Shaw Island Camp Out by Ethan Astall

Due to not reading the tide times correctly we rocked up to this beach on dead low tide bobbing at the reef edge picking our brains on how to get our stuff off the boat. A couple of pairs of reef shoes made the job not to bad and we set up camp for the night and looked amongst the rock pools. The stars were absolutely incredible and we even saw a few shooting ones.

In the morning we were greeted with amazing weather, continued drinking and had a swim. From Shaw we headed over to Maher island for a snorkel and look around.

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Day Out On Ricochet by Ethan Astall

Skipper of Ricochet asked us out for the day to take photos of the boat and his jewellery he's started making, out of leather and black pearls. We headed out to Edwards islands, took the tender onto the beach, went for a snorkel, then jumped back on board for lunch and cruised home. 

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Sarrail Ridge by Ethan Astall

Met up with jack again to tackle another hike. Sarrail ridge is the opposite side of the lake to Mt Indefatigable. The trail takes you up to Rawson Lake first which is absolutely amazing. From here the trail wraps around the lake and up to the ridge. The scramble up is a 200m loose dirt and rock section that really isn't a path at all which took us 40 minutes to get up. Once at the top the views of the surrounding lakes and mountains are amazing.

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Mount Indefatigable by Ethan Astall

Closed since 2005 due to high bear activity we tackled it with 6 of us incase something went pear shaped. The trail up is super steep but you gain elevation quickly. When you get to the top you have 360 degree views of upper and lower Kananaskis Lakes and the surrounding mountain ranges. Sadly didn't see any bears which is probably a good thing. 

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Iceline Trail by Ethan Astall

Starting at Takakkaw Falls you can choose to do the iceline loop clockwise or anti clockwise. We chose clockwise (way better in the end). A flat easy trail first leads you to another waterfall after a few kms. From here its about a 2 and half hour slog through the trees via Celeste Lake before you hit the glaciers at the top. There is an option to go higher and follow more of the glaciers above but it adds a considerable amount of kms on top of your day.

Here your greeted with an amazing landscape of glaciers all around you, aqua lakes and a birds eye view of Takakkaw Falls. The path winds its way back down to the bottom of the falls and you honestly feel like your on another planet its so surreal.

20km, 850m elevation, 5 hours 40 Minutes

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Mt Yamnuska Ridge Loop by Ethan Astall

Caught up with an old mate from school and trekked up this amazing mountain. Yamnuska sits right on the edge of the rockies giving you views of mountains and long flat plains with lakes.

 Half hour or so casual uphill to get out of the pines you find yourself at the back of the mountain. Bit of rock climbing gets you up onto a trail straight up the back to the start of the ridge. At the top the drop over the edge is crazy vertical, jack wasn't a fan of us wandering near the edge haha. 

From here we looked behind us at what we thought was the peak so we bailed on the trail and scaled straight up to the top. Once there we found this was a false peak and we had to go back down again to get to the actual peak in the distance haha. We pulled up for some lunch and headed back down. 

The trail back to the car park leads you straight under the ridge and the view is amazing. Couple of deer getting about having a chew aswell. The condition of the trail is absolutely horrible though, thank god we didn't go that way to come up. 

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Mount Lady Macdonald by Ethan Astall

Average conditions of thunder and rain greeted us at the trail head, making us reconsider the hike considering the amount of elevation to the peak and not wanting to be fried by lightening or rained on. 9km slog up the to gain 1.2km in elevation to reach the peak with some amazing views along the way. Even saw some big horn sheep aswell. 

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Cory Pass/Mt Edith by Ethan Astall

Met up with an old friend to shoot the breeze and walk some km's and climb a mountain with cracking views. 18km's takes you up to the base of mount Edith and back through an amazing valley looking up upon Mt Louise. Bit of a scramble and some free climbing to get to the top of Mt Edith but so worth it

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Camping by Ethan Astall

Over two days we drove into British Columbia and camped at this amazing spot next to a river. After driving an endless dirt road off the highway we found a spot to set up.

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Cascade Mountain by Ethan Astall

23km, 8 hours and 1.5km elevation.

From the car park its a couple of kms down to the trail head. From here you follow winding uphill switch backs through the pine forest until you reach the "amphitheatre", this is the canyon which the peak looks into. We pulled up for a feed before heading up the ridge.

Another up hill slog greeted us to the first of 2 false summits which you trek around before you hit the main peak, rock hoping around and navigating via little rock stacks made by other hikers to find our way. The next mission was up to a shaley/ smooth rock section which you navigate diagonally up and around to where you see the first glimpse of the summit. By this time the group had split and had a fair bit of distance between us all with some of us feeling defeated. 

Snow was everywhere in sections up here and it was still continuously steep and uphill, the last section to the peak was loose rock and getting a solid footing wasn't easy and very slow going.

We all made it to the top super stoked of the achievement and celebrated with a feed and some beers. The walk back down was an absolute nightmare. Most physically challenging thing iv ever put myself through, so so unbelievably stoked I can say I did it!! wooo.

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Tent Ridge by Ethan Astall

From the road you smash through a few kms of pine trees before you see the ridge in front of you. This loop track is absolutely incredible filled with awesome terrain and views that are breath taking. We had sunshine until we hit the ridge then got greeted with rain, hail and freezing cold wind. We took shelter behind a bit of a rock face to wait for the rain to pass and have a feed. Charging on through the conditions the sun came out and once again it was an amazing day. You follow the ridge for a couple of kms before heading down and back up to a weather station before heading down the ridge and back to the car.

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The Hole In The Wall by Ethan Astall

This epic hike took place with vague directions and little to no information on how to reach this cave. Inside was a note pad filled with past people who had made it to the cave and signatures on the wall dating back to 1954. Super challenging and up there with one of the best hikes iv ever done in my life. 3.5km up in an hour and a half. Relentless up hill trekking, loose rock and dirt scrambles, free climbing and a lot of falling over. Best day ever. 

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