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The Temple of Time - A Secret Old Growth ForestThe Temple of Time Grove of Giants is a local secret that contains some of the largest Douglas Fir trees in Canada. Tucked away five kilometres up the Seymour Valley, these trees escaped the saws of loggers through the help of conservationists and have been thriving for hundreds of years. The largest tree in the Temple of Time is known as the Temple Giant. It is the fifth tallest Douglas Fir tree in BC and is estimated to be up to 900 years old! The journey begins by traveling five kilometres up the paved Seymour Valley Trailway. A road or mountain bike is recommended for this section as it will make travel faster but it can also be completed on foot. The 30-45 minute hike up to the Temple of Time is rugged and steep; sturdy hiking shoes/boots, mild bushwhacking and tenacity is required! The uphill journey is definitely worthwhile once you arrive in the Grove and gaze upon the massive firs. Once in the Temple of Time, we will complete a small loop and see nine massive old growth Douglas Firs before returning down the valley. Depending on our timing and energy levels, we can also make other stops at the Mid-Valley Viewpoint and Rice Lake.
Brackendale Eagle Adventure Nov-Dec ONLY (copy)An epic, once-in-a lifetime (and once a year!) chance to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of west coast wildlife, watch as literally hundreds of majestic bald eagles gather along the river and feast on migrating salmon. Limited time opportunity - the eagles only congregate here in November and December! Each year Brackendale is home to one of the largest winter gatherings of bald eagles in North America, hunting droves of salmon along the Squamish River. Our journey begins in Vancouver as we drive through world-famous Stanley Park and across the iconic Lions Gate Bridge, making our way north along one of the most scenic drives in Canada, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, and through the coastal rainforest to the town of Squamish. We stop at the Squamish Adventure Centre for a presentation describing the importance of the eagles and their significance to the ecosystem (hosted by the Eagle Watching Volunteers) before arriving at one of the best view points, Eagle Run Park. Once we've arrived, you can sip hot chocolate from the local cafe while walking along the riverfront, observing eagles in their natural habitat searching for salmon swimming upstream, or take a peek through your binoculars and set up your camera to capture the day's best shot with the Tantalus Mountain Range looming in the background. We finish the day at the Brackendale Art Gallery, where local artists display work of the eagles, salmon and the Pacific Northwest. There is a local made coffee, tea, hot chocolate and food for available for purchase before driving back to Vancouver. This adventure has something for nature lovers and photographers alike, offering a powerful glimpse into the natural balance of British Columbia's Coastal Rainforest. If you would like to book this adventure as a private tour on another date please message me and we will do our best to accommodate. Fitness Level: Easy
Shredding Mount SeymourWe will be pedalling up Mount Seymour and experiencing the amazing climb and descent trails of the North Shore. From man made features, steep natural rock formations, awesome single track to more mellow rides as well. Whatever you want to ride, we got it!
Freeride on FrommeWe will be riding Fromme, the home of North Shore mountain biking. Flow trails, technical trails and legendary man made features. It can be as easy or technical as you feel up to. We will do an easy climb up and ride whatever type of trails you like.
Squamish SlabsSample some of Squamish’s world-famous granite on this technical trail ride. These slab trails are described as some of the best in the world, and I'll show you why when you book this adventure.
Fast n’ FlowyI'm offering a unique combination of trails with one thing in common: flow. You can’t help but smile as you transition from berm to berm for as long as your legs can handle.
Seek the summit Escape the city with me, and experience some of the most breathtaking views you will ever see. I will drive us to Squamish where we will hike the Sea to Summit trail to the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola. This hike is not for the faint of heart, it's 9 K uphill. The incredible views will keep you so distracted, you'll forget you're hiking up mountain, you won't even realize you have been climbing for 2.5 hours. Look out on stunning Howe Sound, spot eagles, and experience what Beautiful BC really means. Once we reach the top, there is food, drinks, coffee and more views. I'll take pictures for you with this stunning backdrop. Adventure doesn’t wait- you have to seek it!
Ride the Secret Single Track Ride or run endless cross country, tire width, single track through mossy forest ridges. I'll show you one of the best secret tracks as part of this epic bike adventure.
Kayak gulf islands If you haven't kayaked the Gulf Islands, you're missing out. I'll take you on an epic Island hop, I know the islands in and out. We'll spend time on hidden beaches scattered throughout the islands.
Mountain top sunset hopChase sunsets. Stand on mountains. Be happy. Does that sound like your kind of thing? Join me on a hike up the mountains to catch the sunset and kick back. The only real requirement is a good attitude and a sense of humour.
