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 . . .
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: . . .
My days in Ecuador were pretty memorable. I climbed a mountain over 5000 metres high, did my first multi-pitch rock climb (and a 5.10 at that, something new for me), went snorkelling with sea turtles and did my own mini-tour of historic Cuenca. I visited ruins and drank at microbreweries and tried . . .
Travelling as a lifestyle can be tough. There's a big difference between a two-week vacation and a constantly on-the-move way of life. While I'm just stating the obvious (let's be honest), the truth is that there's a big gap between expectation and reality when it comes to finding that balance. . . .
Calgary Pros: 1-hour drive from Banff and the Canadian Rockies, plenty of sun, decent biking infrastructure, plenty of veg-friendly restaurants, well-connected airport. Cons: Seen as an oil capital, unemployment is on the rise (thanks to said reliance on oil), the Calgary Stampede . . .