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The West Highland Way 8 – Kinlochleven to Fort William
The West Highland Way 8 – Kinlochleven to Fort William

Fortunately, the final 25KM walk from Kinlochleven to Fort William was afforded decent weather and I was able to avoid taking the bus as I had threatened the day before. The final leg of the WHW is quite enjoyable and with the exception of a rather steep ascent immediately outside of Kinlochleven, quite a relaxing […]

The West Highland Way 7 – Altnafeadh to Kinlochleven
The West Highland Way 7 – Altnafeadh to Kinlochleven

Rain, rain rain.  Day seven was another perpetually drenched walk through the Highlands.  This day in particular I recall being especially soggy.  So soggy in fact that I cut the day short when I reached Kinlochleven at around 2pm.  The day began well in Altnafeadh, with a foggy yet surprisingly mild and dry morning.  Altnafeadh […]

The West Highland Way 4/5/6 – Strathfillian to Altnafeadh (Kings House)
The West Highland Way 4/5/6 – Strathfillian to Altnafeadh (Kings House)

This is another double post; days four and five on the WHW.   A grand total of three photographs from day four given the absolutely atrocious weather.  Cold, wet and muddy combined with uncountable numbers of midges.  I’m fairly comfortable with flying insects given my years spent silviculture surveying out in the hinterlands of Northern BC…however […]

The West Highland Way 3/4 – Critreoch Forest to Strathfillian Wigwams
The West Highland Way 3/4 – Critreoch Forest to Strathfillian Wigwams

I have combined my third and fourth days on the WHW into one entry largely because my third day was utterly horrible from both a aesthetic and physical perspective.  Leading the morning trek from Critreoch Forest was another scorching day of +30 degree weather.  What was suppose to be a 20KM trek to Inverarnan and […]

Kingston 2014
Kingston 2014

This is my favourite photo of Kingston.  Yeah, I know, it’s been doctored with some silly Photoshop antics, but it manages to captures the uniqueness of the city in a manner that only someone who has lived there would appreciate.  The old S&R department store, a mainstay of downtown Kingston closed in 2009, but has […]

The West Highland Way 2– Drymen to Critreoch Forest
The West Highland Way 2– Drymen to Critreoch Forest

If one follows a strict 7-day approach to the West Highland Way, Day two from Drymen to Rowardennan rolls in at a cool 15 miles (24KM).  By the first day, I knew I wasn’t going to be following the classic 7 day itinerary and was opting for an 8 day approach.  Drymen to Rowardennan became […]

The West Highland Way 1 – Milngavie to Drymen
The West Highland Way 1 - Milngavie to Drymen

Milngavie is actually pronounced in a manner that is not remotely close to how it is spelt.  Welcome to Scotland.  English is spoken, but not really.  People who live in Milngavie and the surrounding area are intimately familiar with the American pronunciation of their town, that one can actually get across their geographic question without […]

Cambridge – Tour de France 2014
Cambridge - Tour de France 2014

I vaguely remember being lectured about Cambridge at planning school. I either wasn’t interested, or four years of often low-ball government work has seriously dulled my academic memory.  What I do remember was that it was apparently awesome and probably the best example of a walkable, cyclist friend, car hostile town in the world.  That’s […]

Mt. Fitz Roy – Day Three
Mt. Fitz Roy - Day Three

Straight south of Piedra del Fraile is Col. Electrico (1880m).  Just a baby.  However, it’s a 1000m four hour slog straight up a somewhat maintained trail to the base camp @1500m (with another hundred or so to the viewpoint at Paso del Cuadrado).  This last trek in Patagonia is a good example of why it […]

Mt. Fitz Roy – Day Two
Mt. Fitz Roy - Day Two

C.B. Poincenot is one of those conveniently located trekking camps that accommodates early morning hikes to strategically located vistas (all without the nuisance of carrying along your gear).  Lago Los Tres is about 40 steep minutes from C.B Poincenot and certainly worth the time.  It’s also where I left my nice pair of wool gloves. […]

Mt. Fitz Roy – Day One
Mt. Fitz Roy - Day One

Argentina is crammed full of cool little towns, especially near the mountains.  El Chalten is one such location.  Cool and rustic with an edge of unfulfilled promises, El Chalten was developed from the ground up (a planner’s dream case-study, by the way) in 1985 as a deterrent toward Chile with a side consideration as a […]

Back to Argentina
Back to Argentina

From Puerto Natales it is a quick hop to the Argentinian border where one is immediately reminded that the Falkland Islands (if you didn’t know) do indeed belong to Argentina (best to ignore that they were decisively defeated by the UK in 1982).  The 30th anniversary of that conflict was being ‘celebrated’ while I was […]

