backpacking Archive

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 …

Setbacks

Over 7 days I have trekked 150km in the remote Far West region of Nepal. I’ve encountered majestic forests, grand mountains, beautiful cascading waterfalls, and hills full of small villages and terraced crops. Overall its some of the most fantastic terrain I’ve ever had the pleasure of setting my eyes on. The hiking has been challenging – sometimes literally climbing up through falls, or down …

First Timer to Kathmandu

I’m in a new city, in a new country. People speak a different language and eat different food. Everything around me is strange and overwhelming. Kathmandu is not like other Asian cities I’ve visited. Awkward moments abound as I struggle to practice speaking Nepali to blank stares. I always say I have a good sense of direction, but here I prove myself wrong, getting completely lost …