I had a bachelor weekend with Natalia in Victoria so I went hiking in the snow
and did a little ice climbing with my brother-in-law.

Hiking Moose Mountain


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I decided I wanted to go for a hike so I drove out to Moose Mountain only to discover two other
guys who had the same idea and didn't have the ability to drive up the service road. Here we are
hiking the wrong way into the trail system.


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The top peak on the right side is our destination.


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Here are the two guys I met while hiking - Graham and Bob.


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Here I am on the false summit, with Bob's mitt on the lens.


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This is Graham looking out onto the front range of Kananaskis.


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Heading up towards the summit.


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I thought this sign for 'no biking' was pretty good.


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There was a little bit of snow and ice on the trail to the summit.


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This almost makes it look like an alpine ascent.


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Looking back towards Calgary.


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The sign at the top of the Moose Mountain fire lookout.


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Since Canada Post won't even deliver mail to my mailbox, I find it unlikely that they deliver here.

The view around Moose Mountain



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Bob and Graham at the helicopter pad.


Climbing with Eric and Adrienne


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I had the bright idea that I could totally get my Highlander into the Ghost. Yeah... Not so much.
Here are Eric and Adrienne packing my car and getting ready to go.


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This is where my car failed. Steep ice = Paul sliding backwards but not going into the ditch.


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Here are Eric and Adrienne getting loaded up to go have a look into the Evan Thomas Creek area.


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Eric and Adrienne on Evan Thomas Creek.


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Awww, that's cute!


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Yeah, I'm a rockstar in my Garmont Adrenalines!


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Eric got all new ice climbing gear and so he tried it out for the first time with us.


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Nice job tucking your pants into your boots Eric. Definite fashion faux-pas.


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Here is Adrienne as I'm playing with my fill-in flash.


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Pretty bare ice so far this season.


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Eric looked moody so I shot him in sepia tone. Just like the Trailer Park Boys.


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We decided to have a play on Chantilly Lace.


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Adrienne is crossing an icy stream.


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The ice was a little thin, but it was something to explore.


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Adrienne is trying out the 'Double Down' manoeuvre by wearing Eric's jacket on top of hers.


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Here is Eric playing on some thin ice.


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Eric and I at the top of some scarily thin ice.


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The view across the valley.


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Yup, I sure can climb ice (just not well!)

Eric discusses his first ice climb of the season



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Eric and Adrienne crossing the stream to come home.

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