Moss HuntingMoss hunting is an extreme activity that should not be attempted by the faint of heart! We will be walking on beautiful, secluded trails following creeks and trails to find the most epic beds of moss. If you don't believe moss is interesting - think again, and be prepared to change your mind. I'll help you discover the forest floor up close like you've never seen it before.
Hike the North ShoreI'll take you on a classic North Shore trail hike, Experience the ups and downs of a wooded scenic adventure on one of my favourite routes.
Mountain Bike the North ShoreExplore the famous Bridle Path Mountain Biking Trail and all the secret routes around the area with me. I'm an experienced biker, who loves the area, so if you're into discovering new trails and challenging yourself, you're going to love this ride too.
Road Ride Vancouver Slipstream through Vancouver with a safety conscious, experienced road rider. Tell me what you're looking for and what you want to do. Pick from a variety of rides, skill levels and potential vistas, I can work with any preference.
Boulder ScrambleExplore the tumbled boulders below Mt. Maxwell with me. We'll walk through the largest Gary Oak meadow in Canada, see old growth Douglas Fir and gigantic Arbutus trees. We might find a cave or two on the way, and for those that want a thigh burn, we'll have the option of hiking up to an old abandoned hand dug mine shaft clinging to the side of the mountain.
Stargaze: From the only 360 View in the Gulf IslandsCatch the sunset and then cuddle up in blankets and star gaze from the highest point in the Gulf Islands, and the only spot with a true 360 degree view of the surrounding isles. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Baker, Vancouver and the coast mountains, Victoria, Texada Island and all the other islands in between. On a lucky day, you might be able to see Mt. Rainier way off in the distance. Join me for the 360 stargaze of the Gulf Islands to learn about the stars and see the nightsky from a totally new point of view.
Swim circuit: All 7 Lakes in one daySalt Spring has an abundance of swimming spots. It’s a proper swimmer's paradise. We’ll spend the day hopping from lake to lake, warming up and cooling off as we cruise the island and spend time pushing each other off secret floating rafts and jumping off rocks. And, if you’re super game and have another day, we can do a sunset secret sandstone beach ocean swimming circuit too. Fingers crossed for bioluminescence.
Outdoor Adventure PhotographyJoin me for an immersive experience on how to shoot the great outdoors and to capture the whimsical beauty of adventures. Here I will accommodate to your level of skill with your camera and to your hiking fitness. I can walk you through basic steps on how to work your camera all the way to really understanding the light at play in all kinds of weather that Vancouver has to offer. Check out my work at @cherihanphotography (Instagram) for preview of content you can also create! You will come away from this adventure with plenty of your own photos, captured shots from the excursion itself and a greater understanding of how to enjoy taking photos of moments without interrupting them. Locations: St. Marks Summit (intermediate) WhyteCliff Park (beginner)
Epic North Shore RideWe will either meet at the Fromme parking lot at the top of Mountain highway or the base of Seymour Mountain. We will ride for close to three hours exploring all of my favourite trails. You can expect a mix of guiding and coaching during the ride.
Mountain Bike Photography AdventureDo you want pro level mountain bike shots but haven’t known where to go? Now you are covered. We will meet up at Lift Coffee to go over trails and any additional questions you may have.
Hike to Glacial Lakes in WhistlerA rigorous full day hike! Wedgemount Lake is a steep trail with panoramic views of Whistler valley. This adventure is not for the faint of heart- but has huge rewards! A photographer’s playground.
Secret Local Hike - Sea to SkyA leisure hiking adventure with stunning views of Howe Sound and the Sea to Sky corridor. Any and all are welcome to join a meandering trail route with a local built secret viewing deck to sit and watch the sunset (or sunrise!) at the end. This hike takes 2-3 hours round trip.
Cedar Forest Hike to WaterfallsThis hike winds its way around mountain bike trails on Mt. Fromme, to one of the biggest old growth trees on the North Shore - an absolutely massive cedar (estimated to be over 500 years old!) that escaped the mass logging of old growth many years ago and dwarfs every other tree around it. You need to see it to believe it! The trip is approximately 10km round-trip through tall trees and massive ferns, and crosses a number of creeks and rivers before eventually passing the Big Cedar and arriving at Kennedy Falls. We’ll meet at the parking lot at the top of Mountain Highway in North Vancouver and get going! Let me know if you have any questions!
