Here's a bunch of outdoor photos from playing with the boys in January 2021.


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The boys wanted to play in Crazy Carl's backyard with all of the snow back there. We set up a
fort and the boys started to slide down it and dig in it too.


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I made a big enough 'fort' for them that they could both fit in it at the same time.


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Not sure why Henry wanted this photo taken, but he wanted to see what the whites of his eyes looked like.


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We dug another fort in our backyard and I made four entrances into it so the boys could go into
it from four different directions and meet in the middle.


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The good folks at Big Hill Cycle rented me this awesome fat bike for a zip around.


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Walter and Daddy at Nakiska for a ski. This is on the magic carpet.


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This is Walter's first trip on an actual chair lift, the Bronze chair at Nakiska. Walter was
thrilled to be riding a big chair!

Walter showing off his new trick - stopping!



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Our friend Kristen showing her little guy Brandt how to ski.

Brandt trying out skiing on the magic carpet



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Kristen and Brandt at the magic carpet at Nakiska. Look at the smile on Brandt! He's having a blast!


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I got to go for a zip on the fat bike at night and try out my new UT800 headlight too.


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The boys continue to love building forts with the sticks and balls sets.


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Here's Walter at the Bow Ridge hill showing me how happy he is to be sledding. Pretty much any day
that I ask the boys what outdoor activity they want to do: skating, sledding, or skiing, they're most
happy to go sledding.

Henry pushing Walter around on skates



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The boys enjoyed skating at the Water Valley rink.


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Walter is figuring out his skates for sure.


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Haircut day at our house is always fun. Mommy has been their 'stylist' since COVID started
and I'd argue that the boys have never looked better.


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Post haircut results.


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Bike commuting with Walter is a bit of a challenge with a Chariot and snow. Since this area isn't
officially a biking trail nor is it paved, it's not plowed.


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Pork chops and pineapple salsa! Yummy dinner!


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Walter going up the magic carpet for another Family Friday ski afternoon.

Walter skiing the Bronze Chair



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Walter and Daddy on the Bronze Chair at Nakiska.


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Walter was so interested in the 'snow rocket' that he had to take a closer look.


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I built Walter a three-level fort that he was quite pleased with. He asked me to put his 'throne'
into his fort. When I asked him what country he was the king of, he said "Walter Country Daddy!".


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Now covered with quilts properly.


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We went for a snowshoe with our friends out in Bragg Creek. Henry actually quite liked it and
didn't really complain at all about the steepness of the hills.


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The boys chasing their way up the hill.


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Walter tried snowshoes too, but mostly he spent time in the Chariot as I pulled him up instead.


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The boys inside the Chariot.


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Walter and Grayson in the Chariot as Daddy gets his exercise zipping them around.


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The boys on snowshoes


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The trudge up pulling the boys in Chariots.

Jim and I go touring


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Here are Jim's new sticks - some monsters! This was Jim's first backcountry skiing day.


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I'm not sure why I think this photo is so funny, but I think it's the look on Jim's face. He's actually
trying to get out of the wind, but he looks hilarious. This is looking up to the Robertson glacier.


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A look up to the Smut-Bird traverse. It was pretty windy in the alpine but there was a group going up and
over the pass into Banff NP on this day.


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Interesting look at Mt Birdwood heading up the Burstall Pass area.


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Jim enjoying the uptrack coming up the Burstall valley.


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With the amount of wind flying around above treeline, we elected to stay lower down and ski the
trees instead.

Jim says 'We're going skiing!'


Jim skiing powder



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Jim had some adjusting to do from skiing resort and wound up in a bit of a tree well. Note, however,
how big his smile still is though! It was a fun day out.


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On the skin track with Jim.


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A better look at the Bird-Smut traverse up high.


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One of the things about backcountry skiing is that the skiing is easy. The climbing and uptracking is
more challenging, the screwing around with gear can be tough. But simply trying to climb up an icy
skin track without skins on can be rough, and Jim found this out first hand on the exit trail home.

Stats from the day are here: Garmin connect

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