With all the incredible advances in smart phone technology over the past few years, there are two in particular that have caught my eye. The first is the GPS capabilities that have been standard for a while now and which I'm currently experimenting with and will blog about soon. The second thing I became interested in after acquiring a new iPhone recently, is the photography and video capabilities of the modern cellphone.
Wietse, Raf and I decided to start the 2015/2016 back country ski season with a fairly tame and straight forward ski tour near the Sunshine ski resort in Banff National Park. As it turns out, the drive to and from the mountains was by far the most dangerous activity of the day for us. On the drive into the park, Wietse's car kept sliding on the icy highway.
The weather in mid October 2015 was sublime. So sublime, in fact, that with the weekend fast approaching, I found myself invited on a number of trips that would normally be done in the summer - certainly not in the last half of October! Phil and I have been on a bit of a roll the past month, so it seemed appropriate to continue on it that vibe.
On Friday, October 09 2015 Phil Richards and I decided that we should do a "pre-turkey" workout. Well, actually only I decided that, since Phil doesn't eat turkey, but you get the point. Originally the weather was looking perfect. Naturally, as the day approached the weather deteriorated a bit but still looked reasonable enough to make the effort.
After approaching and climbing Mount Drummond in some interesting weather / conditions, Phil Richards and I were ready for a nice relaxing day amongst the larches in the Skoki area of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. We were hoping for warm weather and sunny conditions but we got a mix of sun and cloud and quite cool temperatures.
Ah yes. I was due for one of these extremely rare days in Waterton Lakes National Park! What days, you ask? Those rare gems where the wind is manageable and “sunny” actually means you see blue sky and the ball of fire sustaining life on our fragile planet! Oh – and of course those days when you have a route planned out that will take 100% advantage of these conditions.
After a spectacular trip to the White Goat Wilderness with Eric over the weekend, I spent a few rainy, cold days back in Calgary recovering. Unfortunately (for me) the latest weather system dumped a pile of fresh snow on most of the Rockies, once again dashing any hopes of a large ascent for my second week off.
After a spectacular day approaching and ascending Mount Willis we awoke with sunrise to a beautifully clear day on Saturday, September 12 2015, quite eager to ascend the lofty Mount Stewart that we’d been staring at for a good portion of the previous day already.