Post worlds Catherine and I went up to the Yukon and did a 6 day canoe trip with Daniel, it was supposed to be 4-5days but we had a tank of a canoe and didn't always paddle as hard as we could. We did the Dezadeash river from the lake to Haines JCT. The first day we had 6 foot swells in the lake, and luckily it was a tail wind or else we would have capsized for sure. We also did a few cool hikes and saw lots of Dall Sheep up in the mountains.
|Canoeing hard with Daniel|
|Fresh fish on the fire|
|Six foot swells on the lake, we camped here because we got pushed into shore.|
|Lunch break near Kluane National Park|
Next up was back to Canmore for a fall filled with fun mountain bike rides. I also got a ton of trail work done on the Nordic Ctr trails - big thanks to the help of the Katimivik volunteers! Catherine and I also achieved her goal of summiting 12 peaks in the fall, so we had lots of great scrambles to the tops of mountains. From there the snow fell, or we made it at the Nordic ctr, and xc skiing started Oct 15 (mtb riding was still good until Dec). So I did tons of xc skiing and then I got into back-country skiing and got hooked.
|Summit of Cascade|
|Crazy carpeting down from Chester Lake, yes it was fun - 10 min at 20km/hr = massive headache though as we went headfirst most of it!|
|Dinner on top of Rundle Mountain with Catherine, overlooking Canmroe|
Back country skiing or ski touring is where you take the best part of tons of sports/adventures and put them all together. You find an interesting and beautiful place in the mountains, skin up and explore, and then downhill ski back down, usually in untouched powder. The biggest danger is the avalanche risk, so Catherine and I took a course just after Christmas to learn as much as possible about snow and terrain, and since then I have been learning from friends and the great outdoors.
|Catherine and I back coutry skiing with my parents during their visit|
|Nicholas DH skiing during our trip to Kicking Horse and Revelstoke|
|Ski touring Suprise pass, first run we went around Fariview Mountain|
and came through the pass and down lookers left, 2nd run we skinned up the col to the right
|My groomer, Piston Bulley 100|
|XC skiing with Catherine's parents, dress code was red coats and grey boots!|