mchellemarie Archive

Climbing and Skiing the Hood

The opportunity arose to climb and ski an iconic Pacific Northwest volcano: Wy’east, more commonly known as Mount Hood, in Oregon. Standing slightly higher than 11,000 ft (3400m), Mount Hood is is a potentially active stratovolcano, which constantly steams noxious gases from fumaroles. Rarely will I pass up an exciting adventure such as this which can be accomplished in your standard long weekend – it had to …

Wapta Traverse – Attempt Numero Uno

Planned for some of the shortest days of the year, and over New Years Eve, my friends and I prepared to attempt the Wapta Traverse. Known to be a world-class “must-do” Rocky Mountain ski tour, we picked dates that worked best for the group’s vacation calendars. Beginning at Peyto Lake we would traverse the glacier over 5 days and 4 nights, staying at Alpine Club of Canada …

Grand Canyon R2R2R

I haven’t done a blog post recently because, frankly, I haven’t been doing the most exciting/newsworthy things, I think. I did some pretty cool ski trips in the spring to Jumbo Pass Cabin and to Asulkan Hut in Rogers Pass, but I suppose I found myself “too busy” (a phrase I absolutely despise) to write about those. In May I went on a really fun …

Castleguard Cave

When your friends invite you on a crazy mission to visit a remote restricted-access cave under a glacier in a National Park, you don’t decline the opportunity. Or at least, I don’t. Such was the case when my friends Gavin and Katie invited me to accompany them on a weekend winter expedition to Castleguard Cave in Banff National Park. The cave is gated and locked …

What I Learned From Not Eating For 5 Days

Recently I listened to a fascinating podcast during which Tim Ferriss interviewed Dom D’Agostino on fasting, ketosis and the end of cancer. (You should definitely give it a listen). The podcast piqued my interest in these topics, and I decided to do a little digging. It turns out that fasting isn’t just some new fad diet. People have been fasting (or starving, or cleansing, depending …