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  • Day 3 – Johnston Canyon Ink Pots & Spray River Loop

    Day 3 would take us to Johnston Canyon and its beautiful ink pots (10.8km & 330m gain) and the relatively easy Spray River Trail Loop (12km & 65m) adjacent to the town of Banff. This marked our last full day of stay at Johnston Canyon’s Campground. Johnston Canyon Ink Pots  Nearly 50km of hiking had been…

  • Updates & Thoughts

    It’s been a while since I’ve consistently published new content here so I’d like to give a little update of where things are at. First off, for the last month or so I’ve been working on updating the layout of this site and incorporating a more visually appealing and intuitive gallery. The site overhaul update…

  • Sequoias & Dreams

    Lately, I’ve found myself obsessing over Sequoias and Redwoods. I absolutely feel the need to see them and see them in the winter, surrounded by that pure, white, mountain snow, on the slopes of the Western Sierras.  The fact that such large living things exist seems surreal and it’s something I definitely have to see…

  • Day 2 – Cascade Mountain & Stoney Squaw

    Day 2 was probably remembered most for its notorious switchbacks, and the surreal beauty of the Cascade Amphitheatre, not to mention the worsening smoke from the BC forest fires. The day’s hikes consisted of the Cascade Amphitheatre (13.2 km, 640m elevation gain) and Stoney Squaw (4.2 km, 190m)  Cascade Amphitheatre  It was Sunday, August 6th. Just like…

  • Day 1: Rockbound & Boom Lakes

    Lake Day, as it was dubbed, was the best way possible to start the trip. We wasted no time getting into it as we were set to hike Rockbound Lake (16.8km, 760m elevation gain) and Boom Lake (10km, 175m) for a combined 27km of hiking with 935m of elevation gain! Each hike was to take…

  • Banff Jasper 150 – Prologue

    On Friday, August 3rd, 2017, myself and 27 students from across Canada came together in Calgary, Alberta. Many had already known one another, many more did not. But if the initial talks and impressions were any indication, we were all in for quite the week. After hours of waiting at the airport for everyone, the…

  • Reflection

    This isn’t so much a post as it is a little update. I recently arrived home after spending probably the best two weeks of my life in my favourite place on earth – the Canadian Rockies. I’ll have lots to write about and tons more to reflect on, coupled with copious amounts of pictures. But…

  • Pining for Running

    I miss running. Plain and simple. It’s been almost a month since I’ve truly ran. Remind me to never again run a half marathon without any training. Sure the time result was great, but the longer term impact has been anything but. Taking a reluctant and prolonged break from running has made me appreciate it…

  • Banff / Jasper 150

    I am very excited to announce that in a few months I will be back in the Rockies! The Canadian Rockies are a very special place to me. Although I’ve only spent a short amount of time there, it had a profound impact on me and I am working towards some day moving out there.…

  • Fandom and the Ottawa Senators

      It’s been a week and I’m still thinking about what could have been On the night of May 25th, 2017, I found myself at Lieutenant’s Pump hours before puck drop, optimistic for the night that lay ahead. I had yet to partake in the so called Red Light Dance that had been breaking out…