Bear Mountain Super LapThis is going to be a guided/coached tour of what Bear Mtn has to offer as we navigate around the entire zone showing its variety. This will be all climbing and descending totally approx 700m of vertical ascent and approx 13 km’s total distance. Ride will depart and arrive back at Mill Pond ?? Let’s hope this snow and winter takes a hike so we can get out there and enjoy these great trails as they are intended to be. Ride is weather dependant based on safety.
Woodlot GoldThis adventure is a guided/coached tour of what the classic Woodlot has to offer as we navigate around the entire zone showing its variety. This will be all climbing and descending totally approx 600m of vertical ascent and approx 10-13km’s total distance. Ride will depart and arrive back at the dead end on 287th?? Let’s hope this snow and winter takes a hike so we can get out there and enjoy these great trails as they are intended to be. Ride is weather dependant based on safety.
Thornhill FlavourThis is going to be a guided/coached tour of what the short but sweet zone Thornhill has to offer. We will navigate around the entire zone showing its variety of flow, and if the skill is there, jump trails. This will be all climbing and descending totally approx 450m of vertical ascent and approx 10 kms of total distance. Ride will depart and arrive back at the yellow gate on 256th Street ?? Let’s hope this snow and winter takes a hike so we can get out there and enjoy these great trails as they are intended to be. Ride is weather dependant based on safety.
Stargazing and Long Exposure PhotographyJoin us for a magical night in Porteau Cove, secretly the best spot for stargazing in the Vancouver area! We’ll stay warm with hot chocolate as we wait for the stars to show. An introduction to long exposure and night photograph included, as well as pictures for the memory bank, so bring your camera along and any questions you might have! I’m a Vancouver based freelance photographer specializing in outdoor tourism and travel. Check me out at instagram.com/gjerluff !
Sea-to-Sky Waterfall TourFrom Vancouver, we will head up the scenic Sea to Sky Highway visiting three gorgeous falls; Shannon, Brandywine and Alexander. Included snowshoeing (seasonal) at the third waterfall (gear included) and a stop in Whistler Village where you will have up to three hours of free time to explore the village and grab a late lunch (your cost).
Sunset from Dog Mountain This an easy hike in our local mountains. A total of 5 km with little elevation gain. On clear days and nights you can get an amazing view of the city and sunset going down over the mountains. Bring your cameras to capture a moment that is tough to get from within the city.
Nature Photography Workshop This is a practical 'learn as you go' nature photography workshop for beginners and enthusiasts in Lynn Canyon Park (which is easily accessible by car or bus). The workshop is for max 4 people, as I like to make sure that each guest learns a lot during the workshop. If you shoot in auto mode, I can help you switch to manual mode and if you shoot in manual mode, you can focus more on the creative aspects. What I will help you with: - Creative nature photography. Learn how to take artistic wallpaper nature photos and how to think more creatively as a photographer. - Composition. Learn about balance in photos, different composition rules, lines and shapes. - Technical aspects. Learn more about the exposure triangle, raw format, histogram and depth of field. - Your questions and challenges. Tell me about your experiences as photographers and ask questions. - Editing. After the workshop I will send you a link to my post-production tutorial where I edit one of the photos from the workshop in Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop Camera Raw (if you don't have these programs, it is possible to try them for free for a month).
Quarry Rock Hike and Deep Cove TourWe’ll start off meeting at the bus stop and walk along the beach towards trailhead. The hike is a fairly steep uphill to the Quarry Rock where we will break for beautiful views and refuel with snacks. After we reach the end of the hike back downhill I’ll give you a tour of the local shop and cafes and you can pick your fave spot to end the tour!
The Flint and FeatherThe Flint and Feather runs parallel to the Grouse Grind and is more beautiful, more enjoyable and infinitely less crowded. Like the Grind, the Flint and Feather is steep and ascends 850 metres in elevation before arriving at the Grouse Mountain Chalet. Near the top, the trail climbs up a series of bluffs that offer incredible views of Capilano Lake, North Vancouver, Downtown and the Lions.
Crooked FallsCrooked Falls is a 6km round trip hike along the Sigur Trail. Enjoy panoramic scenery of the Squamish Valley and be sure to get wet at the falls! Dog friendly, and encouraged! We begin the trek along the Squamish River Valley Road, from there we will begin travel along a gravel service road to the trail entrance. There are two very beautiful panoramic views of Squamish valley a short ways into the hike. Be prepared for about 30 minutes of fairly steep terrain until we descend about 300m to the falls themselves.
