Last summer, I spent a little time in the Canadian Rockies with my dear housemate from London, Loz. We had already taken in a couple of smaller hikes that would take a morning or an afternoon but now it was time for an all dayer. So we took on the Iceline trail via Little Yoho.
The Easter weekend was upon us, and I couldn’t get tickets to see Mastodon in Seattle so there was only one thing to do, and this was to paddle up Indian Arm. I was first told about this place a few weeks ago and it just so happened that a friend of mine was looking for a 4th person.
– March 25th and 26th –
We had dubbed this as the last backcountry trip of this winter in the knowledge that we wouldn’t be able to make it out as a group again for a while. It was made even more important for us having ballsed up the last backcountry trip (i.e. leaving it to the last minute). To prevent that happening again we had planned this 2 months in advance and so we were very much looking forward to it. Unfortunately the Dutch Waffle wasn’t able to make it at the last moment but it was going to deter Sam and I from being in the presence of Mount Gandalf, Mount Aragorn and Mount Shadowfax – the land of Tolkien.
5th March – 2017
Hindsight is always a great thing. Big Cedar and Kennedy Falls are so close to home yet I hadn’t even heard of the trail let alone been on it. With the trail being as fun as it was, I couldn’t believe that we had waiting this long to check it out.
Despite enjoying all the books I have read so far, I was looking for one that was less based around disaster and survival, but more about thriving in the wild. I certainly got this in The Lonely Land. It got rave reviews on Good Reads so I gave it a go. It did not disappoint.
Dog Mountain is one of only a couple hikes that we have been on more than once. We want to make sure we keep going to new places and seeing new things, which is why the number of repeats is down to probably 2. However, this is a great little trail that isn’t too difficult but with spectacular views at the end.
K2 – The Savage Mountain is the story of the Third American Karakoram Expedition that were challenged to summit the 2nd highest peak in the world K2, in the summer of 1953. As with many of these real-life stories, they got so close yet so far.
I went bicycling along the Pacific Coast from Vancouver to San Francisco last summer (2016) and this book was a bit of a life saver. OK, I’m being slightly dramatic, I would have been fine, but the book certainly was extremely useful
Unbroken is about the unimaginable story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned Bombardier who’s plane comes down in the Pacific, miles from anywhere. Louis find himself lost at sea with 2 other survivors for 47 days until the Japanese find their raft and take them as POW’s.
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I was introduced to In The Heart of the Sea when searching for the Top 100 True Survival Stories on Good Reads. In fact, I’ve got a number of recommendations from this list so you may see a theme here. I’ve not read Moby Dick (Yet) but knowing that this was the story that inspired THAT scene, as well as the great reviews, I had to give it a read.