Category Archives: Hiking & Scrambling

The Rockies: Happy Campers in the ‘Orange House’

The Drive There in a Heatwave Some people thought we were brave, others thought we were stupid or just plain crazy. At times I felt like all of the above. Making the long drive from Vancouver to the Rockies with … Continue reading

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Mt. Seymour: In Search for a Missing (Teddy) Bear

A few weekends ago we headed to Mt. Seymour. I think it’s the classic hike if you want to get the full outdoor experience but still stay close to the city. We just bought a new hiking carrier for Neil … Continue reading

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Mt. Strachan: From Failure to Success

Looking for an easy overnight hiking trip, we decided to head to Rainbow Lake. We started hiking at 2pm – lately, since Neil was born, we are having trouble getting out of the house early… What can I say, that … Continue reading

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Olympic Peninsula: Savour the Moment (South Coast Hike)

This trip was long overdue. During our first summer in Canada back in 2007 we crossed the border to the US on Canada Day long weekend. Inexperienced and naive, we didn’t know what it means to cross the border on … Continue reading

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Brew Hut: Neil’s First Overnighter

This trip was an adventure. Yes, we have been to Brew Hut a few times over the years. But this trip was different. Being Neil’s first backcountry overnighter, we really didn’t know how it would go and even whether we … Continue reading

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Harrison Grind: Not That Kind of Grind

The Grouse Grind in Vancouver has become a popular tourist attraction, but for no apparent reason. After all, it’s a steep stair-master like trail, crawling with lycra clad racers with fanny packs busy trying to improve their “Grind time” while … Continue reading

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Black Mountain: Tummy Time on Top

If you are looking for a hike close to Vancouver, relatively easy and short but still rewarding with good views, then Black Mountain just up from the Cypress ski area is a good option. As you can see it’s also … Continue reading

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Diez Vistas: Even the Baby Did It

Diez Vistas (“ten views”) is a bit of a weird hike. For starters, it’s not really clear why this hike is named in Spanish. Then there’s the issue of the number of viewpoints on the hike: it is not even … Continue reading

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Vancouver Island: The Quiet After the ‘Storm’

On Easter long weekend we headed to Vancouver Island again. The last time we headed in that direction was on New Year’s and it was our last getaway before our son Neil was born in late February. Incidentally (or not) … Continue reading

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Dog Mountain: Back to Hiking in Baby Steps

When our new baby boy Neil was just over a month old, we decided that it was time to get back into outdoor activities. We heard about Dog Mountain a while ago, and it was always on our list when … Continue reading

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