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 […]

Retro post: Camping in Maui

The Vitals Date: March 4 – 11, 2017 Location: Maui (Haleakalā National Park, Kihei, Waiʻānapanapa State Park) Partners: Brittany Distance: 35 km in Haleakalā National Park, 10 km in Waiʻānapanapa State Park, other Time: 3 easy days in Haleakalā National Park, 1 day in Waiʻānapanapa State Park Resources: Haleakala Nation Park Waianapanapa State Park Photos: Brittany The Trip Direct flights from […]

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 […]

Oregon Bikepacking – Hart Sheldon Hot Springs Route

The Vitals Dates: May 6 – 10, 2018 Location: Southeast Oregon Partner: Brittany Distance: ~400 km, ~2700 meters Time: Five days Photos: Brittany GPS Tracks: see bottom of post Resources: Bikepacking.com, USGS maps, Printed maps (below)  The Trip We drove down to Frenchglen, OR from Vancouver over two days, doing about 8 hours on Saturday travelling through […]

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, […]

Los Niños Valientes

The Vitals Date: October 31 – November 7, 2017 Location: Bogota, Colombia Partners: Jose Alberto Purpose: Work, but with time to be a tourist Foods tried: Ajiaco – a salty soup with chicken, different potatoes, and corn Obleas – A street food dessert made of two thin wafers sandwiching condensed milk, caramel, raspberry jam, and […]

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 […]

Kluane National Park – Donjek Route

The Vitals Dates: June 8 – June 14, 2017 Location: Kluane National Park – Donjek Range Partners: Brittany Distance: 112.4 km (4709 m gross elevation, 2157 m highest point) Time: 7 days Resources: National Parks site for route description, this blog post, this blog post, these gps tracks Our food packing list: Yukon 9 Day Meal Planner Photos: Brittany […]

South Twin Sister

The Vitals Dates: September 10 – 11, 2016 Location: Twin Sister Range near Welcome, WA Partners: Brittany Distance: ~18 km bike (700 m elevation gain), ~12 km hike (1350 m elevation gain) Time: ~7.5 hours moving time Resources: Matt Gunn’s Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia and Summit Post (up to date at time of writing) The Trip […]

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 […]