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Trip Date: October 2, 2016

I was scrolling online, as one does on a Thursday night in attempt to make weekend plans and get a sense of trail conditions paired with inspiration so they might get out somewhere during the upcoming weekend to take a break from the midweek grind, when there it was, a report of a hike to Blanca Lake. The area was new to us, it looked stunning in pictures, so Ryan & I went for it on the following Sunday.

Blanca Lake is located in the Elaho Valley, Squamish, BC. There isn’t a ton of info online so we didn’t know what to expect. Blanca Lake itself was great, but I fell in love with the nearby, smaller tarns. We could have easily spent a full day or two connecting the nearby ridges – we’ll be back for longer trips in the future. Read More

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 two canoes and two row boats, a well equipped kitchen, a wood stove, and loft for your sleeping headquarters. If you’re looking for a more backcountry experience, you’re welcome to set up at the campground next to the hut or on the sandspit beach, about 2kms to the south of the hut.

The hut is open for public use by reservation only and it’s locked otherwise. We had a group come up during our stay and they had no idea about the reservation system or associated cost to use the hut; they were not thrilled about camping along the lake. The cost for staying at the ACC hut is $15/person/night for members and $25/person/night for non-members. If you’re interested in booking a stay, you can contact Ron Royston (hut custodian) via phone or email: 604-921-8164 or ronroyston@shaw.ca.
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I was in a Sport Sociology lecture on Sport and Disability, and I’m keen to share a few lingering thoughts with fellow Type 1s.

During the lecture, we talked about society and disability; specifically, how society shapes how we see things, how we think, and how we perceive disabilities. How we view disability is portrayed through a ‘grand narrative’.

Grand narrative: General theme through which a story is written or shaped.

I’m usually quiet on the topic of disability in context with anything, because I’m not 100% sure of my thoughts on it. I stayed quiet and observed through the duration of the class. There were minimal heated discussions and/or strong opinions, we watched a few heartfelt clips about the Paralympics, a young boy with cerebral palsy, and two TED talks by Aimee Mullin; yeah, it was a tear-jerking morning. Read More