Wild Jobs Part Six: Professional Outdoor Athlete

March 10, 2016

Climber.  Paraglider.  Kayaker.  Spelunker.  Ice Climbing World Cup Winner.  Three Time X-Games Gold Medalist.  Four Time Canadian National Sport-Climbing Champion.  US and Canadian Paragliding National Champion.  World Record Holder.  First Ascents.  Athlete.  Father.  Native Albertan. […]

Forgotten Fire Lookout

February 26, 2016

“Anyone can see a forest fire. Skill lies in sniffing the first smoke.” ~Robert A. Heinlein Black Rock Mountain, a prominent peak in the front range of the Canadian Rockies, features a small piece of […]

Wild Jobs Part Five: Wildlife Photographer

January 29, 2016

Photography has long been a hobby of mine, especially wildlife photography.  I always thought that professional photographers that were paid to photograph wild creatures in exotic locations had some of the best jobs in the […]

Wild Jobs Part Four: Search & Rescue

October 16, 2015

In the early 1990’s it was identified there was need for organized search and rescue (SAR) in Alberta to search for lost/missing persons in wilderness settings.  The response started at the grass roots level and […]

Enter The Rat’s Nest

October 1, 2015

I found myself in a precarious position.  Lying on my stomach, face in the dirt, sandwiched between limestone on all sides.  Swallowed in darkness, except for the beam of light projecting from my headlamp.  Moments […]

Searching For Wild Bill

September 17, 2015

“I headed downslope to where the cubs were feeding and came up at them, hoping to scare them into one or another of my mining shafts for protection.  It worked perfectly, as they ran for […]

Meadows in the Sun

August 7, 2015

Most of the visitor’s to Sunshine Village arrive during the winter months for epic skiing and snowboarding, but an increasing number of people are discovering that the popular resort is also worth a trip in the summer.  Sunshine Village […]

Bragging Rights

July 11, 2015

It wouldn’t be too hard to argue that Bragg Creek and Kananaskis are the epicenter for mountain biking in this province. Novice riders are now discovering what veterans of the sport have known for years; […]

Mystery On McGillivray

February 20, 2015

Maybe you’ve heard about the mysterious cavern on the north-facing slopes of Mount McGillivray.  Maybe you’ve had the privilege of visiting the puzzling site in person.  Maybe you’ve even thoroughly explored the hollowed-out passages that […]

Skiing & Snowboarding

December 16, 2014

Since winter has decided to show up for another year, I wanted to highlight some of Alberta’s favourite skiing and snowboarding destinations. I’m going to start with the sites closest to Calgary and progressively move farther away. […]

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