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Trip date: May 21-22, 2016.

You know there’s a May long weekend coming up when your local MEC is jam-packed with customers, loading up on camping gear and supplies, on a Wednesday evening. May long weekend holds a special place in our hearts; it sort of kicks off the camping/hiking season and, like bears, we come out of our hibernation and head outdoors to soak up the warm sun and bright blue skies over the course of not two, but THREE days. Not this weekend though, forecast showed rain, snow, overcast skies, and cool temps for most of it.

Long weekends around Vancouver can be a little problematic. In my experience, they bring crowds of people to all corners between Manning Park and Pemberton (and beyond). If weather is the slightest bit iffy, you can expect crowds at all the major huts/shelters. Based on the combo of a location the regular crowd likely hasn’t heard of, a long drive, and questionable road conditions (possible snow, downed trees, etc.), Ryan and I decided to head to the Birkenhead area to check out Mt. Ronayne. Read More

When you spend enough time in the mountains, you acquire a very distinct mindset; the way you think and see things start to change. Over time, we’re all the wiser through our experiences.

Here is a list of 20 things, I think we can all agree upon, only adventurers would know:

1. The 5 second rule is extended to at least 30 seconds when you’re outside and any food is dropped on the ground.

2. We’re not all a bunch of minimalist, vegan hipsters.

3. We’re also not a bunch of sodium crushing, nutrient processing, radical anti-government activists either.

4. We live and die by John Muir quotes; you know the ones: Read More

It’s taken the better part of a school year to figure this out; I’ve realized my time isn’t as abundant as it was when I was 18 years old.

My adventures and, subsequently, my blog entries have slowed down. I’m allocating much of my time into papers, exams, projects, and research. I’ve given up numerous weekends to these things and, collectively, I think it has taken a toll on me. I was of the mindset that school would be a Monday – Friday gig and I could continue doing what I do every weekend; spend time outside. Instead, in order to stay on top of things, I’ve had more ‘inside’ days than I’m happy to admit. I realize there are two reasons why this has become troublesome:

  1. My expectations of student life were absurd.
  2. Social media influences.

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