La Vieille Capitale

In the midst of a transit whirlwind I recently spent a few hours in my hometown of Quebec City. Most would agree that the “Vieille Capitale” is among the most beautiful cities on the continent. I live a few provinces away now but appreciate the charm of Old Quebec more than ever before. Here are…

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The Magic of Skoki

The Skoki area has long been a favorite when it comes to backcountry areas in Banff National Park. The region boasts an amazing array of blue and green lakes in the summer, endless wildflowers and fantastic scrambling. In the wintertime, the area becomes a true wonderland for skiers. In the heart of it all is…

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Jerzy Kukuczka – Tribute to a Himalayan Giant

Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka would have turned 64 today. To me, he was the ultimate athlete, the real thing. His mental toughness was legendary even among the finest climbers in the world. “Jurek”‘s list of mountaineering achievements is arguably the most impressive in history (from Wikipedia): 1979 — Lhotse – West Face, Normal Route. 1980 — Mount Everest –…

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