Torres del Paine – The “W” – Day Three & Four
Torres del Paine – The “W” – Day Three & Four

For some reason I never bothered to finish of my final Torres del Paine entry until now.  I had the photos and a few lines of text good to go back in May, however I failed to finish off the post.  Probably because I was in the middle of a move back to Fort St. […]

Torres del Paine – The “W” – Day Two
Torres del Paine – The “W” – Day Two

Despite having lived four and a half years in one of China’s four ‘ovens’ (Nanjing), I have never jived well with heat.  I’m a fan of temperatures that sit below +20 and if I had to choose, I’d take below freezing well before a +30 day.  Sweating is incredibly uncomfortable, and high temperatures will drain […]

Torres del Paine – The “W” – Day One
Torres del Paine - The “W” – Day One

Three hours off the ferry to Puerto Natales will land one within striking distance of the famous Torres del Paine National Park.  While I like to say I was traveling around Patagonia, this was really my first view of this region, having spent the previous two weeks in Tierra del Fuego.  Torres del Paine National […]

Through the Beagle–Like the West Coast of British Columbia…but not really
Through the Beagle–Like the West Coast of British Columbia…but not really

One of three navigable channels linking the South Pacific to the South Atlantic, the Beagle Channel earned it’s name from the passing of the HMS Beagle in 1833, carrying a relatively unknown naturalist named Charles Darwin.  Given it’s relatively narrow attributes, most of the large ship traffic chooses the more southerly Drake Passage or northerly […]

Puerto Williams–The most southern inhabited town in the world (outside of Antarctica)
Puerto Williams–The most southern inhabited town in the world (outside of Antarctica)

Bragging rights to the “World’s  most…” is often a semantic debate, especially when discussing geographic locations or points of interest.  Reaching for the most southern settlement is no different.  Ushuaia claims itself as the most southern city in the world (pop. 57,000).  The permanent Amundsen-Scott Station is the most southern inhabited location on earth, at […]

The Sierra Valdiviseo Circuit–Tierra del Fuego, Argentina – Part 3
The Sierra Valdiviseo Circuit–Tierra del Fuego, Argentina – Part 3

Day three begins with an ascent toward Laguna Azul from the previous nights camp at the base of the waterfall (this river probably has a name, but I can’t remember it…a side loss from waiting several months to write a blog post).  Fire damage continues to be quite extensive during this ascent, making the path […]

The Sierra Valdiviseo Circuit–Tierra del Fuego, Argentina – Part 2
The Sierra Valdiviseo Circuit–Tierra del Fuego, Argentina – Part 2

Like most (probably all) mountain climates, the weather along and within the circuit is extremely temperamental.  Sight lines within in the valleys are short and massive systems can jump in unexpectedly.  That said, the weather during our four days was generally fantastic.  This is contrast to other online accounts of the trek and of Tierra […]

The Sierra Valdiviseo Circuit–Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina (Part One)
The Sierra Valdiviseo Circuit–Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina (Part One)

When I was planning my journey to Argentina I opted out of purchasing the full country Lonely Planet.  Full-country LP’s are generally very weak in the trekking & wilderness department as they are keen on one purchasing their trekking guides (they have also moved that direction with urban travelling as well, gently reminding readers that […]

Ushuaia – Tierra del Fuego – Argentina
Ushuaia – Tierra del Fuego - Argentina

It’s been ages since I hammered something out on this website, yet with a journey to the end of the world under my belt, It seems right that that it be documented in a more permanent fashion that a bunch of photos and lame status updates posted on Facebook. Patagonia has always been high on […]

Alaska Highway/Liard Hot Springs – Winter 2012
Alaska Highway/Liard Hot Springs – Winter 2012

The Alaska Highway is arguably the most interesting built piece of the Northern Rockies.  I’ve had the opportunity to make a few runs as far as Liard Hot Springs (about 250km north of Fort Nelson) but didn’t have the time (or rationale) to run up to the Yukon border, which would involve another 250km.  Similar […]

Autumn 2012
Autumn 2012

It’s tough to take a good photo in Fort Nelson.  Picturesque is hardly a good description of anything within walking distance and one does need to get creative with angles to remove the ever present beer/pop cans that live on the sides of the road.  Or, in the case of the two below photographs, actually […]

A good library is essential for living near the top of British Columbia
A good library is essential for living near the top of British Columbia

I used to buy a lot of books.  Text books to cheezy Star Trek novels.  I had no qualms about dropping piles of dough on a trip to Chapters, Munro’s or Bolen’s when I was living in Victoria.  I had fun in used bookstores too.  Then I used to just wander into bookstores to look…or […]

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