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Trip date: July 15, 2017

Whether you’re looking for something short & sweet or long & demanding, Manning Park has trails of all levels for park users to choose from. Ryan & I recently planned to hike a marathon distance day trip and the most obvious choice that would cover the mileage, provide motivating views, and allow an easy-to-travel trail bed was the Heather trail in Manning Park.

Some days I have to dig deep and some days I find it effortless to move in the mountains. This was a solid combo of both sentiments – having to dig deep along an effortless trail. Long daylight hours, golden sunshine, and wild flowers dancing in the (very cold) breeze made for a spectacular hike to Nicomen Peak. Read More

The above picture was taken from: http://bctvkootenays.com/2017/06/28/fire-crews-still-battling-lightning-caused-fires-in-arrow-fire-zone-after-mondays-storm/

This post is not directed towards the average outdoors enthusiast – the ones who are respectful of the environment, plan ahead, follow the rules, and are not oblivious to their surroundings. It is intended for those who caused or contributed to what is already the worst wildfire season this Province has seen. And we have one more long weekend to get through.

Dear Outdoor User:

You naively parked in the tall dry grass, set up your campsite, started a fire, lit and tossed a cigarette, bombed around on your ATV, and/or left your stove unattended while you relaxed, explored, partied and/or headed off to bed. You either ignored or were willfully ignorant of the Province-wide fire ban and off-road driving restrictions. Read More

Women in the Outdoors

Almost two years ago, towards the end of 2015, I had wrapped up my first sport sociology course. I wrote an academic paper, Women Participation in Outdoor Recreation, and felt unbelievably empowered to change the world’s perspective on women in the outdoors through an elaborate blog post. Needless to say, there are a few issues with how women are perceived in wilderness recreation settings. Read More