Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Stampede 2019

I go to the Stampede almost every year, but for some reason have never thought to take photos of it at night. So I just discovered how pretty everything is at dusk/ twilight, with the bright lights of the midway contrasting against the deep blue skies.

We went twice this year, and I got fat on overpriced carnie food (cereal milk sugar mini donuts with fruit loop whipped cream, octopi on a stick, caesar popsicles, mini donut popsicles, avocado soft serve in a pineapple bowl, wild boar bacon and elk smokie), won some prizes at Whac-a-mole, and roamed the midway wondering why so many were dressed like they were auditioning for a spot on Canada's Next Top Ho. But whatever, you do you Calgary. #youknowyoureoldwhen...

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The Midway at Sunset.

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Death Cab For Cutie playing the Coke Stage.

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My favourite midway game: Whac-a-mole!

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Whac-a-mole winnings!

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Avocado and Ube ice cream in pineapple bowls.

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Caesar popsicle!

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Dill Pickle Ice Cream!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Trip Report - Mt. Cory

Jas and I tromped up Mt. Cory just west of Banff this past Saturday, for a solid 1427m of elevation gain (#legday)! We killed it on the front side, gaining 800m in just over 1.5hrs, but then struggled up the rugged back side, before bagging the summit at around the 4 hour mark. Thankfully we had the entire mountain essentially to ourselves, so no one was witness to all our f-bombs and whining as we complained about tight quads and sore calves. There's nothing quite like a little mountain serenity interrupted by a constant stream of cussing from two old farts.

For those that actually care about the route details, it was kind of a three part hike/ scramble: the front side is a steep grind up through trees, with a well established trail. The middle portion is a short plateau along a grassy meadow. And then the backside switches to a rugged rocky section with sections of scree, ridges, rockfaces, and slabs to scramble. Makes for an interesting day throughout. I recommend!

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View of iconic Mt. Rundle as we ascended the steep front side.

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It's me! Looking towards Mt. Edith.

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Summit Brews: Bellwoods Wolf Wizard Pale Ale and Waterloo IPA.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Trip Report - Read's Tower

Jas and I set out to bag Read's Tower this past Saturday. We gained the 928m of elevation in under 2 hours, which is a pretty fast pace considering our geriatric bodies. The day started out nice, but the weather turned to rain, snow, and cloud cover as we approached the summit. I like how the photos at the top look like we were shooting an ad for the North Face or some other outdoor gear brand. Jas may yet still have a career as an 'insta-influencer'. Now, if you make it all the way to the end of the photos, I promise you will be rewarded by a shot of an incredibly detailed and life-like snowman that was freshly erected that day.

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Social Media Influencer?

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The clouds, rain, and light snow rolled in as we hit the summit.

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It's me!

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Summit of Read's Tower on the right, Mt. Sparrowhawk on the left.

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Summit Beers: St. Ambroise Pamplemousse IPA, and some random Mikkeler Sour.

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See... I told you there'd be a snowMAN. I had no hand in building this sculpture, but I will admit to giggling immaturely at it.