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Berg Lake Trail — Snowshoe Edition
We’ll call this what it is, an obsession with the area around Yexyexéscen. The Berg Lake Trail in the Mount Robson Provincial Park is as difficult as it is beautiful, in ideal conditions.
After a shortened trip with one night of camping at Kinney Lake due to a poor footwear choice, two weeks later I’ve added a couple pieces and head off in nearly identical conditions with hopes of camping at Whitehorn Campground for one night, and another up at Berg Lake Campground. With snowshoes strapped to my bag, I’m off chasing more process.
The Full Yexyexéscen — A Love Story
I’ve ran long in the mountains before, and I’ve ran long in the city before. But there is something special about my first experience with the “striped mountain” or “ring road mountain” — Yexyexéscen.
The perfect 58km out and back doesn’t pan out as I lose the trail heading up the Snowbird Pass Route, miss hydration, and perhaps ask too much from an ill-prepared body with two 40km+ runs in six days. Needless to say, it’s still the perfect day running in the mountains, exploring lands with a history that far pre-dates the colonial history I was never taught. My curiosity peaked.
Team Bromka — A Marathon Story
While documenting his race weekend at the 2019 California International Marathon, I witness Team Bromka. How a 38 year old father manages to run 100 mile weeks necessary to shoot for such a lofty marathon goal. It is not pretty. It is not fancy. It is a story about juggling commitments and doing the work necessary. Enjoy the Story!
Jasper Skyline Trail — A Run Story
The Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park is 44.1km long with 1410 m gain, 1928 m loss reaching 2510 m at it’s highest point. It is typically a 2 or 3 day hike with various back country camping sites along the way. This isn’t my first running adventure, but my most adventurous to date.
Equipped with small run packs carrying food/water/safety gear, a Canon 5D MKIV w/24mm f/1.4 lense, and a pair of Altra Impluses, I want to document our day, the Skyline Trail, and have fun in the back country in what turns out to be perfect conditions. Enjoy the photos!
Shawn Lywood’s Revenge — A 50K Story
Shawn Lywood has some unfinished business up on the side of Rundle Mountain at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Last year he went out hot, paid dearly, and has come back with a game plan. I am documenting, and I do not have a game plan. This will be fun.
I’ve got my run gear, run pack, and the big lense strapped to my body. I am putting in some miles chasing Shawn and friends around this four loop course on an increasingly hot day. Spoiler alert, Shawn crushes.
Brooks PureFlow 7 — Obituary
I have a fascination with physical objects, the politics of them, and our relationship with them. Particularly objects that involve travel. My bicycles of past forever hold places in my heart, and I feel shoes do as well. Perhaps not every pair, but certainly this pair.
A workhorse clocking 873.8 hard earned KMs taking me all over the US and Canada. From late night solo workouts, to 50 milers around town, to the all important single shoe you can run in and spend an afternoon on your feet in when absolutely needing that luggage space. Saying goodby to my PureFlow 7’s.