Hiking with Breathtaking ViewsSquamish is home to some of the best hiking trails in the Sea to Sky Corridor! I would love to find the trails that give you the best adventure - steep and rocky reaching majestic vistas, or flat and easy trails along the edge of pretty lakes. Once we meet up and order a coffee, we will discuss what you are looking to do and see, then I will drive us to the trailhead (or you can bring your car, of course!) When the hike is done, we can enjoy more coffee, or one of Squamish's excellent craft brews.
Stunning trail running with a local ultramarathonerSquamish is home to some of the best running trails in the Sea to Sky Corridor - come explore it with a local ultramarathoner! I would love to find the trails that give you the best adventure - steep and rocky reaching majestic vistas, or flat and easy trails along the edge of pretty lakes. We can even talk about getting into alpine scrambles. Once we meet up and order a coffee, we will discuss what you are looking to do and see, then I will drive us to the trailhead (or you can bring your car, of course!). Once we are done, we can enjoy more coffee, or one of Squamish's excellent craft brews. Dog-friendly options are available.
Sea to Sky GondolaHike the sea to sky trail and split off to do upper Shannon falls trail. 7.5 km hike to the top of the gondola at an easy pace should take about 3 hours. Weather subject to variability so bring layers. There is a cafeteria and bar at the top if you would like to reward yourself after a pretty steep hike.
Brohm LakeThis is a beautiful low elevation change lake loop hike with an added bonus loop that looks out over the tantalus mountain range. It is 7.5km in total and should take about 4 hours at a leisurely pace.
MTN Bike Squamish! Lets just simply go biking! This adventure is for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers that are looking to explore more trails. Whether you're visiting or new the Squamish Valley, lets get you up and riding with an awesome group of people. The main goal is to connect and have fun! Because lets face it, biking alone sucks. Apres @ Backcountry Brewing!
Stanley Park Work OutExperience an effective and fun outdoor workout in beautiful Stanley Park! We will work up a sweat, breathing fresh rainforest air, with the mountains and ocean as our backdrop. We'll be doing some high intensity-interval training - including, TRX movements, body weight exercises, and some static yoga movements, as well.
Mountaintop Sunset Hike & 3-Course MealCome and see Vancouver from a different perspective with The West Coast Experience! A guided hike to the top of one of the North Shore mountains to take in an epic sunset! Sit back and relax while your guide prepares you a delicious 3-course meal. You may even get the chance to swing by a mountainside lake for an afternoon dip!
Go big or go homeWe will go ride some advanced trails with where you'll find a real challenge if you want. The ride will take 2 to 3 hours.
Sea to Sky ‘s Epic ViewsGet out of the city and head up to Squamish with me. I will drive us up the sea to sky highway to Squamish, where we will tackle the Chief, one of Vancouver’s most iconic hikes. This is a great medium level hike, with the best view payoff.
Discover Squamish TrailsThis is the ultimate flexible and fully catered adventure. Pick up can be at a hotel, from another adventure, whatever you need! Once on the road we will travel along the iconic Sea to Sky Hwy, stopping along the way at your request. Options to hike The Chief (1.30 hr one way), Shannon Falls, Sea to Summit or any of the local trails. We can decide where together! Message me and we can tailor to the adventure that fits you!
Lions Bay LoopThis is a 1.5 to 2 hour hike, with enough time for photo stops and water breaks. The trail has minimal elevation, with mostly wide, flat, open and well groomed trails. There are stairs and bridges to allow you to traverse some of the steeper sections. A few sections are narrow, and slightly steeper, requiring moderate balance and footing. This hike winds through the network of trails below the Lions mountain range. This is a great hike if you are seeking an easy hike, with beautiful views, and minimal sightings of other hikers. It will take you above the Sea to Sky, with sounds of traffic, but many unobstructed views of Howe Sound. You will feel close to civilization, along some gravel roads, over man made bridges and walkways. As the trail cuts away from the highway, you will have the opportunity to enjoy late evening light in the forest canopy, spot a variety of quirky trail features (look for the panda bear), and visit at least one waterfall.
Whistler RideReady for an epic day of mountain biking? We're going hard, biking and riding in Whistler until the park closes, or we're too tired to go on! We'll discuss the difficulty level of the trails and find out what you'd like to try when we meet. If there are things that you want to learn or practice, feel free to ask me, we can figure out the best way for you to improve your skills while having an awesome time.
