Vamos a la Playa

The Vitals Date: January 18 to January 22, 2020 Location: Eldorado Cabin, South Chilcotins Distance: ~55 km, 3500 meters in 4 days Partners: Dan, Eric, Alex, Jon, Nick, Dave, Brandon Resources: Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis, Tyax Adventures The Trip Before the start of “high” season in late January, the privately operated Eldorado Cabin […]

Bonita Brittany’s Birthday Bike Bop

The Vitals Date: December 6, 2019 Location: Sunshine Coast Distance: ~65 km (about 25 km of single track), ~1300 meters climbed Photos: Brittany Resources: Trailforks, bikepacking.com The Trip With the dreaded shoulder season dragging on and on, Brittany and I rented a house in Sechelt for the weekend with friends. To make it more interesting, […]

Coast Encounters of the Guard Kind

The Vitals Dates: June 29 – July 2, 2018 Location: Broken Group Islands, BC Partners: Brittany, Dawn, Nikki, AT, Tom, Nicole, Jeet, Christian Time: Four days Photos by Brittany The Trip July long weekend of the year of 30th birthdays in my 1988 cohort. Tom’s June birthday falls close enough to the weekend that his wife […]

Keith’s Hut

The Vitals Dates: January 22 -24, 2018 Location: Cerise Creek Partners: Jan, Dave, Christian Distance: ~30 km, ~3000 meters Time: Three moderate days Photos: Greg and Jan GPS Tracks: see below The Trip A three-day trip gives the city dweller the unique opportunity to blow out zones a bit further afield. For this mid-week trip, […]

Mountain Lake Hut Thanksgiving, Again

The Vitals Date: October 7-8, 2017 Location: Furry Creek/Brittania Beach, BC Partners: Brittany and Andre Distance: ~24 km biked, ~16 km hiked Time: Two easy days Photos: Brittany and Greg GPS Tracks: see below The Trip Similar to last year, there isn’t much going on around Thanksgiving and the weather can be pretty iffy. Andre […]

Coquihalla Mountain

The Vitals Date: July 22, 2017 and September 9-10, 2017 Location: Coquihalla Partners: Brittany, Christian, GPD, Eric T Distance: ~15 km, 2157 max elevation Time: Two easy days Photos: Brittany (Instagram) Resources: This and this The Trip I had heard of Mt. Jim Kelly before but somehow not heard of Coquihalla Mountain and didn’t know they were such […]

Brew Hut

The Vitals Date: February 18-19, 2017 Location: Mt. Brew Partners: ET, Jan, Greg, Christian Distance: ~14 km, 1300 m gained one-way from parking lot at PMC Time: six hours up, relaxed paced Resources: VOC wiki Photos: Jan Laesecke The Trip This was a simple, quick jaunt up Mt. Brew to stay at the Varsity Outdoor Club’s […]

Mt. Outram

The Vitals Date: January 15, 2017 Location: Mt. Outram (just west of Manning Park) Partners: ET and Kenyon Distance: ~18 km (1800 m elevation gain, 2461 peak elevation) Time: six hours up, two down Resources: Exploring the Coast Mountains On Skis The Trip BC has been enjoying a prolonged cold spell which has kept snow […]

Remembrance Day in the Okanagan

The Vitals Dates: November 11-13, 2016 Location: Skaha Lake area Partners: Brittany, Christian, Eric T., Laura, Cirisse Distance: ~90 km biked Time: Not an issue Resources: Kettle Valley Railway, Okanagan-Similkameen cycling routes, Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park Photos: Brittany and me The Trip It’s shoulder season in BC with rain in the valleys and too thin of a snowpack (where […]

Mountain Lake Hut

The Vitals Dates: October 9-10, 2016 Location: Brittania Beach, BC Partners: Brittany Distance: ~38 km (2400 m elevation gain) Time: Easy Weekend Resources: Rich So’s blog, VOC forum, trailpeak Photos: Brittany, except when she is the subject The Trip Thanksgiving weekend was forecast to be pretty bleak in terms of weather, but once it came around […]

Eaton Lake

The Vitals Dates: October 1, 2016 Location: South of Hope, BC Partners: Brittany, Christian, Riley, Dave, AT Distance: ~4 km one way (900 meters gained) Time: Short Day Resources: 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia The Trip The reputation online is that this is a tough day hike – just check out the graffiti on […]

Mt. Robie Reid

The Vitals Dates: August 27 – 28, 2016 Location: North end of Alouette Lake Partners: Christian and Riley Distance: ~30 km, 3100 m elevation gain Time: ~15 hours total moving time GPS Tracks: see below The Trip The first mention of Robie Reid in my email is in September 2014, where an email faff organizing […]

Alcoholic Traverse

The Vitals Dates: August 4 – 7, 2016 Location: Squamish/Whistler, BC Partners: Brittany Distance: ~40 km hiked, 7 km hitchhiked, ~3900 m elevation gain Time: Loooonnnnngggg Photos: Brittany The Trip About two weeks before a short stretch of time off, I sent Brittany a short list of 3 – 4 day trips that we might […]