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.
– January 2017 –
Bowen Island had been on my list of places to visit for a while. We were excited by the extra ‘Adventure’ added by having to take the ferry across. So after our plans to go snowshoeing to Elfin Lakes fell-through (through terrible lack of planning) we thought that this was a perfect opportunity to employ a very high quality Plan B.
It’s December 5th, 1914, and Shackleton leads his group of 26 (and discovers a 27th in the form of a stowaway) out of South Georgia Island in the middle of the South Atlantic to become the first group to cross the Antarctic from one side to another.
It’s 4 am, on Christmas morning and I have just woken up. I’m not very hungry but I try to eat a little bit of breakfast and put on a coffee to help wake us up. My housemates Arno and Sam come out of their rooms dressed in their thermal layers. They sling their bags from over their shoulders and place them by the back door and join me in my strategic breakfast. In an hour we will be driving to a trail head just past Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, British Columbia (30k north west of Pemberton).