Happy new year 2016 to all my friends and explor8ion.com visitors! Normally I don't give a shout out to the new year, but I am reworking and rejuvenating much of explor8ion and would like to call your attention to all my hard work.
Since acquiring my Sony A7R in early December, I've had the opportunity to try out and build up an assortment of lenses and techniques that work for me. I'm still very much in the figuring it all out stage but thought I'd give an update now, considering the camera is still fairly new and there seems to be a lot of interest in it at this time.
As indicated by the government of BC on the Elk Lakes Provincial Park website, there is a closure on the trail from the Lower Elk lake to the Upper Elk lake. Since one of the main reasons for visiting Elk Lakes Provincial Park is to do this excellent and very scenic hike (summer or winter), I thought I'd post a 'live' update and some photos for you.
From a recent post on ClubTread I was made aware of a land use plan for basically the bottom 1/4 of the province of Alberta that we should all be voicing our opinions on, regardless of what we love about the great outdoors we have in Canada and Alberta.
Mark Klassen, TJ Neault and Chic Scott just completed an update to the old Murray Toft Wapta & Bow Summit ski map. I have received my copy and it's a great resource for anyone planning to ski or climb any of the Wapta peaks or Bow Summit area mountains including (but not limited to),
**Updated October 18 2013**
Sony has done it again! I don't normally get very excited about camera gear (yeah right) but this time I will be blogging about my experience with the new Sony NEX full frame, mirrorless camera system, as I have one on pre-order already.
What's the big deal? Well, among many other things;
Ok. Here's the deal. If you want to see a trip report from the north - really far north - you have to vote for my MEC photography contest entries. I know, I know - it's a shameless self promoting plug but I don't care. :) Voting can be done every day so do your part and if I win I'll reward all the readers of explor8ion with some high quality digital photo downloads.
Yeah. It's a bribe. Deal with it.
[Update July 12 2013]
Many areas are now opening in Kananaskis thanks to an incredible effort by many. Many trails still remain closed, however. Please visit the Kananaskis Trails report page for updates.
Sony announced the successor to the RX100 today. The impressively named "RX100 Mark II"... :) In case you didn't already know from my many glowing posts regarding this gem of a camera, if you're a climber, backpacker, hiker and / or skier you should buy this camera. Key aspects that are important for people traveling far with large loads;
I've struggled with my weight for most of my life. I grew up on a farm and had unlimited access to cookies and milk (whole milk - not skim) while I was growing up. We ate very big meals and even though I was a very active kid, I was always known as 'big guy'. I was also made to believe by my family that my extra fat meant that I was 'big boned' - even though my natural body type is very slim and tall. I have an addictive personality and to this day milk and cookies are what I turn to when I'm having a rough day or week.
How does explor8ion.com fit into this current ethos where the camera on the front of our phones is used more than the one on the back? How do I share what I do with others without caring too much about the reaction? Why do I share what I do? If I share my adventures with others, thereby reducing the "wild" in wilderness, am I not contributing to the problem, rather than preserving that which I love?
I'll state up front that while I love climbing the 11,000er's and plan on climbing most of them if my health stays reasonable, I have no desire to pursue the "list" of 54 (58?!) that several people have completed and more are currently working on. If I ever do complete this list it will be more by accident than with any intent. I'm done with climbing 'lists' and simply want to get out and enjoy the Rockies as much as I can.