Welcome to Explor8ion!

Welcome to my tiny little corner of the internet. This site is an online journal of my hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, camping, biking and canoeing activities. This site is my personal journal - there is nothing on here that you should necessarily agree with or follow.


As always - be safe and see you sometime in the hills or on the water.

A Rolling Review of the Sony A7R

January 04 2014 - Moving Forward with Olympus OM Lenses

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.

A Shameless Plug!

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Yeah. It's a bribe. Deal with it.

My Battle of the Bulge

My Weight Battle

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.


Of Peaks and Peakbagging

After completing the so-called "Kane List" in 2012 and now continuing to scramble and climb bigger and even more remote peaks, I find myself entering a somewhat reflective phase of my peak bagging career and my life in general. (I also turned 40 this year!!) Other friends also started completing (competing?) summit lists. Between us we have all stood on hundreds and hundreds of Canadian Rockies summits.

How many 11,000er's are there?

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.