Category: Hiking

Perched On The Nose of a Turtle

While there are plenty of hikes to do in Red Rock Canyon, we were after a long one that would give us a birds’ eye view of the climbing crags we’d been playing in… and Turtlehead Peak fit the bill. Its peak rises, looking…

There’s More to Vegas Than You Think

“Where are you going?” “Vegas.” “What!? YOU are going to Vegas?” We called our first trip to Las Vegas, years ago, the “Over My Dead Body” trip…. Everything I knew about Vegas seemed at odds with the way I choose to live my life….

Sunrise at Canyon Overlook

“Got the headlamps?” “Check.” “Coffees?” “Check.” “Puffies and toques?” “Yep.” We were up before the crack of dawn on our last day in Zion, ready for one last taste of adventure before we had to leave her for the climbing Mecca of Red Rocks…

Don’t Do Angel’s Landing!

We were up at the lookout by 10am and it was already a GONG SHOW! The lookout, the trail and the chains were so over run with people! With people trying to test their fear limits, doing Angels’ Landing is nothing more than a cloying, mind-numbing traffic jam of an experience. Add to that a spattering of people frozen by fear, their companions trying to talk them through it, hundreds of people full of nervous chatter and giggling, then people trying to take charge of the chaos and bring some order to the situation and you have, in short, a nightmare.

Observation Point: Our Favourite Zion Hike

“I wonder what’s around that corner?!” Famous last words…. And with that utterance, our half-day hike became a full-on, full day, 18km walk in the park. Without a lunch. Rookie mistake.

Zion’s Hidden Canyon

Hidden Canyon is a fantastic hike that lets you romp and scramble and explore a small side canyon that’s perched high above the Zion canyon floor. Hidden Canyon lies in the slit on the right hand side of the photo above. If you look…

Zion’s Little Detour: The Weeping Wall

As a warm-up hike our first day we did a short romp, up through a light rain, to the base of the waterfall that tumbled out of the Weeping Wall. The header image for this post shows it, near my hiking boot, seen from…

If You Go to Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a hiking Mecca in southwest Utah… one of those places that if you like hiking and scrambling, and if you LOVE canyons, you’ve just GOT to go! The sandstone, with its deeply carved slot canyons and its incredible streaks of…

An Overview of our Zion/Red Rocks/Moab Trip

Passing through the border crossing at Carway, Alberta, a rather wildwest US border patrol officer asked us what we planned to be doing, took a look at the bikes and the climbing gear, and asked us with such incredulity in his tone, “Now why…

The Col Rosa (Ettore Bovero) Via Ferrata

Climbing up along a long, dramatic arête (sort of like a long, upright column of rock that stands out, like a corner, on the mountain side) took a lot of stamina. This climb, due to the nature of climbing up that arête feature, had far more exposure than the day before. Some of the views down made my heart leap with an, “oh my! that’s a long way down” jolt. It was the bravest I felt I’ve been in a long time, both from an exposure point of view, and from the length of time I had to climb without respite. Bill feels it represented about a 5.7/5.8 climb.

Piz da Lech Via Ferrata

Piz da Lech is a via ferrata that begins near the town of Corvara. Perched above the town, it is easily accessed by taking the Boè gondola, followed by the Vallon chair lift, up to a point on the mountain that is within a short hike to the start of the VF route. It has outstanding views from the top of the Sella group of mountains, with their dramatically-cut stone pillars and deep chasms. The Sellas are mountains that remain hidden from view until you summit up top… and catching a glimpse of them from way up there is so well worth the effort!

Averau… Part Via Ferrata and Part WW1 Adventure

The main reason we came to Italy was to do via ferrata. It was something we’ve only done once before, and it captured our hearts and imaginations, so much so that we planned a vacation around it two years later. Back in 2015, on…