I’ve had yet another many-months-long hiatus from the blog-o-sphere, but I’m back (back again!) for a life-update post! The past year has been such a challenging, unusual period for all of us; I partly blame the monotony and uncertainty of COVID-19 Lockdown-Life for my lack of motivation to write, but not writing or blogging was … More Checking in – Hello Spring 2021!
I’m pretty sure I’ll never be able to convince my husband Ryan to go on any mountaineering or climbing trips, but he loves camping and backpacking! Let’s be honest, climbing is hard and it takes a certain special (potentially masochistic?!) kind of person to tolerate the mental and physical demands of mountaineering. We also generally … More A mini-backpacking trip to Ribbon Lake
Mount Joffre is an impressive, glaciated mountain located in Peter Lougheed Park that stands at 3,450 m tall! It is generally known as one of the “easier” 11,000ers of the Canadian Rockies, and it was our selection for the first summer mountaineering trip of the year. Hannah, Trish and I met during a Women’s Introduction … More Mount Joffre, the 5th AAWSOME Summit (nope, not a typo)!
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King, Jr. Like many of you, the news about the unjust killing of George Floyd by a police officer has been weighing really heavy on my heart. It weighs especially heavy because this is not … More I pledge to be an Anti-Racist
The weather is finally getting warmer, the snow is melting, and most importantly, provincial parks have re-opened! May and June are beautiful months to get outside and enjoy nature – but in the mountains, it’s still considered to be “early season” and a lot of destinations are snow covered, especially at higher elevations or further … More Early Season Hikes and Scrambles near Calgary!
I wrote this post almost 5 years ago now after a solo trip to Thailand and Cambodia. Wow, how time flies! This was such a memorable experience for me, and I’ve been enjoying reflecting and reminiscing on past travels during this period of uncertainty and stillness. I hope you enjoy reading about my experience visiting … More An Ethical Elephant Experience
I wasn’t originally going to write a trip report on this relatively uneventful weekend, because this Bow Hut trip was really supposed to be a training weekend for doing the Wapta Traverse, which got cancelled due to the Coronavirus. So, I spent some of my extra time writing this little summary reminiscing on a time … More Thoughts on a Lifetime of Loving the Mountains (Bow Hut Winter Edition)
The final installment of Victoria and Christina’s grand friend-venture is finally here. I’ll admit this is long overdue, but better late than never right?! If you missed parts one and two, you can find them HERE and HERE! For the last part of our trip, the plan was to attempt Mount Cline, which is … More Cline Lakes and Mount Owen (Friend-venture Part 3)
As I currently write this post, it is the last day of 2019! What better day to take some time to look back and reflect on the past year! This kind of post has been popularized by famous bloggers like James Clear, and I’ve been doing a similar thing over the past several years in … More Some reflections on the past year and decade
For the second year in a row, Manny, Neil and I decided to tackle hiking Northover Ridge in a single day push. Northover Ridge is a spectacularly beautiful backpacking trail in Kananaskis Provincial Park that most people take around 3 days to complete, camping at Aster Lake and Three Isle Lake. Manny had done this … More The Northover Ridge Challenge!