In my mind I am an adventurer, an explorer, a seeker of the world around me. I look forward to the next big project. Whether it’s cycle touring, backcountry exploring, peak bagging, whatever. I cherish the long days on the bike saddle, or off the beaten path. In reality I am a 38, soon to be 39 year husband and father working in the city. … Continue reading Time and the Maintenance of it all.
So here we are. The beginning of 2020. I just got back from a few days rest out of town, and finally have a moment to plug in. I’ve been thinking back over the year. 2019 was definitely a year of taking things to the next level. Working on building my climbing skills (of which I don’t have much), a few big projects, Pico de … Continue reading Rear View Mirror 2019
So, in the world of just about everything, we all have our own unique twists on words, nicknames for things, acrinims. Our own isms, if you will. Surf culture has their own language. Ski culture has their own language. The “new slang” of it all, and not of The Shins varietal. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of slangs and sayings … Continue reading Alpine Chips, Juicy Danglers, and other colloquialisms.
Well, end of November, early December. The year is wrapping up, my climbing gym is closing soon for renovations. Small window in the weather saw clear skies last weekend, and with impending changes to the weather on the north shore of Vancouver, combined with me and my cousins newly anointed lead climbing course under our belt, we headed outside. After spending the last year gaining … Continue reading So we climb!
A predetermined pick up point. A set location to hike. Blue bird skies. The only thing missing… My friends? So recently I had an opportunity for a quick rip up one of the Squamish local peaks. The weather had been perfect all week. Work was dragging on, and I needed a pick me up. I had put a shout out to my usual crew, but … Continue reading In the company of strangers
I woke up just before 6am. It was cool this morning. Not cold but cool. Enough to realize that summer is packing up and leaving town pretty soon. I’m up in the Cariboo on a Dad’s and kids camping trip on my friends parents property. What a riot. It’s labour day Monday, and the next chapter of life begins again tomorrow. A shift away from … Continue reading And just like that it’s over.
2 and a half day road trip. Pacific Northwest. Caving through lava tubes, Sledding on a volcano in June. Sound like a good idea… Of course. That’s what we thought too. The group consisted of my brother Isaac, myself, my friend Tristan, and Graham, a mate from work. The proposed trip was formulated by Tristan, as an adventure to celebrate his 40th birthday. He had … Continue reading Let’s go Climb Mount St Helens
So it seems that just as quick as journeys end, so to, journeys begin. We have just come off our Mexico project, finally feeling normal again, and yet here we are scrolling maps and planning out the next adventure. Mount St Helens. Washington State, here we come, and I couldn’t be more excited. Mount St Helens has been talked about in our circle for a … Continue reading #nextadventure
A crazy trip, 5 days, no sleep (well, barely), 2 guides, 4x4ing, tacos, and hell of a mountain to climb. This is how we mountaineer: Pico de Orizaba. And we’re off! 4/24/19 The day is here. Inception to realization. It’s 1145pm. I’m sitting at the tail end of a plane, 2 beers deep at Vancouver international airport. Exhausted from work. How did I get here? … Continue reading Once upon a time in Mexico
If you have been following along, you know that time has ticked down to a handful of days before we leave. Our big trip down to Mexico, looming in front of us. Though the flight has been booked for a while, the game plan all but sorted out, there is still that “Holy Shit” factor. As if this trip just popped up out of nowhere. … Continue reading Crunch Time.