Sunday, December 9, 2018

Trip Report - Wasootch Peak

On a beautiful Sunday, that looked promisingly warm and sunny, we headed out to the mountains for our 15th (and likely final) summit in the Rockies this year. Anita and I thought, "We'll just take it easy today, and hike up Wasootch Peak" for a quick jaunt to get our legs moving again, believing we could gain the 900m of elevation in lightly snow dusted conditions sans problems. How wrong we were. Considering all the mountains we've conquered this year, we did not think that the fact we have basically sat on our asses for 2 months since coming back from Peru would have completely eroded all of our fitness gains. I now have empirical scientific proof that eating chips every night and not doing any exercise for 2 months destroys every ounce of fitness you've built up over the past year.

We huffed and puffed on the final push towards the summit, and I have video of Anita moaning and groaning endlessly about how she would like to quit, with less than 150m of gain left to reach the top. But with a bit of coaxing and coddling, she did eventually tromp her way to the summit to bag this peak. Teamwork!!

The photos may make the day look pleasant, but they do not show the relentless and vicious wind that cut short our stay up top.

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That beautiful winter light.

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View of Mt. Kidd, as seen through the trees on the initial ascent.

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Summit shadow selfie!

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Summit brew: Quidi Vidi Day Boil Session IPA.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Dispatches From The Field: St. John's, Newfoundland

For our final trip of the year, we spent four days out in St. John's, NL, to attend our friends' wedding, as well as to eat and drink to excess (as per standard operating procedure). Having never been out to Newfoundland before, I can now confirm that the wind is brutal, the people are friendly, their accents do not require subtitles/ closed captioning (except when extraordinarily thick), the food is strange (moose meat in a glass bottle? 10lb tubes of bologna?!), and the traditions are even stranger... Example: we were 'screeched in', whereby first time visitors are made honourary Newfoundlanders by drinking a shot of Screech (rum), saying a bunch of gibberish, and then kissing a frozen cod on the lips. Just another regular weekend on the rock.

Enjoy a handful of photos from our all too brief stay. We'll definitely be back.

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Clear and beautiful late afternoon on the way in to Yellow Belly Brewery and Public House.

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45 minutes later, we came out to this garbage snow and wind.

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Flight of Yellow Belly brews.

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Anita at Cape Spear, the eastern most point of North America.

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Sunset at Cape Spear Lighthouse.

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Blackhead Bay.

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Whelk and Copa (pork) on a Labrador Tea Skewer from Raymond's (the #7 rated restaurant in Canada).

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A beer from Dildo Brewing Company. I'se da B'y PA.

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Macaroons at the wedding.

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We drank a shot of this Screech before kissing the frozen cod.

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I drank all of the 'brewed for Newfoundland' crap beers. Like playing Pokemon, gotta catch em all.

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Bottled Moose and Bottled Rabbit. Newfoundland, you so weird.

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Ross Larkin, the winner of last season's Top Chef Canada, and also the Chef de Cuisine at Raymond's.

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Petty Cove.

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Tea at Mallard Cottage (#22 restaurant in Canada).

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$5 for a plate, and then you select as much desserts as you want/ can fit onto the plate.

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Our selections. We ended up packing most of them up for later.

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Port Rexton Chasing Sun IPA. Delicious.

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Jellybean Row Houses in St. John's.

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The view from our hotel room.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

YYC Night Skyline

Oh, Hello Calgary. I almost didn't recognize you, with all the pretty skyline colours and that interesting looking bridge. These shots were taken a few minutes apart, underneath the pedestrian bridge connecting East Village with St. Patrick's Island. It's the bridge that mysteriously cracked this summer, prompting a closure after only being in use for 4 years. It's also the same bridge we run over during our workday runs. Hmmm... perhaps we should rethink our route.

Anyways, the light of the setting sun quickly faded to twilight blue hour, hence the slight shifts in colour in the sky between the 3 photos.

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If one didn't know better, one could be fooled into believing the Bow is a mighty flowing river. Looks can be deceiving.

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For those that are actually interested in the photo-nerdery: these were taken with a 12mm f/2.0 Rokinon lens on a Fuji X-T1 body. No HDR processing, just single 30 second long exposures, with a 'Velvia' VSCO preset adjustment slapped on in Lightroom for some added oomph to the colours.