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: August Long Weekend 2016 As August long weekend rolled in, we rolled out to Lake Lovely Water to spend a few days at the Alpine Club of Canada Tantalus Hut. The Tantalus Provincial Park is unlike anything I’ve traveled to before. The stunning Lake Lovely Water is circled by peaks screaming to be scrambled or climbed; if you’re not used to technical travel (beyond hiking), your options are a little limited. If you choose to book a few nights at the hut, you’ll have access to…

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…

May 9, 2015 Trip Report: Ryan and I were keen on getting some elevation in our legs last Saturday, we decided to check out Evans Peak in the Golden Ears Provincial Park. This was Skeena’s first scramble. Stats Total distance: 9.2km. Cumulative elevation gain: 992m. Approx. completion time: 5-7 hours (or less, depending on your level of fitness). Great short hike with decent elevation gain. Steep terrain and some scramble sections near summit.

Trip Date: March 21, 2015 Ryan and I recently decided to check out the High Falls creek trail in Squamish. This hike has been on my to-do list for a while now and I was stoked to get it done. Prior to hiking the High Falls creek trail, I had zero experience photographing waterfalls. On our way to Squamish, I thought to brush up on my waterfall photog skills and skimmed through a few sites online. I found this blog to be the most helpful: http://www.alexwisephotography.net/blog/2011/11/16/how-to-photograph-waterfalls-tutorial/ Along Squamish Valley road,…

A few weeks ago, I went on a solo hike up the east summit of Frosty Mountain in Manning Park. This was my first hike within the park; the views were well worth the drive and I’ll definitely be back. I parked at the Lightning Lakes day lot and I was on the trail a little before 10:00am. I hiked ~23km and gained ~1250m over 7 hours and 20 mins, including short breaks on the way up and an hour long break at the top. I didn’t see…

Sometimes, in life, you just need to jump in a heli and fly to a tranquil lake, rope up and hike on a glacier, sit in a canoe and enjoy the ride while your partner does 68% of the work, take arbitrary selfies while sun-tanning, capture the sunset with a loved one, indulge in (impressive) pancake breakfasts and steak dinners, and jump back in a heli and fly out. This is a very special place. Though very close to home, its location and inaccessibility amplifies its beauty and seclusion. During the August…

After weeks of nagging Ryan about wanting to learn more technical skills in terms of hiking, scrambling, and mountaineering, he finally took me out. This is one of those hikes I should have done long, long ago, but never really got around to doing; nor was I too interested in the high traffic trails. I made a failed attempt at snowshoeing in the area years ago, but didn’t make it back until this trip. I was surprised at how beautiful it was – this seems to be happening…