These are some photos and video of us climbing and hiking in the mountains. This
is both Natalia and Jeanna's first time climbing outdoors and our first time into
the Sheep River area.


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So, Natalia, Jeanna Berg, Eric Lynn, and I took a trip out to Heart Creek to get on some rock
and get the climbing season started. This was both Jeanna and Natalia's first time on real rock.
They both performed admirably. Jeanna is on the left and Natalia is in the front with the red helmet.


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Here is Jeanna at the bottom of her first outdoor climb.


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Eric is a great teacher as he literally shows Jeanna the "ropes". Booo, bad joke!


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Natalia after climbing above a slight overhang.


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She's a fair ways above the ground.


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Getting up to the anchor.

A video of Natalia after she climbed her first rock face:



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Both Jeanna and Natalia learned how to belay as well.


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Natalia working on a 5.8.

A video of Natalia climbing hard:



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We had a nice picnic in the middle of Heart Creek to enjoy the sun. Here's Nati loving her strawberries.


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Here's Jeanna with a carrot in her mouth.


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Eric Lynn loving the sausage.


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I think I'm smoking a pipe here.


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Our climbing expedition enjoying lunch.


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We decided to go check out some slab a little further up from First Rock. The views up to the mountains
were pretty sweet. I like how Eric's head looks like it's coming out from Natalia's jacket.


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Natalia and I with some washed-out mountains behind us.


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Here's Jeanna working on a small overhang above some slab.


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Getting over the overhang.


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Eric has a sweet hammock that he uses for climbing days.


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Here is Natalia enjoying some slab. I disagree with the 5.6 rating this gets by the way as I almost
pooped a little bit leading it.


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Here are Natalia and Jeanna loving the hammock.

Stage 2 of the Climbing Excursion involved a stop at Calaway Park


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Jeanna on the swings.


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This is Natalia's favourite ride.


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Eric and I on the roller coaster.


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Natalia and Jeanna sat in front of us. Here's the back of Natalia's head just about ready to drop
down the big roller coaster.


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I snapped a photo as the roller coaster went through the twisty parts. Nice shot Eric!


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Eric and I made pita pizzas for supper. They turned out awesome!

Hiking in the Sheep River Valley


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We decided to take a short road trip out towards the south of the city and down to the Sheep River
valley. Here are Natalia and Eric enjoying their picnic at Sheep River Falls.


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Natalia and her brother with a view towards K country.


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Me and Natalia with her eyes closed.


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A kayaker on Sheep River Falls.


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If you're going to paddle, this looks like a pretty sweet spot to do it.


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The kayaker in the water.


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Nati and Eric hanging out.


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Natalia and I enjoying the view from the top of the falls.


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We went for a little walk aroung the Bighorn Sheep lookout. This is Natalia's way of dealing with
not packing sunscreen.


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A beautiful lookout into the Sheep River Wilderness Area. This area is so protected for sheep that they've
actually stopped traveling in the summer time and simply stay here. We saw a herd of 30 or so.


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The right side of this seemed almost like Iceland, but the left side of the river valley looks more
like what we're used to seeing.


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Here we are practicing for wedding photos.


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Eric set up his hammock at the lookout and enjoyed the sun. He also enjoyed a little bit of the swass
as he exposed some vulnerabilities...

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