Confessions of a Hiker – Inconsistently Consistent

Whether we want to admit it, we all have baggage and struggles. In a recent email, Shroomer (Scott Williams) included a few words of wisdom that resonated with me.

The more I get out, the more miles I put in, the more energy I have for everything else in my life. When I can fill my week with miles, all the rest is wonderful.


I’ve always been an all or nothing kind of gal, struggling to find balance even when fully aware of the consequences.

While it’s easy to rationalize and make excuses for these inconsistencies, the bottom line is I consciously make choices which sabotage my efforts. It takes discipline to prioritize the things that matter. Since hiking matters to me, and this blog is about hiking, I’ve focused on my personal successes, challenges, and failures in this area. Maybe you’ll find similarities, or maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who consistently maintains their fitness level . . . but struggles with inconsistency in other areas of your life.

I’m most successful with consistency when:

  • I have a deadline

Example: Epic backpacking trip of X miles scheduled in X months

  • The consequence is dire

Example: Must be able to hike X miles per day at X elevation gained/lost

  • I’m accountable

Example: I’ve posted hikes to a meetup group or I have a regularly scheduled date with friends

  • Peer Pressure

Example: I want to be compatible when hiking and backpacking with friends

I’m less successful with consistency when:

  • Life interrupts
  • I’m sick, injured or exhausted
  • I’m traveling
  • Conditions aren’t ideal

Once I’ve broken the chain of consistency, it is a challenge to get back on track.

My challenges tend to be:

  • Losing fitness level and/or gaining weight means more work and less fun
  • Reestablishing the habit takes discipline and commitment
  • Moving hiking to the top of the list means moving something else down or off the list

WHY are we inconsistently consistent?brokenChain3

It doesn’t make sense, when our brain knows otherwise. With consistency, the rewards and happiness factor skyrockets through the roof. With inconsistency, the heart sinks.

What can we do to improve consistency?broken chain

  • Allow imperfection

It’s okay to take a couple days off, just don’t let a couple days become a week, then a month.

  • Maintain accountability

Have hiking dates with friends and have your next trips scheduled. Meetup has been my Field of Dreams (I even wrote an article about my experience).

  • Plan for the inevitable 

For me, that means if I’m sick, take a couple days off then start walking. When I’m traveling, take breaks to walk or hike, plan travel accordingly. When I’m staying with friends or in an unfamiliar area, make fitness a priority. If I don’t want to be outside in inclement weather,  plan for an inside workout.

  • Reach out

It’s good for us to be humble, to ask others for help getting back on track. Use your friend and family network, use social media . . . Sometimes it’s hard to find our own motivation.

  • Consider cross training

Change is good! If you’re feeling burned out or lacking motivation or the weather doesn’t inspire, find something that keeps you moving. Besides hiking, I walk, cycle, snowshoe and workout at the gym. Classes can be especially helpful during the winter months.

  • Post photos of personal achievements
  • Memorialize Shroomer’s quote 

The more I get out, the more miles I put in, the more energy I have for everything else in my life. When I can fill my week with miles, all the rest is wonderful.

What are your tips and tricks?

Here are some thoughts by others that may provide a few tools to help us find long-term success:

True Confessions

Shroomer’s personal comment hit a nerve. I’d been wrestling with trying to get back on track. I was in search of that magic link in the chain that had broken. I had a fantastic year of hiking and adventure, but the brakes came on unexpectedly toward the end of August when wildfire smoke threw out the cease and desist order (I have asthma). In early September I spent a couple of weeks with a friend who doesn’t hike, followed by another week with family. Thankfully by the time I returned home, I was ready to get back on track. The wilderness was calling my name. I had two fantastic weeks exploring the Trinity Alps . . . and then the chain snapped. I got injured!

The pain was too severe to walk let alone hike. I was down and out. Depression quickly set in. The pounds accumulated. The sizes grew.

I reached out to friends and was offered a change of scenery. That was exactly what I needed. A new place to explore and to test out baby steps that turned into short walks and eventually longer walks. Then it snowed, and I had a new goal. I love snowshoeing and fresh snow and while my body is not healed sufficiently yet, it will be soon and I need to be ready physically. I prioritized hiking and dieting. I’ve reconnected with my meetup group, creating accountability.

I’ve worked hard over the years to eliminate the “all or nothing” cycle I seem to own as part of my genetic make up. It’s easy for me to rationalize defeat when I get off track, but am thankful for the fight I also own to get back on the horse. I’m sure this won’t be the last time I fight the consistency monster; however, it’s reassuring to know I’m not alone in being inconsistently consistent, afterall I share it with Shroomer!


