expedition 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 …

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 …

The Five Treasures of the Great Snows – Part 1 of 2

The trekking adventures continue! I just returned from three wildly exciting weeks on trail, living among the giants. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world topping out at 8586m. Its name means “The Five Treasures of the Great Snows”. This mountain can be accessed from both Nepal and India, as it’s right on Nepal’s eastern border with Sikkim. The collection of 5 peaks …