Southfork Lakes

October 23, 2018. A chilly river crossing followed by a steep ascent to a trio of high mountain lakes in the Castle Wilderness. Distance: 10.1 km round-trip Total elevation gain: 745 m Elevation of objective: 2026 m Hiking time: 4h 39m I turned 40 on October 23, 2018. I had originally been trying to work out a […]

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North Head Trail Loop

September 15, 2018. A scenic seaside descent on Newfoundland’s most popular hiking trail. Distance: 4km Total Elevation Gain: 164m Elevation of Objective: N/A Hiking Time: 1h 8m My exploration of the trails on Signal Hill felt like time well spent when I first arrived in St. John’s. However, during that outing my wanderings took me […]

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Signal Hill & Quidi Vidi Harbor

September 12, 2018. Two easy hikes connected by an picturesque village stroll near St. John’s Newfoundland. Distance: N/A Total elevation gain: N/A Elevation of Objective: 160 m (the max elevation, attained at Ladies Lookout) Hiking time: N/A (My usual route-mapping apps weren’t working on this day)   I had never been to Newfoundland before this […]

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Guinn’s Pass via Galatea Creek

August 22, 2018. A long hike in smoky weather to a picturesque pass in Kananaskis Country. Distance: 19.2 km round trip Total elevation gain: 991 m Elevation of objective: 2443 m Hiking time: 5h 49m   I had a free day to go hiking without the kids during our Kananaskis vacation, so I decided to explore the […]

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Loaf Mountain

July 15, 2018 – A long hike culminating with minor scrambling to the summit of the highest peak in the Castle Wilderness. Though it lacks the dramatic, rocky profile of Victoria Peak,  Loaf Mountain is actually the tallest peak within the Castle Wilderness with a summit elevation of 2640 m. There are multiple possible routes […]

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Victoria Ridge

June 9, 2018. A challenging bike-and-hike with an easy scramble to the summit of a scenic ridge in the Castle Wilderness. I’ve been eyeing up some scrambles that are rated ‘moderate’ by Nugara and Kane. Foremost on my mind lately has been Victoria Peak, in the Castle Wilderness. The thing is, I don’t want to […]

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Window Mountain Lake

May 27, 2018. A moderately challenging bike-and-hike to a backcountry mountain lake in the Crowsnest Pass. Window Mountain Lake is mentioned by Joey Ambrosi in the Southern Rockies Trail Guide as one of the best hiking destinations in the Crowsnest Pass area. I’ve previously researched the hike, and did a bit of a reconnaissance of the […]

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Prairie Bluff / Corner Mountain

May 21, 2018. A solo trip,  following an easy scrambling route up a peak in the Castle Wilderness. I have been wanting to climb Prairie Bluff (also known as Corner Mountain) for a long time. It’s a low peak in the front ranges of the Castle Wilderness area near Pincher Creek, Alberta. There are several […]

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Carbondale Hill

March 17, 2018. A moderately challenging snowshoe trip up to a fire lookout in the Castle Wilderness. Carbondale Hill is the site of a fire lookout and is featured as a hiking or snowshoeing trip on a number of blogs, as well as Nugara’s book. I had an unscheduled day and the weather was friendly: […]

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Island Ridge

March 11, 2018. A snowshoe trip up a low mountain in the Crowsnest Pass with moderate elevation gain, in challenging snow conditions. This is a trip I’ve been sizing up since the beginning of the winter. It’s described by Dave McMurray on his amazing Peaks and Streams blog, which drew the attention of Andrew Nugara, […]

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