Choose Your Own Adventure

Growing up, I loved a series of books called Choose Your Own Adventure. If you are between thirty-five- and forty-five-years old right now, you probably read these too when you were in elementary school. Each book had a different theme, but at the end of every few pages you had to make a choice andContinue reading “Choose Your Own Adventure”

The Berg Lake Trail… A Right of Passage for Rookie “Trailers”

It is June 1996 and three young fellas have just written their final high school diploma exam. While most teenagers were about to plop on a couch for the next few days and hang out with friends at the mall before summer jobs were starting, these three were about to embark on an adventure ofContinue reading “The Berg Lake Trail… A Right of Passage for Rookie “Trailers””

Why Trailing Is So Important Right Now…

The term self-isolation make me feel very uncomfortable.  This isn’t because I do not think it is important… but it creates a sense that you do not have control of things in your life and that you need to limit yourself to regain that control.  Now at this time, self-isolation is mandatory for anyone thatContinue reading “Why Trailing Is So Important Right Now…”

The Day We Left Heidi Behind…

In the fall of 2010, my good friend and running partner Carl and I decided to run the Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park with a relatively unknown young lady named Heidi. Normally a three to four day backpacking trip, we felt the 44km route that spends most of its time above treeline would beContinue reading “The Day We Left Heidi Behind…”

Her name is Rio…

I love classic rock. There is nothing else I would rather listen to. Well, maybe anything 80’s or early ’90’s. Actually there is some good old school rap out there as well. And don’t forget the classics of the ’60’s and ’70’s. Come to think about it, today’s music is pretty good too for theContinue reading “Her name is Rio…”

For Miles And Miles… A Community Like No Other

The majority of people that are “trailing” are competitive to a certain degree; of this there is no doubt. However, it has been well documented just how inclusive, supportive and non-competitive activities such as trail running are. Sure, there will always be your elite competitors that make the rest of us, even on our bestContinue reading “For Miles And Miles… A Community Like No Other”

Rocks, Roots, Elevation and Enlightenment…

It is 4:30am on a Thursday morning this past fall and I am about to step out the door into the black, damp abyss that I call my neighbourhood. It has been raining all night and I can see the once beautiful fall leaves now covering the ground before me. What am I doing leavingContinue reading “Rocks, Roots, Elevation and Enlightenment…”

Hills of the Prairies… this is the Blackfoot Ultra

I have been out on course for two hours and fourteen minutes. It is definitely not the fastest that I have ever run this course, but I overall I am pleased with the outcome. I had hoped to run the 25km course in under two hours and fifteen minutes, so I am right on trackContinue reading “Hills of the Prairies… this is the Blackfoot Ultra”