Lions Bay LoopThis is a 1.5 to 2 hour hike, with enough time for photo stops and water breaks. The trail has minimal elevation, with mostly wide, flat, open and well groomed trails. There are stairs and bridges to allow you to traverse some of the steeper sections. A few sections are narrow, and slightly steeper, requiring moderate balance and footing. This hike winds through the network of trails below the Lions mountain range. This is a great hike if you are seeking an easy hike, with beautiful views, and minimal sightings of other hikers. It will take you above the Sea to Sky, with sounds of traffic, but many unobstructed views of Howe Sound. You will feel close to civilization, along some gravel roads, over man made bridges and walkways. As the trail cuts away from the highway, you will have the opportunity to enjoy late evening light in the forest canopy, spot a variety of quirky trail features (look for the panda bear), and visit at least one waterfall.
Early Season XC Skiing at Elk PassThis Adventure is for XC skiers from beginner to advanced ability. We will first make sure that your skis have the proper kick-wax. I will provide the wax and corking if required once we arrive. This terrain is hilly right off the bat but don't fret as you will be taught how to do a very solid herringbone! We will slowly make our way up Elk Pass. We will review good technique and take some videos (optional) in order to enhance your learning. Depending on your ability we can continue on to Tyrwhitt which offers some beautiful alpine meadows. For advanced skiers with energy we can go up to the very scenic Blueberry Hill. We will take breaks as required in order to hydrate and replenish energy levels.
Ride The CaribooExplore one of the Williams Lake trail networks at your own pace. We can shuttle or go for an epic XC ride. With four large trail networks to choose from, the options are endless. Williams Lake has some of the best single track trails in the country and with over 400 km's of trail to choose from, there is something for you.
Adult Beginner XC Ski LessonsThis Adventure is for any adults who wish to learn how to cross country ski. No previous experience required. Group sizes will be no more than 4 people. Cross country skiing is a fun winter sport to learn! I will tailor the lesson to your ability level I can help you select rental equipment if required. Take as many lessons as required until you feel confident enough to get out on your own. Lessons are offered at the Confederation Golf Course in the Calgary NW.
Brackendale Eagle Adventure Nov-Dec ONLYAn epic, once-in-a lifetime (and once a year!) chance to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of west coast wildlife, watch as literally hundreds of majestic bald eagles gather along the river and feast on migrating salmon. Limited time opportunity - the eagles only congregate here in November and December! Each year Brackendale is home to one of the largest winter gatherings of bald eagles in North America, hunting droves of salmon along the Squamish River. Our journey begins in Vancouver as we drive through world-famous Stanley Park and across the iconic Lions Gate Bridge, making our way north along one of the most scenic drives in Canada, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, and through the coastal rainforest to the town of Squamish. We stop at the Squamish Adventure Centre for a presentation describing the importance of the eagles and their significance to the ecosystem (hosted by the Eagle Watching Volunteers) before arriving at one of the best view points, Eagle Run Park. Once we've arrived, you can sip hot chocolate from the local cafe while walking along the riverfront, observing eagles in their natural habitat searching for salmon swimming upstream, or take a peek through your binoculars and set up your camera to capture the day's best shot with the Tantalus Mountain Range looming in the background. We finish the day at the Brackendale Art Gallery, where local artists display work of the eagles, salmon and the Pacific Northwest. There is a local made coffee, tea, hot chocolate and food for available for purchase before driving back to Vancouver. This adventure has something for nature lovers and photographers alike, offering a powerful glimpse into the natural balance of British Columbia's Coastal Rainforest. If you would like to book this adventure as a private tour on another date please message me and we will do our best to accommodate. Fitness Level: Easy
Hike Johnston’s Canyon to the Inkpots for TwoThis activity is priced for two, bring a friend or loved one and explore the beauty of Johnston’s Canyon to the Ink Pots, near Banff National Park. Enjoy a classic canyon filled with flowing water in the summer and ice in the winter, Rocky Mountain vistas, geology, geography, flora, fauna and history over this 4ish hour hike.
Winter Canadian Rockies Canyon ExplorationThis is a public activity, priced for two, bring a friend or loved one and explore this neat water sculpted canyon. Hike through a winter wonderland in the heart of the Canadian Rockies below the towering Grotto Mountain. This family friendly hike leads up an icy canyon scoured white by flood waters, past pictographs, ice falls and interesting rock formations such as Hoodoos! Enjoy the riddle of the Hopi natives when they traveled up by foot from the four corners of the USA. This 3-4ish hour activity includes walking crampons, a snack and an interpretive component.
