This is a wonderful day. I am truly feeling blessed. Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to subscribe to my website. I am continually humbled by the words of support and the appreciation you all show for the majestic Rocky Mountains that I love so much.
I started my trip reports in September 2019. After hiking, scrambling and back-country skiing for just over 20 years, I thought it was high time that I started to record and share my adventures.
I originally started out recording my summer trips in my Little Yellow Book.
I wrote down the date, where I hiked, distances travelled and the elevation gained. When I completely filled one book, it added up to 101 summer trips! I thought – wow. Now THAT’S a LOT of experience! (Note: I was not recording my winter ski trips at that time.)
Soon, I had friends, family, friend’s of friends, friends of family, and then distant friends of a friend of a friend ask me where to go hiking. I took these requests very seriously, thinking up the best place for each group, depending on their level of experience and desired goals. I soon realized that I was doing a lot of recommending, and that it was taking a lot of my time.
Then it hit me. Gosh golly-gee. If only I could consolidate this information in one place. Then I could just copy a link and say “Here you go. Hike here.” Thus my Trip Reports began.
Since then, I have had even MORE requests for Where to Hike, which is fantastic! This is what I wanted, and I now have a treasure-trove of ‘tried and true favourites’, some ‘off the beaten paths’, and even a few ‘never agains’ to dole out to people who ask for advice.
Trip Report Page
I soon realized that I needed a way to organize my hikes, scrambles, backpacking, skiing and cycling trips. Even I was having a hard time keeping track of everything, and where it was.
I then created a Trip Report page. If you have not visited it yet, I highly encourage you to check it out. All my trips are organized by type, with a short description by each one.
To show my support for all the amazing bloggers who have followed me, I am highlighting a few of my favourite blogs.
My 500th Follower! – The Tragedy Kween
Shruti is a young artist from India. She shares her artwork, and gives tips and tricks on how to improve you own artwork. Thank you for reaching out and following my blog. I wish you the utmost success.
Close to Home – Don’t Lose Hope
Ann is a counsellor in my home town of Calgary, but we connected via wordpress. Ann is also a dedicated hiker, and she is one of the many people who use my trip reports to plan her next adventure. I absolutely LOVE this, especially because she gives great feedback on how her hike went. Ann and I hope to do a joint “Hiking and Healing” post. If you need help dealing with a trauma, or moving through life’s transitions, please follow Don’t Lose Hope, and contact Ann for more information.
Other Side of Canada – Wandering Canadians
Due to Covid, these Wandering Canadians have had to stay close to home in Ontario, which has been great for me! They are avid hikers and canoers, and I have been pestering them about where to canoe in Ontario. Just like people visiting the Alberta Rocky Mountains are overwhelmed, Ontario’s vast network of lakes is daunting – just trying to figure out where to start has been hard. Thanks to my new friends in Ontario, I can now start planning my dream canoe trip.
Southern Neighbours – Brother’s Campfire
This blogger lives in Colorado, and routinely hikes up to the peaks of their Rocky Mountains, sometimes as high as 13,000′ and 14,000′! Now that’s high! If you want a good yarn, then go visit Brother’s Campfire. He tells engaging stories in serial format on this site. In my mind’s eye, I can see this Brother sitting around his campfire on top of the mountain, slowly telling his tale, while a group gathers and hangs on his every word.
Around the World – A Quest for the Uncliche
Abirbhav was one of the very first people that I connected with on WordPress. He is a passionate traveler, but with a purpose. He tries to immerse himself where ever he goes, and seeks out the mundane and makes it magical. He is urging people to be more thoughtful travelers; to avoid the IG trends that overwhelm the local communities. Abirbhav posts are full of information and his research is top notch. I should also mention that he LOVES the snow, and purposely travelled to Russia in the middle of winter.
Again, thank you to ALL of my many subscribers. I could not have done it without you. Every Like and Follow bolsters my resolve to keep writing, to keep travelling, and to keep having adventures.
Blessings to you all.