The Curse of West Coast Living
Apr25

The Curse of West Coast Living

Ok so it’s not so much a curse as a stress. But let me be clear that there is good stress and bad stress. You know like worrying you won’t have the money to pay rent for the month, that would be a bad stress. The stress I am talking about is GOOD stress. The kind of stress that puts a constant pressure on you to make the most of your time. Living in a temperate climate like the West Coast breeds this type of good stress. The...

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Mount Baker: Ice Climbing
Dec15

Mount Baker: Ice Climbing

 “Did you see the BCMC call out for a trip to the Mt Baker seracs to do some ice climbing? Do you want to sign up?” This was the question I received in a text from Leigh one morning in October. I texted back within seconds saying “Anniversary at Baker!” It just so happened that the Thursday before the trip we would see our 8th year wedding anniversary come and go.  This seemed like the perfect way to see in...

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Hiking: Tips and Tricks
Oct04

Hiking: Tips and Tricks

Sometimes, the best tips and tricks are learnt the hard way, so I thought I’d compile a list of some of mine that I’ve picked up over the last few years from hiking and backpacking through all four seasons and from valley floor to mountain top. Tie your shoe laces properly: This is a bit of a life hack as you can utilize it outside of hiking. If you find your boot laces start to loosen every few hours when you’re hiking you probably...

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Skins, Skis and Aching Knees
Apr13

Skins, Skis and Aching Knees

“I’m concentrating on Ice Climbing this Winter, not Skiing” I foolishly uttered those words to myself last Fall believing I would hold fast in my convictions. I truly believe that if you want to get good at something, not just passably capable, you need to pick one pursuit per season. I’ve consistently broken my own rule in this regard. I’m like that dog in the film “UP” that has all the intentions in the world of doing one...

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Ice Climbing, The Rambles: A Photo Essay
Mar21

Ice Climbing, The Rambles: A Photo Essay

Recently we drove a few hours North in search of good Ice to climb near the Gold Rush town of Lillooet, BC. We weren’t hopeful as the conditions over the previous few weeks had not been favorable. In the 11th hour we received word that The Rambles, an area about a 30min drive South of Lillooet, was “in” meaning the ice could still be climbed. We booked a cheap Motel in Lillooet, crammed all our climbing gear into the...

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