Category Archives: Outdoors

Almost Northover

On Saturday, I headed out into Kananaskis with some friends. Our goal was to complete the Northover Traverse loop in a single day. Total distance is approximately 36 km with almost 2000 m of total elevation gain. At the halfway point, there is a ridge for a few kilometres which is supposed to be outstanding on a clear day.

Unfortunately, after running and power hiking for 17 km, the wind was picking up and clouds were getting pretty low making visibility difficult. There was also some snow from the night before making footing a bit difficult at times as well. Although we were very close to the ridge, as a group we came to the decision that it would be an ‘Almost Northover Day’. Mother Nature won this time as we turned around and had to head back the way we came instead of completing the loop. It was the right decision as the clouds just kept getting lower for the rest of the day. We all got back down safely which is the most important part. We’ll be back next year!

View over Hidden Lake.

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Approaching Aster Lake.

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Aster Lake.

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Towards the ridge.

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Just after turning around.

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Powderface Loop

We ran the Powderface Loop today just outside of Bragg Creek. Pretty foggy at the top so no great views of the mountains. Still a great 25 km loop.

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Ha Ling

Awesome day on Sunday up to the top of Ha Ling through some snow. We are definitely getting spoiled with all of the amazing mountains and views!

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Bourgeau Lake and Harvey Pass

Here are a few more pictures from our run up to Bourgeau Lake and Harvey Pass yesterday. Just over 20 km and over 1000 m of elevation gain.

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Snowshoeing to Chester Lake

Amanda and I headed up to Chester Lake today to do some snowshoeing. We have had really cold weather lately but today was right around the freezing mark in Kananaskis making for a great day. Round trip took us about 3 hours including a snack at the top and some exploring around the Elephant Rocks.

Pictures from the day as well as a map of our journey are posted below.
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Half Marathon Completed!

Victoria Half MarathonOver the Thanksgiving weekend, Amanda and I successfully completed our half marathon in Victoria. We are both extremely proud of ourselves for finishing the race, especially since we weren’t exactly “runners” in the past. I think we might qualify now.

It was quite a family event with a total of 10 of us involved in the races. Congrats to Lauren and Caley for completing the half marathon, and Matt, Paul, Leslie, Cheryl and Larry for completing the 8 km. And finally, a special congratulations to Nana for completing the 8 km and finishing 2nd in her division! Of course, we also have to thank Boppa, Vic and Grandma Ivy for cheering us on from the sidelines. A great weekend was had by all and lots of turkey and pie after the race!

I’ve also posted links below to some hiking and camping trips that we did over the summer. With things being so busy, I didn’t get around to posting the photos until now. Enjoy!

Forks & Three Isle Lake

Forks Three IsleAmanda arranged a camping trip for my birthday weekend. We hiked into Forks Campground in Kananaskis the first night. The next morning, we woke up and climbed up to Three Isle Lake. Then we had the long hike back out to the parking lot.

It was a great birthday weekend! All the pics are here.

Ha Ling

Ha LingWe finally got out to do some hiking with our friends Meredith and Justin. We decided that we would climb Ha Ling in Canmore.

To see all the pictures, click here.

Victoria Half Marathon

Victoria MarathonI know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. Now that I’m in my final year of med school, things are getting a bit busier and I’ve been away on some electives. Things are going well though – it’s just that there hasn’t been that much non-medical stuff to post about since that’s about all I’ve been up to lately.

On a different note though, I’ve decided to run a half marathon in Victoria. It’s not until October but it will give me lots of time to get prepared. It also gives me an opportunity to visit my family out there over Thanksgiving weekend. I’ve never been much of a runner, so this is a big step for me. I’ve been trying to tell people so that there’s no giving up and turning back. I’ll try and post some updates as to how the training is going – but I have a feeling that a post saying ‘So, I ran again today…’ wouldn’t be that interesting!

If anyone else is interested in joining me, (Amanda has also said she will run), you can find out more information here.

Skiing at Lake Louise

Lake LouiseLast weekend, Amanda’s sister Lauren came out for a visit and on Saturday, we hit the slopes of Lake Louise. It was a clear and sunny day making both the scenery and company amazing!

You can see all the photos here!

