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: December 15, 2016 I just wrapped up the semester last week with final exams, and I’ve been hitting the mountains every day (all two of them) since. I’ve been warming up my legs for bigger winter trips later in the season, so far so good. Stats Area: Mount Seymour Provincial Park, North Vancouver, BC. Objective: Dog Mountain Cumulative elevation gain: 296m Round trip distance: 4.9km Trail type: Out-and-back Nearby hikes: Mystery Lake, Dinkey Peak, First Pump, Tim Jones Peak Good to Know: This trail is well…

The second peak of Mount Seymour is the last peak before the main summit in the sequence of bumps starting from the parking lot. Unofficially known as “Second Peak” or “Second Pump”, the BC Provincial Government is in the process of renaming it “Tim Jones Peak” after the long time Team Leader of North Shore Rescue, who passed away on January 19, 2014 while hiking on Mt. Seymour. BC Parks and the BC Government have already approved the placement of a memorial plaque, a new SAR helicopter landing…

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…

Trip date: November 11, 2015 I assume everyone’s caught up with the good news we’ve had lately, there’s a bunch of snow accumulation in the mountains. Ryan and I planned to get out somewhere on Remembrance Day, we decided to stay nearby and head up First Pump on Mt. Seymour. This is a local hike in the Mount Seymour Provincial Park, located in the North Shore mountains. The trail gives you quick access to alpine and great views of Vancouver and the surrounding mountains. Stats Elevation gain: 848m…

After our recent failed attempt to Rohr Lake, Ryan and I decided we needed some spectacular views; we headed up Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial park this past weekend. There are a few route options to the ridge including: the Cheakamus Lake trailhead or the Rubble Creek parking lot. We started from the Rubble Creek parking lot and ascended the western ridge via the ‘old’ route (instead of the standard trail up the northern ridge on the eastern side). Rubble Creek to Taylor Meadows We had an early start at the…

When we set off for Rohr Lake last Saturday, given the weather, I was expecting skiers and snowshoers all over the trail; I was surprised when we didn’t run in to anyone all day. Is Rohr that underrated? The plan was to take our time up the trail, squeeze in as many blood sugar checks as possible, and consistently eat carbs throughout the day. I was playing around with my basal rate (hourly insulin intake) and I was trying out a few new sources of carbs including: Gu…