“I’M NOT A HIKER”

There are a couple of things I really love about hiking.

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Sulphur Ridge
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East End Of Rundle
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Cascade Amphitheatre

Firstly – ANYONE can do it.

I’m talking about those 6 year old kids passing me
up the mountain and also those 80 year old athletes
that also pass me up the mountain.

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For me it was so energising and refreshing seeing people also struggling up that mountain with me, no matter what shape, size, age, race, gender or fitness level you are.

Hiking has no restrictions.

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Devil’s Thumb
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Sentinel Pass

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Also – it is so natural, your own will power,
your own energy to make it up that fricken mountain.

To be able to push your body, not give up, and to be rewarded with an amazing view is the exact reason I fell in love.

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Over the summer of 2017, I was so happy to apply and get a job in a backcountry hiking lodge in Banff National Park.

Yes, we had to also hike to get to the lodge and so did our guests. It was such an amazing experience to be surrounded by the mountains and be off the grid from reality majority of the time.

Our shifts would vary but it worked out to be mostly 4 nights in the lodge and 4 nights in Banff town, where we had staff accommodation.

SHADOW LAKE (where I worked) AT IT’S FINEST HOUR//

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My life for those 4 months literally consisted of hiking to the lodge, working split shifts with a 4 hour hiking break in between each day, then hiking out and spending the next few days off hiking around the area of Banff National Park.

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EEOR
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Sarrail Ridge
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Mount Edith

I loved every minute of it. Although the struggle was real some days,
I couldn’t resist when there was so much to see in such a short period of time. Even with all that I saw, I barely scraped the surface of the beauty around this area.

With all that said,
I managed to rack up a gallery of (no joke)
8,000 photos just on my iPhone.

So I’m here to share just a taste of
what I experienced this summer.

BEWARE – MUCH PHOTO – MANY WOW


Please feel free to message and ask
about some of the hikes that I did,
or about lodge life.
I would love to re-live my summer by sharing stories.
Thanks for reading!

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