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Fatbikepacking Adventure With Teens

The teen years mean father and son trips are a lot lamer than they were when my son was young. Not that I’m slower, or less adventurous, but I’m just not as cool as his friends are. [as usual, click photos to enlarge.] The solution to this, is of course, to bring friends.           (more…)

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In Which My Friend Guy and I Stumble Into a Surprise Winter Adventure

My friend Guy is a super positive influence to take on bikepacking trips. He always has a new piece of home-made gear to show off, or a new idea to solve a common problem. He never whines, which is good, because we stumbled into a surprise winter adventure… The Sensible Part Our first night out…

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Bad Advice Girl

We were hiking a popular 3-8 day trail. A group of women was hiking approximately the same route and schedule as us. The apparent leader of the group, who we would soon dub “Bad Advice Girl”, was loud, and did a lot of lecturing. It was impossible not to overhear.  We had questions about her…

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Rockwall Featherweight Division Follow-up Video

During our third hike of the Rockwall as a family the week before, Fiona decided that she and I should hike the Rockwall twice as quickly with as little stuff as we could. I couldn’t bring a real camera, so here is a POV camera movie of that trip. Yes, we hiked the Rockwall twice…

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Rockwall: The Third Time

Some hikes are worth it. Some are worth doing again. The Rockwall is a world-famous hike in the Canadian Rockies, and for good reasons. The first time, we were amazed by the scenery. The second, we were still enthralled. A third trip seemed in order. We had planned to bring an extra teenager, but with…

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Rockwall: Featherweight Division

I got some groceries, some peanut butterTo last a couple of daysBut I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphonesAin’t got no records to playTalking Heads We Love the Rockwall Trail On our recent third hike of the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park, Fiona and I were discussing trail runners and ultralight backpackers.…

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Fish Lakes Adventure – Amorous Porcupines, Kickboxing with Grouse, Hail, Snow, Mosquitoes, and More.

The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is attitude.Bob Bitchin Fish Lakes and Pipestone Pass are two of the most beautiful places in the Canadian Rockies. We’ve been before, and we’ll be back, but this time we brought our friends to show them one of our favourite hikes, and so our Fish Lakes Adventure…

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DIY Packraft Early Review

What the Heck? Packrafts are inflatable rafts that are light enough to pack on a bike or in a backpack. Though they are all light, many have whitewater capability. In general, the lightest flatwater models weigh 1-3kg and the whitewater styles can be as heavy as 5kg. I heard about DIYpackraft.com through internet searching. He…

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Kootenay River Bikerafting Loop

I originally had a 4-day Kootenay River bikerafting loop planned for this weekend, It definitely involved hot springs. Life got in the way, and drying out an iPhone that had spent some time submerged, delayed the start and cancelled the 4th day, I set out from Radium late Friday afternoon. My bike was loaded with…

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