Posts tagged backpacking
Beginners Guide to Solo Backcountry Camping

I don’t think I necessarily wanted to venture into the backcountry by myself: full disclosure. There was no burning desire or hurdle to leap over, a box to check. But, when my go-to hiking partner has made alternative plans, I decided that it just might be the opportune time to give it a try.

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Basecamp Golden -seven things to do in Golden, BC

I spent twelve days this summer with Golden, BC as my basecamp and on my drive home I caught myself looking at real estate listings online as I am not certain even a lifetime living in this small mountain town would be nearly enough to experience all it has to offer. With great food and coffee as well as a seemingly endless supply of year-round outdoor activities it was overwhelming narrowing it down to a week and a half and still hoping to have time to sleep and eat somewhere in-between. In the end I settled on a little bit of sleep, a lot of coffee and seven bucket list worthy adventures.

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Gondola to Gorman - a Classic Backpacking route in Golden, BC

I spent a month earlier this year, cooped up in my house putting pins on a map of all of the off-the-beaten-path places that I wanted to explore if the rain ever stopped falling. When I took a moment to zoom out and gain some perspective I realized that at the apex of so many was the town of Golden, BC. Home to a few thousand full time residents who all seem to love the summer, live for the winter and excel at every activity that brings them outside of a building and under the sun I knew that I needed to spend some quality time across the Alberta-BC border. First on the list was this traverse…

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The BEST (and worst) Instant Coffee

Two things that run through my veins: a love for the mountains and a really good cup of coffee. I have spent the past handful of years trying to find a way to leave my heavy bags of beans, grinder and aeropresse at home and find an instant coffee that I enjoy. In that time there have been some really wonderful strides in the field… and so this post was born.

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Seven Fall Hikes in Washington State

Growing up I never understood the allure of autumn - it simply marked the end of my favourite season. The days grow shorter at an alarming rate, the foliage is dying and falling off of the trees and, if you’re like me and live in the Canadian Rockies, the first snowfall of the year can come before summer is even over. It was not until I moved to the east coast when I was 18 that I had my first real autumn. I watched as the leaves ever so slowly shifted from their summer green to vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. I was invited on a weekend of apple picking in the valley with good friends and we carved pumpkins a warm evening under a harvest moon. I know this sounds too idyllic to be true - but isn’t that how all first loves are remembered?

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