headed to Patagonia Jan 2018

My January 2016 Patagonia trip was cut short. Only a month.

I’m planning to stay longer this time.

Arriving Santiago January 20th. Planning to start in Mendoza. Head to Bariloche from there for hiking and cycling.

I’m looking at photos of the Patagonian Andes for inspiration. These are from the upcoming documentary Unbounded. It should be released sometime Spring 2018.


Goat Range Provincial Park, B.C.

I grew up in Calgary. Had a summer home near Nelson, B.C. for 30 years … yet couldn’t recall any Goat Range Provincial Park.

Have you heard of it?

It’s remote.

This park has some rugged possibilites but few developed trails. There is one short but awesome old growth cedar walking trail, and one short hike to a spectacular waterfall. …

B.C. Parks

Field and Forest made a trip. Posted some wonderful photos.


Lake O’Hara (CAN) Hiking and Camping Guide

Clever Hiker posted the best information page we’ve yet seen for Lake O’Hara in the Canadian Rockies.

Though Sunshine to Assiniboine is our favourite hike in those mountains, Lake O’Hara is the most spectacular.

It’s extremely difficult to get a reservation for O’Hara due to popularity. We try EVERY year by phone on the start date (around April 20th).

Clever Hiker succinctly tells you how to do O’Hara …

Lake O’Hara Hiking and Camping Guide

La Luz Trail, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The La Luz Trail is a well-known hike in the Cibola National Forest just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The trail climbs ~8 miles up the West face of the Sandia Mountains and ends at the Sandia Peak Tramway observation deck. …

… up 3,800 feet with a starting elevation of 7,000 feet and a peak elevation of 10,350 feet. Highlights include views of the Sandia Mountains and expansive views of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley. We completed this hike in the second week of October 2017 during the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. …


related – I failed to find the trail up on one of the snowiest days of the year. It’s possible to get lost even this close to Albuquerque.

Skyline Trail Backpacking Guide, Jasper

Clever Hiker:

Of the 44 kilometers of trail, nearly two thirds is above treeline with sweeping mountain views in all directions, beautiful glacial lakes, and wind-swept ridges.

Usually completed in 2-4 days, the trail climbs over three mountain passes, though the route is moderately-graded. You’ll encounter diverse flora and fauna (and a beautiful wildflower display in August), as well as vast meadows great for wildlife viewing.

Obtaining a permit for this trail can be tough, but if you’re lucky enough to get one, you’re in for a fantastic high alpine adventure. ….

Skyline Trail Backpacking Guide, Jasper National Park

 Our two favourite hikes near Jasper Alberta are Berg Lake, Mount Robson and the Skyline Trail.

Your best starting point for organizing Skyline is the Clever Hiker page…

Skyline Trail Backpacking Guide, Jasper National Park