Destinations

Dirt Bag Guide: Skaha

Dirt Bag Guide: Skaha

Picture this – easily accessible, beautiful granite rock to climb, gorgeous lake views, warm temperatures and sun, surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Welcome to Skaha Bluffs! Who wouldn’t want to spend time there? This Rockies climbing destination is by far one of my favourite places to visit in the west. It […]

Event: Arcteryx Climbing Academy

Event: Arcteryx Climbing Academy

The West Coast is a pretty special place, especially in summer. The mountains seem to rise straight from the ocean, their slopes clad in a thick forest of lush, towering trees. Squamish, located at the head of Howe Sound, is home to world class rock climbing on the granite cliffs that […]

Trip Report: Shuangqiaogou Valley, Sichuan, China

Trip Report: Shuangqiaogou Valley, Sichuan, China

aka The Adventures of Team Junk Show We weren’t feeling the best with scratchy throats and running noses. Grating coughs escaped everyone’s lips at some point. Our Tibetan hosts noticed and brewed up a ginger-and-honey home remedy: jiāng chá. We loved it, but couldn’t quite get the pronunciation right, so […]

Dirt Bag Guides: Canmore

Dirt Bag Guides: Canmore

Tom Livingstone and Uisdean Hawthron visited the Canadian Rockies for some alpine climbing in September, living mostly our of their rented van and poaching WiFi wherever possible. Since I live here, I rarely have issues with finding my bed or WiFi, so I thought I’d ask them for a visitors’ […]

Dirt Bag Guides: Squamish

Dirt Bag Guides: Squamish

With spring fast approaching I’ve found myself thinking about rock climbing more and more and getting excited about the upcoming season.  Excited for new climbs and to get back onto old projects, excited to be on the rock with the wind in my hair and the sun on my back.  […]

Bugaboos Essentials

Bugaboos Essentials

I recently completed a series of trips into the Bugaboos, an area renown for towering alpine granite spires and amazing climbing in the Purcell Mountains of Southeastern BC.  If you have not heard of this place I can only surmise that you must not be a climber and so should […]

Trip Report: Shivering In the Cold and Dark On Mt. Louis

Trip Report: Shivering In the Cold and Dark On Mt. Louis

The Gmoser Route on Mt. Louis is an ultra classic 5.9 trad route in Banff National Park, and I recommend it to anyone looking for an awesome adventure in the region. Mt. Louis is also home to the renowned Diamond Face, where Tommy Caldwell and Sonnie Trotter set the 5.13+ […]

Trip Report: Mt. Temple, Greenwood-Jones

Trip Report: Mt. Temple, Greenwood-Jones

Climbing can sometimes be a very surreal experience. Take, for example, our weekend climb up Mt. Temple. On the one hand, we are on a massive, almost-mile-high north face composed mostly of loose rocks piled on top of each other, the climbing more mentally than physically taxing and retreat not […]

A Night Circus

A Night Circus

This is, at its core, just a short ‘conditions’ update on Polar Circus… The plan was hatched like many others between Jeff and I, a late evening phone call to discuss our so-called ‘climbing plans’ for the next day. Jeff hasn’t been climbing much this winter, so I proposed something […]

Trip Report: Along the David Thompson Highway

Trip Report: Along the David Thompson Highway

Continuing my exploration of the Rockies, I’ve added the David Thompson Highway to my list of new places I’m falling in love with. The Canadian Rockies are a fascinating range, and the more time I spend in its various corners, the more I start seeing differences among its many peaks […]