My Favourite Hiking & Scrambling Websites:
Bob Spirko – A preeminent resource, Bob & Dinah have summited peaks all over Canada and the US – and they’re great people too!
Sonny Bou – Another fantastic site (and person!) with hundreds of informative trip reports.
explor8ion – An incredible website for trip reports and photography. Vern is amazingly talented!
Andrew Nugara – A fantastic human being and author of More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, A Beginner’s Guide to Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies, and Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies. Go out and buy a copy of the latest edition… in fact, here’s the link to Indigo Books. Do it, do it now!
Hiking with Par – A fantastic resource for hikers and scramblers – and for families looking to introduce their kids to the backcountry! Par is an accomplished hiker and his trip reports provide a wealth of information. I highly recommend following his adventures.
Bivouac – You have to pay to belong, but there are hundreds of trip reports by the late Rick Collier. These essays are masterfully written and provide information on many obscure destinations.
Alpine Club of Canada Southern Alberta Chapter – A great group of friendly people! If you want to learn how to do anything related to mountaineering, this is the group to join.
Clay Geddert – A talented young mountaineer and writer based out of Lethbridge.
Matthew Clay – Matthew and his wife, Sandra, have compiled an excellent resource of trip reports and photography. Definitely worth visiting and following!
Chinook Outdoor Club – An uber-friendly group of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts! Formed in 1971, the depth of experience and knowledge related to hiking in southern Alberta and Montana is simply incredible. If that’s not reason enough to join, they also run trips throughout the year and bring in presenters such as park wardens, archeologists, and glaciologists.
Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives on Mountains:
Never Enough Nature in Wider Horizons magazine (Spring 2022). It was a huge honour to be the guest editor of this issue focussing on the research of Dr. Niina Piiksi (Mike Bruised Head) and the reclamation of Siksikaitsitapi names for mountains and areas in southwestern Alberta. The hiking community has a significant role to play in Truth and Reconciliation and using the original names is a major part of this.
My Favourite Fishing Websites:
Jensen Fly Fishing – Dave & Amelia are passionate fly fishers who possess incredible skill and a wealth of information. They are also excellent photographers and artists.
My Favourite Weather Forecasting Sites:
Spotwx – The best and most comprehensive site that I’ve discovered!
Mountain-Forecast – Not as good as Spotwx, but still very reliable.
University of Alberta Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative – How awesome is it to combine your passion for mountains with your passion for academics?
North American Society for Sport History – The purpose of NASSH is to promote, stimulate, and encourage the study, research and writing of the history of sport; to support and cooperate with local, national, and international organizations having similar purposes. The Society runs its activities solely for scholarly and literary purposes, not for pecuniary profit.
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