About That Back ...

This was yesterday's Facebook status:

As winter really settles in, and there's no major family-based holiday on the horizon it is a struggle to keep motivated in the fitness department. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Meal Planning with Google Calendar

I took a pretty big break in December. I didn't worry about exercise and eating habits. I felt a little bad about it but I didn't dwell on it. 

I had earned the break.

Also, a break now isn't the same as a break then. I was still going out for some activity, just not as much. And when I eat poorly now, it's not nearly as poorly as it used to be … so I let myself have a break.

I promised myself January was coming and I would get back at it then. And I did. Success, one whole month of planned meals. This isn't about low calorie or low fat, this is about eating whole, homemade food. This is about being more responsible about choices. 

Jason was off the first week and a half, so it gave us time to get used to the new system.