Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Backcountry in the Digital Age: When Everyone has a Voice

It wasn’t that long ago that trip reports, which are writings relating to peoples’ adventures in the backcountry, could only be read in magazines and books. They usually describe the route taken, logistics, and if you’re lucky some gossip from … Continue reading

The Art of Doing Nothing – A Summer Necessity

Living in a place like Squamish, just about everyone is an athlete of some sort. This is true of a lot of other places, but especially here in the mountain towns of BC. And why not? We live in one … Continue reading

5 Travel Tips for visiting Canada

If you’ve never set foot in Canada before, you’re in for a treat. At 9.98 million square kilometres, Canada is enormous (the second largest country in the world, in fact), filled with polite folks, distinct cities and a beautiful, natural … Continue reading

A Rant from a Backcountry Food Addict

The famed cook, Julia Child, couldn’t have said it better: “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” No one should look back in time and regret what they ate. The backcountry … Continue reading

Mountain Towns in Northern BC – The Charm of The Wild

Northern British Columbia has seen a bit of a renaissance in the last few years. While its history is long and steeped in frontier life, native culture and the rugged ingenuity that develops in the hard to reach places of … Continue reading

The unparallelled experience of early season cold powder

The fall can be a trying time of year. It’s dark, it’s cold, and it rains a lot. But it’s also the time of year when anticipation and excitement is at its highest. And if there’s anything skiers and snowboarders … Continue reading

What to do in the “Off Season”

It’s weird calling summer the “off season”, but for ski bums it is. Nevertheless, there’s still some reasons for us to get up in the morning, other than just reading the morning paper. It’s important to keep the mind occupied … Continue reading

Bike Parks in BC – A Growing Summer Adventure

BC is home to some of the best to some of the best mountain biking in the world. That biking comes in many different forms, from enduro style trail riding to pure cross country riding to lift access, downhill mountain … Continue reading

Heliskiing Experience: From a single drop to a week-long heliski trip

My first heliskiing experience was far from glamorous, but still unforgettable. It was the 2006-2007 winter when I got the call from a Whistler local I had recently met. Good flying weather tomorrow. Stable avalanche conditions. Heli drop.

5 Different Hikes For Exploring British Columbia

The naturalist John Muir once said, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt”. Hiking is one of the most effective ways to experience a new place. For one, it’s cheap. All … Continue reading

Getting Ready For a Heliski Trip – How Should I Prepare?

One of the biggest misnomers in the heliskiing world is that you have to be an expert skier or rider to ski from a helicopter. Not true. That being said, skiing in a remote, backcountry area in some of the … Continue reading

Life of an Arcteryx Alpha SV Jacket

Of all the things to consider when buying a ski jacket, the single most important quality I’ve come to appreciate is durability. A jacket may look good, feel good and even perform well, but if if you can count its … Continue reading