Learn To Build A Snow Quinzhee & Enjoy Hot Chocolate & CookiesEmbrace the winter and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains as you build a snow Quinzhee! If built properly a snow Quinzhee (which is a combination between an igloo and a snow cave) will be much warmer than sleeping in a tent. We'll build one just for fun and along the way you'll learn tons of winter tips and tricks to build your skills. While we wait for the snow to set before hollowing it out you can enjoy the hot chocolate and cookies and learn about additional winter shelters you can build like snow caves, snow trenches, and lean-to styles. Most of all we'll have a ton of fun (and maybe a snowball fight or two)! You'll also learn about essential winter skills like how to avoid hypothermia and frost bite, locating water, melting snow, and strategies to be comfortably dressed in all conditions. Along the way we'll share real Search and Rescue stories and you'll learn practical ways to stay found if you ever get off track. Since we love capturing the fun we'll take pics of you throughout the day and send them your way after its done! Enjoy a new side of winter, take in the winter wonderland, and let it snow! Your local guides Shauna and Lisa have been having fun building, instructing, and sleeping in snow Quinzhee's for years! The coldest night Shauna has spent in one was -35 and it was a balmy 0 degrees inside! In addition your instructors are certified guides with over 18 years experience here in the Rocky Mountains, and each have 9 years experience team leading, and instructing in Search and Rescue. They love taking people to beautiful places and giving them the skills they need to get outside! This is a full day adventure and is perfect for people of all abilities, including families with kids 12+ years!
Avalanche Skills Training Level 1Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 consists of day one in the classroom and day two in the field. Alpine Air Adventures in partnership with Avalanche Canada delivers AST training curriculum designed to enable people to travel in the back country safely, understanding where to obtain current information and understanding the onsite snow pack dynamics and terrain use. Field days will be held at Bow Summit or Vermilion Pass, in some cases due to conditions the field day location may change, this will be discussed in class.
Avalanche Skills Training Level 2Get your training from experienced ACMG/IFMGA mountain guides who have spent years in the heli-skiing and back country skiing industry forecasting avalanche danger for guiding operations. Rogers Pass is an amazing place for the Avalanche Safety Training level 2 with a variety of snow pack structure and terrain that is crucial for advanced avalanche training in the mountains. With so much challenging and complex terrain The Pass will keep even the most experienced back country users engaged. This is a 4 day course which involves previous touring experience, minimum AST 1 contact us. One day of class is in the Guides room at the Lake Louise Alpine Center, some components of the day will take place out side. We will be staying in Golden B.C. for the following 3 days travelling to the Pass daily with evening debrief session. Three days touring with a professional guide, this is a stepping stone for learning that all serious enthusiasts need to take Companion Rescue Deep burials, multiple burial scenarios triage and accident site management leading a groups up & down in challenging and complex avalanche terrain Risk tolerance and decision making model Snowpack analysis using a variety of online and onsite tools Understanding online weather products and changing mountain weather Avalanche Canada Curriculum and professional field book for field notes and weather observations All instructors are certified by the Canadian Avalanche Association and hold Professional membership and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and or the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations.
Scenic Kananaskis Snowshoe AdventureDiscover amazing meadows with spectacular views of rugged peaks snowshoeing in the Kananaskis. This is a favourite spot for locals, with fewer crowds you can fully experience the silence and solitude that can only winter can offer. I have explored within Kananaskis for over 40 years, and would love to share my knowledge and the history of this incredible area with you. When my wife and I go to the mountains, Kananaskis is our first choice. This Adventure starts in Calgary, travel times can be up to 1.5 hours in duration (each way), plus snowshoeing to our destination (which will vary), plan for a full day. There are destinations within the area that offer a challenge for experienced explorers, as well as some easy and moderate variations for beginners. Let me know what you’re looking for and I can accommodate your needs.
Winter Camping 101 (with quinzhees!) Wish you could camp in every season? You can! Learn all the basics of winter camping including building quinzhees together. Enjoy a treat made by Edmonton YouTube celeb Alexis of Stump Kitchen. Minimal driving: this event is in Edmonton so you can enjoy an afternoon outside in the winter sun and then be home well before dark! We make quinzhees that you could sleep in, but we will not sleep over.
Discover Snowshoeing Info NightEver wanted to try snowshoeing and don't know where to get started or where to go? Are you rusty and want to brush up on your knowledge and skills? Learn all you need to know in a engaging evening packed full of awesome info from a local pro guide! Embrace the winter by walking across the thick snow pack instead of through it. Get started by learning about fantastic places to go, techniques for snowshoeing, proper clothing and footwear, day pack essentials, animal safety, and much more! No matter where your at you'll walk away with a ton of pro tips and where to find the snowshoe trails that fit your experience level!
