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Posts and Trip Reports

February 13, 2023

Welcome to Explor8ion!

Welcome to explor8ion! I hope that my adventures can inspire you to complete your own - whether they are...
July 14, 2024

Shoulder Peak (Black Ridge)

Immediately after completing the trip I felt flustered with it. I thought it was messy and not really worth...
July 7, 2024

Davidson, Mount

I highly encourage this outing for folks who don't mind backcountry biking and a sense of adventure. It doesn't...
July 5, 2024

Jewell Peak (Twin Towers)

While nabbing Skogan Peak the weekend before, Wietse told me about a route he'd heard of for the unofficial...
June 29, 2024

Gilligan & Skogan Peak

I highly recommend this outing for parties looking to ascend some relatively obscure front range peaks close to YYC....
May 12, 2024

Îyâ Mnathka (Mount John Laurie, Yamnuska)

When I set out to repeat Yamnuska two decades after my last visit, I wasn't sure what to expect....
April 20, 2024

Spine Peak

This was another wonderful day in the hills, spending time under a brilliant blue sky with incredible views in...
April 13, 2024

Bident Mountain

In 2007 I made my first attempt at Bident Mountain, looming high over Consolation Pass and Lakes in Banff...
March 24, 2024

Pulpit Peak

After years of planning a late summer ascent of Pulpit Peak, I slowly switched my plans to a winter...
February 10, 2024

Ochre Spring Peak – Ski Tour

Despite the very poor ski conditions on most of the route, we still enjoyed the workout and the few...
October 20, 2023

Goat Mountain (Jura Creek)

I greatly enjoyed the Goat Mountain scramble route from Jura Creek. What's not to like for the typical Rockies...
October 14, 2023

Cross & South Ghost Peak

I returned to the empty parking lot 11 hours after leaving it - just as the sun continued setting...
October 7, 2023

Gibbon Pass Peak (Vista, Arnica, Twin Lakes)

I enjoyed this hike quite a bit. It's very similar to something like Healy Pass / Egypt Lakes or...
October 6, 2023

“Vista Peak” (Arnica)

Yes, Vista Peak is unofficial, lowly and unremarkable in almost every way. BUT. Its location made it worthwhile for...
September 22, 2023

Allenby, Mount (True & False)

Mount Allenby is a trip I won't soon be forgetting. I can't recommend the south ridge as a scramble...
September 21, 2023

Prairie Mountain for Dummies (NEW EDITION!)

After hundreds of laps on Prairie Mountain, I wanted to write a short article on the do's and don'ts...
September 16, 2023

Onion, The (Summer Route)

It was nice to see so many folks out enjoying a beautiful late summer day. Bow Lake has gotten...
September 15, 2023

Takakkaw Peak

Takakkaw Peak is like many other peak in Yoho National Park. It's incredibly scenic with far reaching views over...
September 9, 2023

Profound Peak (Simpson) & Mount Osgood

Despite tagging both summits, Profound and Osgood will not go down as my favorite ascents of 2023, simply due...
September 8, 2023

Mount Antevs (Anteus)

Mount Antevs was a lovely afternoon ascent with no pressure to go quick under a perfect late summer sky....
September 8, 2023

Abstruse Peak (Mount Perren)

Abstruse Peak is like many other big, remote peaks I've done this year. The ascent was almost anticlimactic compared...
September 7, 2023

In the Footsteps of Sergeant Kowalski (Laughing Bears Creek)

Laughing Bears Creek will always stand out in my mind as a quintessential Rockies backcountry adventure. I've been planning...
September 2, 2023

Zeke’s & Whistling Rock Peak (Schiesser’s Apex)

Doug Lutz recently scrambled the entire north ridge of Whistling Rock Peak and reported back a straightforward descent down...
September 1, 2023

Andy Good & Chinook Peak

I've had an idea for a few years now, to replicate a trip that So Nakagawa did years ago...