EDIT: I should have said thanks to Lauren for remembering to bring her camera and providing these photos!

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Elbow & Tombstone Lakes

ElbowlakeLast weekend, Amanda and I decided to do some camping seeing as it was the long weekend and Amanda would be back teaching this week. We chose a really nice hike up past Elbow Lake and through the Elbow Valley to Tombstone Campground. After setting up our site, we headed up on another short hike to Tombstone Lakes.

We didn’t see a cloud in the sky all weekend and it was a great way to relax before we both start to get a little bit busier. We’re hoping to still get out hiking some more this year and ski season will be here in no time!

You can see all the pictures here.

Mozart on the Mountain

MozartonthemountainOn Sunday, Amanda and I ventured to Canmore for Mozart on the Mountain. It’s an outdoor concert put on by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. This year, the concert took place on the driving range of Stewart Creek Golf Course in the Three Sisters Mountain Village. It was a beautiful day and really warm. Over 7000 people were there for the concert and it was quite the experience to be listening to classical music in a mountain setting.

You can see some more pictures here.

NOTE: These pictures are part of Amanda’s new flickr account. I’ve put a link to her photos in my sidebar as well!

Galatea & Lillian Lakes

GalateaThis past weekend was my 28th birthday and Amanda surprised me with a weekend away in the mountains. We spent Friday night in Canmore and then headed into Kananaskis Country on Saturday morning. We hiked about 6.5 km into Lillian Lake where we camped for the night. After setting up the tent, we proceeded up to the Galatea Lakes which was a steeper 1.5 km hike – it was nice not having to carry the big packs anymore though! The scenery was spectacular as you’ll see in the photos. We had a bit of rain on the trip, but nothing to make us get too wet – all in all, the weather cooperated quite well for us.

On Sunday morning, we woke up to the sounds of a huge moose eating some of the plants and flowers about 10 feet from our tent which was pretty exciting! We then did the hike back out and returned to Calgary in time for dinner. Thanks to Amanda for a great birthday weekend!

You can see all the pictures here.

Mount Indefatigable

IndefatigableOn Sunday, we went hiking in Kananaskis Country with our friends Meredith and Justin. Both the day and the scenery were as good as you could ever ask for – very beautiful. It had been a while since we had been hiking in the mountains, so it was great to get out and enjoy the day! I should also say thanks to Meredith for bringing her camera since we forgot ours!

You can see the pictures here.

Kicking Horse 2006


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Sorry it’s taken me a week to finally get these posted. You can see the pictures from our trip to Golden, BC and Kicking Horse Ski Resort here. We had a great time with our friends Meredith and Justin and you can see us finishing off our fondue dinner in the later pictures. The skiing was also fantastic as they got LOTS of snow while we were there. I think all of our legs were toast by the end of the trip (except maybe for Justin – he seems to have endless energy!) All in all, a great trip that we’ll hopefully be able to do again next year. Our friends Kristen and Chris are coming from Ontario in a couple of weeks, so we’ll be out skiing Sunshine that weekend – looking forward to that as well.

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Kicking Horse This Weekend


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We’re off to Kicking Horse this weekend. Looking forward to a nice weekend away with some friends from school. We haven’t been out skiing in a couple weeks though, so I’m hoping that my legs are up for the challenge of two days in a row, on new trails that are supposed to be a little tougher than we’re used to. If my legs feel like Jello on Monday, then mission accomplished. Have a great weekend – I’ll post photos when we’re back!

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Skiing Video Should Work Now

For those of you that were having problems with the video from our day on the slopes last weekend, it should now be working. It may take a bit to load, but once it does, you should be able to view it. Let me know if you have any more problems. Scroll down to take a look!

Great Skiing


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We had an awesome day skiing at Sunshine Village yesterday. I’ve put up a photo album and as you can see, there was not a cloud in the sky all day.

We also got some movie clips from our camera and I’m in the process of putting together a short video clip with pictures and video highlighting our day. I’ll post the details about it here when I get it up on the site.

It’s supposed to be another nice day in Calgary today, but the forecast is looking to get cold by the end of the week. There’s always hope that the weather people will be wrong, but the winter has been so mild to this point that I think we can handle a couple days of colder temperatures.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

UPDATE: The video is now posted below!