It’s that time of year again, when we choose the most perfect moments and reflect on them, hold on to them, to validate to ourselves that they were something special. We choose these memories because they are the way things should have been, would have been, had it not been for, well, life. In these snapshots, the moments are unwarped and golden. The views and sensations are in fine detail: wildflowers dancing in the breeze, rainfall streaming down my face, legs overrun by a burning sensation from pushing…

Last updated: December 20, 2016 Everyone has their own method to the madness of trip planning – some plan extensively, some don’t see the value in planning, and some may not know how or where to start. There is an abundance of information available online to help you decide where to go, when to go, how to pack, and more. I can’t comment on the accuracy of the sites out there, but I do have several go-to sites I like to check out for local updates and area-specific…

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…

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…

The above photo is of a sunrise taken along Seymour Road, located in the Mt. Seymour Provincial Park, BC. This moment is symbolic of the new year ahead; new goals, new ambitions, and a new start. Well, it’s that time of year again, where I spend a some time to reflect on the past 12 months. It’ll take way too long to summarize the year, a lot has happened! With the help of friends and family, I’ve started building my brand as ‘Adventures of a T1D‘ and designed…

November 28, 2015 Ryan and I attended the annual North Shore Rescue Christmas party at Grouse Mountain’s Altitudes Bistro on Saturday evening. With the great weather forecast (clear skies and a temperature inversion), we took advantage of our starting position; after the party, we grabbed our packs and hiked out to Thunderbird Ridge for a winter camp and sunrise. Stats This is an easy hike/snowshoe in the Grouse slackcountry with views of the Lower Mainland and beyond. Pros Elevation gain: ~200m Distance: 5.8km Pros: Low avalanche risk in…

September 4-5, 2015 It’s good to be back in the BC mountains!! After considering a few factors: over 1.5 months of no hiking (for me) and currently fighting off a cold (me again), Ryan and I decided to ease back into the mountains by going for a mellow backpacking trip this September long weekend. Our original plan was to spend 3-4 days in the Shulaps range, but with the recent storm, which brought a cumulative 50cm of snow in the alpine and well below treeline, we thought ‘heck,…

Trip Date: July 17-18, 2015 Ryan and I checked out the Blowdown area, including Kidney Lakes & Gotcha Peak. We set up camp at Blowdown Lake and made our way around. Stats: Kidney Lakes: Elevation gain: 164m Distance: 2.94km

I read a while back you might learn more from climbing the same mountain 50 times than you would from climbing 50 different mountains. I can’t vouch for climbing, but I know hiking trails are much the same. I’ve visited the Shulaps range via the same access a handful of times and each trip has been different from the last. For as long as I’ve observed, I’ve found different views, weather, lighting, colors and a different state of mind. Have you ever spent time on a mountain or…