Link to more of my posts focused on Hiking and Backpacking Skills

Backpacking Gear List – Hydration Jabber

My BASE WEIGHT is about 14 pounds, with my HYDRATION gear representing 5% of the weight at .7 pounds.

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Water is one of those necessary evils of backpacking. We can’t hike without it, but dang it weights a lot. In fact one liter of water weighs 2.2 pounds, a serious addition to your pack weight. If only dehydrated water was an option :)

There are two primary considerations when it comes to hydration: Vessel & Treatment


There are four primary categories of vessels in which to transport your liquids. Many hikers will carry more than one type. You’ll need to consider capacity and function when making this decision.

  • Hydration Bladder – Very popular, but they come with some challenges.
    • Placement in pack – Most packs include a compartment along your spine for this purpose. The challenge is knowing when the bladder needs to be refilled and how to refill without unpacking your bag (reference Sawyer Fast Fill Adapter). Tip: When I carried a bladder, I placed it on top of my pack liner with my down jacket covering it to keep it cool, and opening/hose insert face down for improved flow. 
    • Potential Leaks – Plan for the inevitable by placing all your gear in a pack liner except the bladder.
  • Bottles – Nalgene bottles are probably the most popular, followed closely by Gatorade and SmartWater bottles.

I typically carry a 700ml SmartWater bottle. I use it for my flavored beverages and for gulping or glugging water (otherwise I drink from a hose).

  • Collapsible Bags – These have become extremely popular over the past few years as a lighter more compact way to store water and are especially helpful when additional vessels are needed for long dry stretches.

I’ve tried several brands and found I prefer Evernew. The 1500ml (or 1.5L) capacity works best for me as I use the bag in conjunction with the Sawyer Squeeze filter and have a harder time squeezing larger bags.

Water Treatment:

There are five primary categories of water treatment. With plenty of opinions and choices, your choice may be somewhat dependent upon your water source and somewhat upon your concerns about water-borne illnesses such as Giardia, E. coli  and Cryptosporidium.

  • Filter – The most popular types of filtered treatment are pump and hollow-fiber membrane. You will want to compare the specs on filters to ensure you are receiving the protection expected. In my opinion, Sawyer is at the forefront and in my opinion their specs should be used as a measurement standard.
    • Pump Filters – This method was the first in modern treatment. It is labor intensive, but one of the benefits is that it can be used in very small pools of water, where filling containers for other treatment may be a problem. While pumps tend to need more cleaning and maintenance than other options, the positive is that they can be taken apart easily for infield repair and maintenance. They are also heavier and more bulky than the other options.
    • Hollow-Fill Membrane Filters – This type of filter has become very popular over the past few years, primarily because of weight, size, reliability, flexibility and ease of use. Initially the cost was about the same as pumps, but cost is continuing to decrease. In fact, the Sawyer Mini is a mere 2 oz, 0.1 micron filter that fits in the palm for your hand, with a 100,000 gallon guarantee,  for less than $25. The flexibility of hollow-fiber technology is that these filters can be used several ways:
      • Squeeze Method – Sawyer invented this technology and it has revolutionized filtering. A “dirty bag” is filled with water from the source, then connected to the filter and squeezed into your clean vessel. You can use the Sawyer PointOne or Mini for this purpose. I’ve tried both Sawyer filters and found I prefer the efficiency of the PointOne, even though it’s slightly larger and more weighty.
      • Gravity Method – I believe MSR or Platypus were the first to create this method. A “dirty bag” is filled with  water from the source. The dirty bag is hung from a tree or elevated on a rock or log, the filter is attached between two sections of hose and your clean vessel is quickly filled with no effort on your behalf. You can also use the Sawyer filters as a gravity option (tip: loosen the connection coming out of the bag to stop the flow).
        • In-Line Method – With this method, your hydration reservoir becomes the “dirty bag.” It is filled with water from the dirty source, the filter is spliced in your drinking hose. I use this method as I find it a very efficient way to filter on demand. The flow through the hose may not be quite as efficient as without the filter. Most filter manufacturers sell an adapter kit, if not, it is fairly simple to create your own, and with the new Sawyer Mini, an adapter is no longer needed. I use the in-line method as I don’t like to take time to filter. I’d rather filter on the go.
  • Chemical – Many hikers choose this method due to cost, weight and simplicity; however, there are trade-offs. If you are interested in this option, I encourage you to do some research, especially regarding time to treat, process to treat, and what waterborne illnesses you may not be treating. The main categories of chemical treatment are:
  • Ultraviolet – SteriPen is the only brand I’m aware of offering an ultraviolet solution. There are several models and just like chemical treatment, there are similar issues to be researched.
  • Boiling – This is really not an option for backpackers unless you plan to always have a campfire. The amount of fuel required to boil water for sufficient time offsets the benefits of not carrying a filter. CDC Guidelines
  • No Treatment –  There are plenty of hikers who have not gotten sick from drinking untreated water.  Decide for yourself if the risk is worth it.

