I love being outdoors be it hiking, skiing, climbing, kayaking, cycling, the list is endless. With parents that encouraged me to hike and ski since I was little, being outside and enjoying nature is in my blood. I can’t think of any place better than being in the mountains, and studying geography and environmental management at university definitely helped with this! I am based out of Canmore, Alberta, a place perfect for passionate outdoors enthusiasts.
Taking photos of my trips led to me thinking of what to do with them, and so I thought I would share some of the hikes and outdoor activities that I get up to. I use a Nikon D5100 camera or my iPhone 6 for most of my photos, though some of the older photos (pre 2012) are mostly with my old Pentax or Kodak point and shoot cameras.
Most of the hikes I’ll be describing in this blog will be about the Canadian Rocky Mountains National Parks (Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper). However I’ll also be including some of the hikes and adventures that I have been on a little further afield, such as Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks and occasionally some from the Lower Mainland.
Having always found it difficult to come to a decision on which gear is right for me, I try to make an informed choice when I eventually make a purchase. So I’ll be reviewing some of the gear that I use along the way, and I hope that this might be of some use to my readers.
I work as a hiking and tour guide in Banff National Park, as well as a wide area of Western Canada. I am accredited with the Interpretive Guides Association, with my 80 hours Advanced Adventure Medic, Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 and Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 2. Contact me for more information on guiding services I am able to provide.
Aside from being outdoors, I have an interest in carpentry. I love working out how to make things, so I’ll try to include some of the projects that I’ve made too!
If you’re looking to find up to date information about trail conditions, the best place to look is the Parks Canada Trail Report Page, which is updated frequently. The hikes I’ve written about here can only show the conditions on the day I did the hike.
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