Mt. Robson in the Canadian Rockies

Posted on 19th September 2013 in adventure, nature

Ok. I didn’t actually peak Mount Robson, but I got pretty damn close. I was so close that I shivered from the special climate the peak ripped through the atmosphere. Literally; it’s pointy.

My brother Bart, his friend Scott, and I packed our gear into our hiking packs, divvy’d up the food, double checked my camera (Canon T1i), backup camera, and lenses (50 mm and 12 – 24 mm), and stepped over the bridge onto the Berg Lake Trail to begin our journey.

I do a lot of hiking, so I’m fairly familiar with the ways of the bush. I carry a knife with me most places I go – not that this is the only thing one needs in the bush.

This hike, however, turned into a 3 day, ~ 70 km round trip hike. 2 days up, 1 day down. You must book yourself into the trail because.. well, safety.

In the end I had a completely overwhelming feeling from Mother Nature about her natural beauty, about expansiveness and majesty, about earth. About the sweet sweet dirt beneath our feet. You know that feeling you get when you see a sunset, or remember a happy place you’ve been and breathe in deeply? Well, it was that feeling all day every day.

Also, how do you like my brother’s van?

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Journey Through the Kootneys

Posted on 14th September 2011 in adventure, nature

Recently, I’ve gone from a wedding in Kamloops, through the Rocky Mountains to Calgary, where I did a photoshoot with Kimberbow. After all this excitement, yes, I kept on journeying, and headed to the Kootneys.

I travelled down the East side of the Rockies, past the Black Creek Heritage Rangeland Natural Reserve along highway 22. I came out at Lundbreck where they have windmills everywhere, which I find very beautiful to see.  After this, I stayed on highway 3 most of the way to Creston, at which time I turned North along Kootney Lake, over the Nelson ferry, and stayed along the lake and up through Kaslo, where Kootney Lake is now called Mirror Lake.

From here the trip went up between Goat Range Provincial Park and Duncan Lake, where it turned to gravel road. This swung all around and came out close to the ferry to go across to Revelstoke, which I bypassed and kept heading down along Upper Arrow Lake through Nakusp, across to Rosebery, down the East side of Slocan Lake through Winlaw (which I thought was beautiful place) and across to Nelson. I really enjoyed Nelson, and wish i would have spent more time there, but After this, I meandered my way through Salmo, Fruitvale, Trail, Rossland, and then up past Nancy Green Provincial Park, and over to Castlegar on the 3 again, the Crownest Highway. I stayed in Syringa Provincial Park, which was beautiful, but quirky because it was on a lake that was a lake because at the end of the lake there was a giant dam (and a pulp mill). After this, I headed back through Castlegar, and along the Crowsnest Hwy to Grand Forks and Westwood, at which time I turned up to Christian Valley which was a long gravel road. I found a cold, but remote campsite where I wandered around for a while.

Long story short, after this went through to Kamloops, then back home to Vancouver. Pheuf! Now, PICTURES! (there’s a lot)

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