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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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Solstice Weekend Bikerafting Overnight on the Bow River

Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it  Ferris Bueller Where Can I Go Bikeraft Camping Near Calgary? I got myself a couple of packrafts this year, and I’ve been itching to take them for a long trip. Since quick trips involving rivers are…

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MYOG clothing

Clothing. Bike specific clothing is often not suitable for all types of bikepacking. After 4 days of riding, padded shorts lose their appeal as they gain in olfactory impact. I like to wear fairly normal clothes, but they don’t always hold up to the biking or to the cold. Pants: I find when riding bikes…

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