Bhutan

Punakha Dzong

I was fortunate enough to be asked to join a one week mission to Bhutan related to climate change resilience planning. I managed to explore Thimphu, take the Dorchula Pass over to Punakha, and to hike up to the famous Paro Takseng (Tiger’s Nest Monastery! What a great experience.

Tonquin Valley – snow and mud!

The Ramparts at Amethyst Lake

Perhaps this was one backpack trip too many for 2016. We knew we were leaving Calgary to go back to Vancouver in 2017, and wanted to hike this spectacular u-shaped hike through the Tonquin Valley. We had all types of weather on this hike, including snow and sleet as we made out way through the valley – some great views, and spectacularly muddy trails.

Devon Lakes and Pipestone Pass

Fog at Devon Lakes

One of the best backpack trips we’ve done – anywhere. And the weather wasn’t exactly great, providing a good test for some of our gear, and confirming the retirement of some well used items.

Mount Niles Col and Wenkchemna Pass

Mount Niles boulder field

Just a normal weekend when you live in Calgary.  Heading up to the mountains on Friday after work for a couple of days of fantastic day hiking. The best of our two hikes was the hike to Mount Niles in Yoho National Park, just on the BC side of the Rockies near to Lake Louise.   Given this more »