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 »

The Skyline

Gill pauses on the short switchback climb to Watchtower Col

The Skyline is an epic point to point 45 km trail in Jasper National Park with around 30 km spent above the tree line in alpine valleys and along fabulous ridges.  While a spectacular hike, it’s also very busy – lots of trail runners completing the trail in one day. Our sense of being in the more »