Though officially fall only began about a week ago, it's been creeping in around here since the beginning of September. Temperatures hovering around 6 or 7 degrees Celsius seem to be the norm lately. In an effort to fit in at least one more good day hike at a busy time of year before the weather . . .
Quick Stats: Ha Ling Peak Location: Around an hour's drive from Calgary, Alberta, in the Canmore area just outside Banff National Park. Elevation: 2481 metres Round-trip time: 3-4 hours Difficulty: Easy (a great scramble for those who are nervous about heights!) Height gain: 816 . . .
"Hiking" can be an extremely broad term. It can encompass leisurely strolls on a well-maintained path, pacing up and down rolling hills, and traversing rocky and uneven terrain with a constant uphill grade (though, perhaps that's better put into the "scrambling" category). I'll admit that I used . . .
Quick Stats: Mount Baldy Location: One hour away from Calgary, Alberta, in Kananaskis Country just outside Banff National Park. Elevation: 2193 metres Round-trip time: 4-6 hours Difficulty: Moderate (due to the crux, which is about 2/3rds of the way to the peak and is avoidable) Height gain: . . .
Deep down, aren't we all a little scared of heights? Not of the heights themselves, but of the idea of actually falling from a great distance. Maybe you're the type of person who goes right to the edge of the cliff, but I bet you'll still have a minuscule feeling of unease when clinging to the tiny . . .