Whitewater

Here is a short slideshow I put together to celebrate what is great about winter. If you live here in Nelson that means Whitewater Ski Resort.

Posted on 10/28 at 06:08 AM | Comments

Vallelujah

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My twenty-five bucks was well-spent this year, put toward the Nelson Cycling Club coffer that goes into trail maintenance, and in some cases, new trails. Other sponsors were brought in recently with the result being another great new trail in the Smallwood area: Vallelujah, a nine-kilometre singletrack that is arguably Nelson’s best cross-country ride. Considering it’s one of the only ones, that’s not a stretch. The views are about as nice as the hand-built trail, stretching to the Valhallas and beyond. My friend Graeme and I went out yesterday with the dogs and linked the trail with a couple of others in the area for a four-hour loop. So sweet!

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Posted on 10/16 at 04:46 PM | Comments

Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

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Twenty friends and seven excited kids hiked into the Kokanee Glacier cabin (hidden behind a tree, above) last weekend for an annual Thanksgiving feast. Here are a few images of the surrounding landscape, which I am definitely thankful for- showing the subtle hues of the plant understory including huckleberry, rhododendron and various grasses. A sprinkling of snow on the peaks and glacier were a nice touch- until the sprinkles turned into a driving blizzard on day three when we had to hike out. There’s now about 25cm of snow at treeline.

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Posted on 10/16 at 04:20 PM | Comments

Jumbo

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Alpine Larch (Larix lyallii) has a limited range in North America, from southern Idaho, northeast up the Rockies, with smatterings westward to the Cascades. But the stronghold is in the Purcells. This latter range is where Jumbo Pass lies, the alpine gateway between the East and West Kootenay regions. It’s only a few hours by vehicle and foot from Nelson. Casey, Amy and I found ourselves there recently, spending a night at the cozy Jumbo Cabin and hitting the fall colours of the larch just right.

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Posted on 10/11 at 04:21 AM | Comments

Lockhart Creek

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With the first real messy weather of the fall season in the forecast, friends Kari, Pete, Cam and myself decided to make the most of the last dry day and ride a Kootenay epic: Lockhart Creek. We ferried across Kootenay Lake, shuttled up to Gray Creek Pass then rode down the other side, climbed again and five hours later arrived at the head of Lockhart Creek. From there it was a 1500m single-track descent on the mountain bikes. A little rough at first, the trail eventually smoothed out and offered some high-speed cruising on a refreshingly mellow grade through some nice older forest. The roots were pretty slick, which is perhaps a prelude to the wet weather in the forecast. Here’s a shot of Cam crossing Lockhart Creek.

On another note, hockey season started tonight so stay tuned for some hockey blogs. Yes, we won- but it was only exhibition game so not really worth writing about. Otherwise, post-games are the ideal time to stay up late and write these blogs…

Posted on 10/03 at 07:36 AM | Comments

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