More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies – Second edition

by Gillean Daffern on November 11, 2014

More ScramblesI keep wanting to write More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies SOUTH. You should know that very few scrambles are described in Banff and Yoho parks, and none at all in Jasper and Kootenay. The vast majority range from K Country down to Waterton.
Having got that out of the way, I can report that Andrew Nagara’s second edition is a feast for the eyes with a new layout, route-marked colour pics and route-marked topo maps showing accesses. As before, the introductory blurb is Alan’s with added info from Andrew that includes a useful list of trips accessible by mountain bike, a chart showing the pros and cons of scrambling at different seasons of the year and a section on winter scrambling. As you know Andrew is a fan of winter climbing which he often considers “more rewarding.” At the back of the book an appendix gives suggestions for multi-peak combos, good weather days, short days and early/late season trips, together with a list of peaks grouped into the three categories of easy, moderate and difficult. [click to continue…]

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TrekSta Boots Fit My Feet

by Tony Daffern on November 2, 2014

One of the problems that I have had with most of my hiking and climbing boots over the years is that although my my feet are not exceptionally wide my little toes get squished. The problem seems to be that in most boots the wide part of the toe box never extends far enough back. I was therefore interested to see the TrekSta line of boots in the Mountain Marketplace at the Banff Mountain Film Festival that claimed to fit better and “let your toes spread out naturally for better balance and zero crowding”.  I had to try some on, and indeed the fit appeared to be very good. So I bought a pair of their Alta GTX boots, a solid leather boot that I intended to use for off-trail hiking, scree bashing and scrambling. So how did these boots work out over 50 plus days in the backcountry this summer? [click to continue…]

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Flood Rehabilitation 2014/2015

November 1, 2014
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K Country’s Newest Waterfall

October 28, 2014

Description of a new waterfall on the Little Elbow River near Nihahi Creek

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Walking Merlin View

October 20, 2014

Description of Merlin View trail at West Bragg Creek.

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Avalanche Canada

October 6, 2014

Avalanche Canada is the new name for the Canadian Avalanche Centre, the world class organization that has provided Avalanche Bulletins for Canada’s winter backcountry users for the past 10 years. Separated from the Canadian Avalanche Association, the organization that serves and supports professional avalanche workers, it will have its own new logo, its own staff […]

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The Outdoor Gratitude Log Project

September 28, 2014

We were up on the Coyote Hills recently and were surprised to find within the cairn a large pink plastic box containing  The Outdoor Gratitude Log, which is a new take on a summit register. The question is asked “ What are  you grateful for?” I found this a really odd question,  because according to […]

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Attend the Bragg Creek Trails Fundraiser Film Fest

August 31, 2014

Support the Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society and the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association by attending the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Best of Fest Tour at the Bragg Creek Community Centre — 23 White Ave Bragg Creek — Saturday September 6. Doors Open at 6pm – Show starts at 7 pm – Show ends 9:45 pm. Purchase advance […]

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Partial Closure of Forestry Trunk Road (Hwy. 940)

August 3, 2014

Sections of Forestry Trunk Road (940) may be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until further notice. There will be a sign at Highwood Junction! For the next 2-3 weeks, starting Tuesday Aug 5th, the road may be closed between Highwood Junction and Cataract Creek. This affects access to Raspberry Ridge and Mount Burke. Once all the culverts […]

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The Start to Pasque Mountain

July 30, 2014

Describes the start to Pasque Mountain after the 2013 flood.

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