Backpacking

I aim to get in at least backpacking trip a year. We mostly backpack in the Rockies (because they’re right there!) but we’ve also done some coastal hiking and two backpacking trips when we travelled in Chile and Argentina.

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail (2012) – a 47 km, four day trip on Vancouver Island. Great camping on the beach but muddy and lots of elevation changes.

Skoki – Merlin Meadows and Baker Lake (2011) – a 40 km, three day backpacking trip in the Lake Lousie area. Beautiful scenery and relatively quiet for a long weekend in August.

Northover Ridge/Three Isle Lake (2009) – a 34 km backpacking trip in Kananaskis Park. We did the hike in 3 days which was lots of time. Night one was at Three Isle Lake, night two at Aster Lake. Even though this isn’t a loop a shuttle isn’t necessary – you can just walk the north shore of Upper Kananaskis Lake to get back to your car.

The Rockwall (2009) – a 55 km backpacking trip in Kootenay National Park. We did the hike in 5 days which meant there was one longer day. We started at the Floe Lake trailhead and ended at the Paint Pots Trailhead.

Mt. Assiniboine (2008) – We got snowed out but had planned to do this as a 5 day in and back to the trailhead at Sunshine. We ended up finishing the trip at the Bryant Creek trailhead after only 3 days.

The Skyline (2008) – We got snowed out of this 45 km backpacking trip in Jasper National Park. We had planned on 3 days and instead spent two – we stayed at Snowbowl but skipped the night at Tekarra and hiked through.

Iceline-Whaleback (2008) – about 30 km backpacking trip in Yoho National Park. We didn’t do any of the side trips but had an enjoyable 3 days.

Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre (Argentina) (2007) – Our second backpacking trip while traveling in Argentina and Chile. It was cold in November but worth it.

The “W” (Chile) Just like everyone else we trekked the W to see Torres del Paine. I think it was the coldest hike I’ve ever been on (probably due to our rental gear) but it is one of my favorite memories from our trip to South America.

The West Coast Trail (2007) – This was my second trip along the 75 km coastal trail. We had excellent weather, great company and an amazing time. We hiked North to South, using a shuttle service to get from our car at the south to the trailhead at the north, and spent 7 days on the trail.

Jonas Pass and the Brazeau Loop (2007) – My favorite hike! Five days and we hardly saw anyone. It helped that we had beautiful weather.

Tombstone Lakes (2007) – Hiking options are limited the first weekend in July so this isn’t the most exciting hike but they have firewood at the campground and the elevation gain is almost nothing. We did day trips to Rae Lake and Tombstone Lake.

Turbine Canyon (2006) – Our first backpacking trip after moving to Calgary. We left Calgary after work on the a Friday, hiked into Point Campground on Upper Kananaskis Lake that evening and then headed up to Turbine Canyon on Saturday. We did the return trip back home on Sunday.

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