Off Season Cross-Training for Hiking and Backpacking

Winter is fast approaching, weather windows for hiking are rapidly diminishing (if not completely vanishing), and it gets dark waaaaay too early now. I'm sure some of you will be layering on the waterproof jacket and venturing out into the west coast rain, trading in your hiking boots for snowshoes and skies, or even heading south for sunnier, drier conditions. And some of you may be thinking 'well, I guess those trails can wait until next year...'

Easter Weekend Rock Climbing on Quadra Island

Over the Easter holiday (a four-day weekend, here in Canada), my partner and I headed up to Quadra Island, one of the Discovery Islands wedged between central Vancouver Island and the mainland.  Quadra Island is my favourite of the Gulf and Discovery Islands: it embodies the true west coast island style, with funky hippie houses … Continue reading Easter Weekend Rock Climbing on Quadra Island