Women's Evening Wellness WalksThese guided outdoor walks are exclusively designed for women who love the outdoors but aren't sure how to start or where to go. These evening adventures are easy hikes to beautiful places that are created to build your confidence in the outdoors, all within 45 minutes of Calgary. No experience required. Leave the chaos of everyday life behind and follow your guide through pristine pine forests to beautiful viewpoints on beginner friendly trails . Each walk we create some space we like to call "Mindful Moments" where we take a few minutes to soak in the views and be intentional about our mindsets and creating a grateful life. While you take it all in you can enjoy the hot beverages and snacks we've brought for you. These walks are designed to be enjoyed at a much slower pace so no matter where you fitness level is at we'll have a lot of fun! This is for women who are looking for a safe and supportive atmosphere to step outside their comfort zone and discover the beauty of the outdoors. Join like minded women who desire to take their first steps together, with no fear of judgement, and discover new places you couldn't imagine your feet would take you! Created by women, for women, your local guides aim is to inspire you, provide expert know-how, and take you to beautiful places. In addition they are certified guides with 18 years experience here in the Rocky Mountains, and 9 years experience with Search and Rescue. These evenings walks run year round, usually bi-weekly. During the spring and fall enjoy a sunset hike, and during the summer we skip the crowds and take in the stillness of the evening. In the winter we throw on some extra layers, enjoy the crisp fresh air and walk with pixie lights that light the way. Yes, disco light dance parties have spontaneously happened under the stars! Each walk we'll explore different trails either in or near Calgary, none are more than a 45 minute drive from Calgary into Kananaskis Country. Even if you've lived here all your life you'll discover some new amazing gems you'll want to show friends and family! This area is a favorite for good reason! When you sign up we'll send you that weeks trailhead location a few days ahead of time, where you will meet your guides and head out.
Intro to Backcountry Skills With Essentials Kit & LunchHave you wanted to explore in the backcountry but aren't sure where to start? Discover all you need to know to thrive in the outdoors with a fun day of fire and shelter building and more from local Search and Rescue experts! We'll start with a short hike to an off-trail location with beautiful mountain views and from there you'll learn all sorts of pro tips and tricks! You'll get your own Outdoor Essentials Kit which is packed full of goodies to get you started including a tarp and ropes to build your own survival shelter. You'll learn fire making skills as you build your own and then cook your lunch over it. Enjoy your hot chocolate and marshmallows as you learn survival tips and practical applications from Search and Rescue. With over 9 years of experience as Search Manager, instructor and Team Leads your local guides will share real Search and Rescue stories and you'll learn practical ways to stay found if you ever get off track. Having seen many situations where inexperience has gotten people into trouble Shauna and Lisa love passing on the essential skills needed to have confidence and know exactly what to do if something happens. As certified hiking guides in the Rocky Mountains with 18 years experience Shauna and Lisa will also go over essential skills like dealing with wildlife, basic map reading, setting up a proper backcountry camp, useful plants, how to avoid hypothermia, knots, and strategies to be comfortably dressed in all conditions so you can thrive in the natural environment. Since your local guides are all about having fun, they'll also capture pics of you throughout the day and send them your way after its done! Enjoy a new side of the outdoors and feel confident as you walk away with the knowledge and experience to survive and thrive in the outdoors. When we allow ourselves to explore, we discover destinations that were never on our map. Adventure awaits! This is a full day adventure and is specifically designed for those just starting out in the outdoors at all fitness levels, including families with kids 12+ years! This adventure is offered year round and is tailored for the conditions in each season.
Green TimeHey youth and your adults! Less screen time, more green time? Head out into the sun on this 2-hour "technology fast" to unwind, de-stress and connect to each other and nature. This guided eco-therapy inspired walk will introduce you to the well-being benefits of this particular way of being in the forest. Note: This gathering is designed for youth (age 13 to 19) and their adults (does not have to be a parent). If one attendee is a teen, older and younger siblings are welcome. Adult bring your youth, youth bring your adult. Adults, you can bring more than one youth. We walk in a group, but most activities are done solo. Feel refreshed and alive!
Full Moon HikesExperience the Rocky Mountains in a whole new light! Learn more about the stars, nocturnal animals, and things that go bump in the night! Feel your senses heighten as the darkness sets in. Howl at the moon, feel the wind on your face, and your feet on the ground. Join the monthly Full Moon Hike and step outside your comfort zone. You never know what you may see...or what might see you! This is an easy 3-4hour hike. On average, the Full Moon Hikes are 7km with 300-500m of elevation gain. The hikes are chosen the day of to allow for last minute changes due to weather. Meet the group inside Elevation Place at the tables provided inside the building. We can expect to be back to Canmore around 11 pm
Ice Climbing skills reviewThis 2 day Ice Review course has emphasis on reviewing and introducing skills for people who want to climb Ice at the crags and begin multi pitch climbing. We will discuss leading techniques, belaying techniques, setting up top rope anchors and how to clean them safely, rappelling, proper communication and of course do some climbing. This is a great ice climbing lesson for the first time outside ice climber or as an early season refresher to start the season safely.
