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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 …

Blackfoot Ultra – Pain & Gain

“We need sometimes to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard, in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment no matter what.” – George Santayana This quote is actually from a book about the philosophy of travel, but it resonates well with me in …

Rockin’ the Rockies

Yesterday I ran the Blackfoot Ultra 50K. I’ll post a race report once I have images. But for now I’m going to leave you in some suspense about how it went. Clearly I’m still alive, so at least you know it didn’t kill me. This post will focus instead on the last couple of weeks of training. Overall, the training went fairly well, but I …

Feeling The ‘Spring’ In My Step

So May 30th is the Blackfoot Ultra, in which I am registered for the 50km distance. In the last couple of weeks I’ve endeavored to pick up my training, which was slow to start due to ski season (skiing took precedence on most weekends). Now, due to inconsistent race training, I’m a little concerned about how well race day is going to go. My last …

Fryatt Valley Ski Tour Trip Report

Jan 22 – 25, 2015 some friends and I headed out to the Alpine Club of Canada Fryatt Hut in Jasper National Park. On the Thursday evening after work we drove from Calgary to the HI-Beauty Creek hostel. After a quick group chat we headed to sleep relatively early given the next morning’s early start. To get to Fryatt you must cross the Athabasca River. …