Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. "The more things change, the more they stay the same." This struck me as I read the first page of the travel journal I kept when I backpacked through five countries in Western Europe in 2010 with my friend Kelsey. I can hardly believe it was that long ago.
Tent Ridge is one of those places where you feel on top of the world. This beautiful hike is in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. It has unobstructed views for most of the way, and once you're on the ridge you feel face to face with the surrounding mountain peaks.
Lately my adventures have included Alpine Club of Canada backcountry huts. The first one I stayed at was Bow Hut and now I'm hooked. Sleeping above treeline steps from a glacier and not having to hike a tent in? Yes, please!
I assumed I'd be impressed by the multitude of opportunities for outdoor adventure in Costa Rica, and that I'd love the gorgeous, diverse landscape and ecology. What I hadn't realized was how authentically hospitable nearly everyone we met would be, and what an impression they'd leave on us.
After hiking over 50 trails in the Canadian Rockies, the trails at Lake O'Hara in BC's Yoho National Park rank in my top three day hikes anywhere. This protected mountain paradise is full of alpine hiking routes (above tree line), lakes and golden larch trees. It was as magical as I'd imagined.