Hike and DineSpoil yourself with the perfect combination of exploring the mountains with a relaxing dinner and breath-taking views. Wake up your body and mind as you explore the mountains on a guided hike and reward yourself with a three-course meal from one of Canmore’s finest restaurants. Your future self will thank you! The events run Fridays evenings Meet your guide at the Iron Goat for 3:30pm. We will leave on foot to explore the surrounding mountains. The hike is ~3.5hours and will take you over uneven terrain for ~5-7km with 250m elevation gain. Upon returning, your guide will say goodbye as your seated at your specially reserved table. Enjoy the opportunity of ordering the included three-course meal from the menu that Jenna and Iron Goat created just for your enjoyment. Having already burned the calories while on the trail you can now sit back, soak in the views, and relish your meal! There is no need to rush, the experience is yours to enjoy!
Ice Climbing ExperienceThe Ice experience programs are designed to introduce the sport of ice climbing. The Ice experience can be 1 or 2 days and will get people off swinging and introduced to the world of ice with a safety oriented approach; the guides will begin with the basics: Site safety and awareness Walking with crampons Belaying top rope and lead climbers swinging the tools and movement skills As the day progresses or if you choose the 2-day program, you be introduced to: Steeper ice techniques, front point techniques placing ice screws building anchors and v-thread mock leads and repelling Both days will be at different venues, which may include: Kings creek in K-country The Junkyards in Canmore Bear Spirit near Banff Johnston Canyon near Banff Haffner creek Kooteney NP
Rogers Pass Deep DecemberThree days of Deep December Powder, what a great xmas present! Rogers Pass is renown for its huge snowfall and cold deep powder skiing and in late December it can be waist deep! We will be staying at the Kicking Horse River Lodge, a classic mountain home to base out of in Golden B.C. This is an ideal trip for intermediate to strong skiers who like to ski a lot! We can accommodate first time backcountry skiers with intermediate ski skills on this trip, don’t miss out on the Deep December Powder skiing!
March Madness MountaineeringBased out of the Lake Louise Alpine Center, the long weekend will be spent climbing and skiing some of the Rockies greatest peaks. The end of March is an excellent time of year to climb and ski the high peaks in and around Lake Louise, Field B.C and North towards Jasper on the 93N. In previous years, the AAA Guides have made accents of Mt Victoria N Summit, Cathedral Peak, Mt Field, Cirque Peak, Crowfoot and Mt Hector. With long warm spring days and a deep well settled snow-pack, join the AAA Guides for a great weekend of peak bagging and skiing!
Avalanche Safety Training - Level 1 (Yervana Local's)Thank you for your interest in enrolling in an AST 1 course with West Coast Educational Adventures (Francois-Xavier Gagnon). Do you venture out of bounds, off the trails or into the backcountry? An AST 1 is your place to start. You don't need any experience to take this course. It is a must for everyone recreating in the backcountry or slack country. This is the course where you’ll learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to self rescue. An AST 1 is a minimum of two days with both classroom and field components. What you will learn in an AST 1: Avalanche formation and release Identify avalanche terrain The basics of trip planning Optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your Avalanche risk Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain Intro to companion rescue Course Agenda Day 1 Evening Lecture - Wednesday December 5th 6:30pm Yervana Outdoor Adventure 510 Burrard Street Suite 1020 *select 10th floor and take elevator up suite 1020 on your right call 617-331-6725 if you need help Group introductions, goals and objectives for the Course, backcountry risks, agenda review, waivers Avalanche phenomena and the implications to us Avalanche formation and avalanche safety Characteristics of avalanches, triggers and Avalanche Terrain Recognition Introduction to the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) Mountain snowpack and snow metamorphism Day 2 (Mt. Seymour) Your instructor will provide meeting details on the classroom day. Field Days goals and learning objectives Weather and public avalanche bulletin discussion (Wind, Precipitation, Temperature) Transceivers and companion rescue practice Managing and reducing risk in avalanche terrain Route selection, track setting and terrain recognition Snow study profile, stability tests and identifying layers of concern Group rescue scenario – response and priorities Day 3 (Whistler/Blackcomb)
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