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Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   09-18-2017, 04:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,571
Posted By vern.dewit
If I sounded a little annoyed it's because I...

If I sounded a little annoyed it's because I believed the hype and planned a 38km, 2500m day based on the fact that all the larches were turned, when they clearly weren't! :eek: Still had a great day...
Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   09-18-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,571
Posted By vern.dewit
I really wish folks would quit propagating the...

I really wish folks would quit propagating the myth that a few larches turning yellow at the end of August or early September means the whole turn is "early".

Based on my observations at the...
Forum: Gotta Love Gear   09-08-2017, 02:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,712
Posted By vern.dewit
If you get something like I have, the 499g...

If you get something like I have, the 499g Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultramid 2, you have the option of using the 363g bug mesh when in bug country. Works great. The only thing that remains is creepy,...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   08-24-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 928
Posted By vern.dewit
Nice TR. Definitely agree that this one gets...

Nice TR. Definitely agree that this one gets better with age. I got more excited about the trip after doing it than I felt most of the day while doing it. :)
Forum: Canadian Rockies   08-21-2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 9
  AB Cen Cataract Peak
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Posted By vern.dewit
Strange question - am I not supposed to be...

Strange question - am I not supposed to be wearing a helmet? Or am I supposed to get a different color? These orange helmets are super light and make not carrying one a moot point, increasing safety...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   08-02-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,862
Posted By vern.dewit
Great trip report and photos bud. And I've told...

Great trip report and photos bud. And I've told you many times that I am, indeed, part goat. There's no other explanation as to why I love scree so much... :P
Forum: Canadian Rockies   07-20-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,106
Posted By vern.dewit
Excellent TR Phil.

Excellent TR Phil.
Forum: Canadian Rockies   07-14-2017, 06:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,409
Posted By vern.dewit
Excellent TR Phil! Why no summit photos? Not...

Excellent TR Phil! Why no summit photos? Not willing to share those hardwon views are we? ;)
Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   06-07-2017, 02:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,240
Posted By vern.dewit
If you haven't booked sites already chances are...

If you haven't booked sites already chances are that they're all booked up. I booked several sites along that part of the loop already two months ago and had a tough time getting reservations...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   06-01-2017, 02:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,125
Posted By vern.dewit
Nice TR Phil.

Nice TR Phil.
Forum: Gotta Love Gear   05-26-2017, 03:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,387
Posted By vern.dewit
I've written on this before (many times) and...

I've written on this before (many times) and summarized some ideas on explor8ion (http://www.explor8ion.com/hiking-light.html).

Like others have already stated, your big three weight savings areas...
Forum: The Lodge   05-03-2017, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,155
Posted By vern.dewit
I agree 100% that he was free and lived his...

I agree 100% that he was free and lived his dreams and I admire his character for the most part, but I can tell you for sure, that there are BIG regrets among his hundreds of friends and...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   04-27-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 10
  AB Nor Woolley Creek hike
Views: 2,024
Posted By vern.dewit
That south route looks like fun if you're only...

That south route looks like fun if you're only going up Woolley. And yes the views are pretty good from that shoulder.
...
Forum: Park Closures, Avalanche Advisories, Road Reports   04-25-2017, 02:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,577
Posted By vern.dewit
Thanks for the update. That creek looks fierce!...

Thanks for the update. That creek looks fierce! Of course June would be its highest month but still...
Forum: Canadian Rockies   04-03-2017, 09:47 AM
Replies: 14
  AB Cen Ship's Prow Mt
Views: 2,142
Posted By vern.dewit
Thanks for sharing - looks like a good objective...

Thanks for sharing - looks like a good objective for a day when conditions are so-so.
Forum: Hiking and Backpacking   03-29-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,376
Posted By vern.dewit
Nope. I'm sure you're going to get a lot of this...

Nope. I'm sure you're going to get a lot of this but they're not allowed in most of the places you might want to use them and to be perfectly honest with you, I find them annoyingly loud and...
Forum: Book Reviews   03-20-2017, 09:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,103
Posted By vern.dewit
Some good ideas in this thread - thx for sharing....

Some good ideas in this thread - thx for sharing. I put together some of my thoughts at http://www.explor8ion.com/hiking-light.html a while back and still stand by most of them.

Biggest weight...
Forum: Alberta Hiking   03-17-2017, 10:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,784
Posted By vern.dewit
Humans only care about themselves for the most...

Humans only care about themselves for the most part. There's probably a good evolutionary explanation, but it's why we're in such a nasty situation now that there's 7 billion of us all caring...
Forum: Alberta Hiking   02-16-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,558
Posted By vern.dewit
I have a rule pretty much set in stone for myself...

I have a rule pretty much set in stone for myself to guard against getting too frisky with conditions. I made it years ago with my wife so that she wouldn't worry as much about my winter ski trips....
Forum: British Columbia - Mainland Hiking   01-13-2017, 02:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,980
Posted By vern.dewit
That is indeed true, but doing both of those...

That is indeed true, but doing both of those things on the same day still greatly increases your odds of being injured or killed compared to just doing one of them. ;)
Forum: Canadian Rockies Hiking   01-13-2017, 02:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,426
Posted By vern.dewit
If Whirling disease gets to the Bow River (and...

If Whirling disease gets to the Bow River (and some reports suggest it has) this will greatly impact one of the world's premier fly-fishing destinations. As a former fly-fisherman I can't think of a...
Forum: British Columbia - Mainland Hiking   01-10-2017, 04:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,394
Posted By vern.dewit
Wow. I'm just watching your Wood River video now....

Wow. I'm just watching your Wood River video now. Packrafting is something I'm interested in but I'm not sure I'm quite ready for that level of adventure yet! I'll have to research why a self-bailer...
Forum: British Columbia - Mainland Hiking   01-10-2017, 09:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,394
Posted By vern.dewit
A question - why the Kokopelli over the Alpacka...

A question - why the Kokopelli over the Alpacka raft? I'm just curious if the Kokopelli is worth the extra weight for durability?

Also, how do you avoid sweepers and / or waterfalls on tight...
Forum: British Columbia - Mainland Hiking   01-10-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,980
Posted By vern.dewit
This definitely rings true for myself as well....

This definitely rings true for myself as well. Also what Steven and Dieter said. When I started out I often had Friday's off and it was tough to find partners who could change objectives at the last...
Forum: Alberta Hiking   01-10-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 918
Posted By vern.dewit
According to Paul Zizka (who did it in summer...

According to Paul Zizka (who did it in summer 2016), not terrible. For what that's worth. :)
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