Other Considerations:

  • Scoop – sometime it’s challenging to fill your vessel directly from the water source. I’ve created three light-weight scoops that all worked.
    • Capri Sun flask (top cut off)
    • SmartWater bottle (top 3/4 removed)
    • Platypus .5L bottle (bottom cut off)
  • Pre Filter – There will be times you’ll want to remove debris prior to filtering. I’ve used the following systems:
  • Field Cleaning of Filter – Sawyer provides a syringe to backflush the PointOne and Mini filters. A more efficient option is to use the blue fliptop from a SmartWater bottle.  Tip: Remember to use clean water in a clean vessel. Be aware of pressure applied).
  • Inline Option – I’ve created a system using the collapsible bottles. See below.
    • Flexible Silicone Tubing – When making your own drinking tube (1/4″ inside dimension ID, 3/8″ outside dimension OD, 1/16″ wall)
    • Insulated Hose Cover –  helps keep water cool when hiking in hot temperatures and from freezing in cold temperatures
    • Bite Valve – it’s a good idea to keep an extra in your emergency kit
    • Sawyer Adapter – attaches to both sides of the PointOne Filter. If using the Mini, no adapter is needed.
    • Jan’s Adapter – Drill a hole in the middle of a soda bottle lid. Insert a 1/4″ dual barbed connector with superglue.

Lightening My Load

YES, I know there are ways I can lighten my base weight. I could forego treatment, or replace my filter with Aquamira, and eliminate my scoop and inline accessories, but I like these items so for now I’ll carry the weight.


Grams = Ounces, Ounces = Pounds, Pounds = Pain

Choose your pain wisely!

Backpacking Gear List – Electronics Jabber

My BASE WEIGHT is about 14 pounds, with my ELECTRONICS representing 20% of the weight at 2.8 pounds.

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Electronics are probably one of the most controversial gear-related topics. You’ll find lovers, haters and a full spectrum in between.

With these devices representing a whopping 2-3 pounds of my base weight, I’ve obviously decided they are an important part of my backpacking and hiking gear. Without these devices, I would be less likely to explore, especially solo, as I do not have a good internal compass and am not as proficient as I should be with map and compass navigation.


This is my all-purpose utility device. I keep it on airplane mode and use it for:

  • GPS
    • Halfmile and Guthook Apps (I use when hiking on the PCT)
    • Trimble Outdoor Navigator App (I use for navigation and tracking)
  • Resources
    • Maps (saved as PDF or as off-line document)
    • Information & Guidebooks (scanned, photographed or saved to Pocket App)
    • Fun/helpful apps (compass, identification of scat and tracks, wildflowers, constellations, peaks)
  • Entertainment
    • Music
    • Audio and E-Books
    • Camera
  • Connections
    • Instagram/Facebook Updates
    • Texting/Phone

Tips: Go prepared for phone failure. Mine has malfunctioned, I’ve broken the screen, and one time I even lost (and found) my phone on trail. Know how your apps work and practice, practice, practice. Learn the best way to conserve battery life. 


Photography plays a huge role in my hike (as evidenced by my blog). It is not unusual for me to take a few hundred photos per day. Not only do I prefer the quality of photos taken on my camera, the battery life and storage capacity is much better on my camera versus my phone. When selecting a camera, besides functionality, the other things I consider are:

  • Battery – I prefer the lithium-ion battery packs as they can be recharged in the camera (vs AA or AAA)
  • Recharge Port – Since I have an android phone, I’m able to bring just one USB/micro cord to charge all my devices


  • The GGS DC LCD Screen Protector is a great solution for preventing scratches on non-touch screens. These are not like the cheap protectors. They are a harder plastic that doesn’t scratch, tear, peel, and is easy to clean without any degradation in visual quality. I’ve used them on my last 3 cameras and never allow myself to use my camera until one has been installed.
  • Consider WiFi memory cards (i.e. ezSh@re) if you want the convenience of transferring photos from your camera to phone for upload to your blog, instagram or facebook (without internet access).
  • If your photos are as important to you as they are to me, you may want to bring along a second battery (in case the primary battery fails), and a second memory card (in case your primary memory card fills or fails). I call this insurance!

Emergency Device

There are basically two types of devices.

  • Personal Locator Beacons (PLB)
  • Satellite Messengers (i.e. SPOT and InReach)

I purchased the InReach SE in summer 2014. I can’t say enough good things about this device. It has given me freedom and security. What do I like about this device?

  • I can send out customized “I’m okay” messages via email, texting and to my map
  • All my messages have my location embedded
  • I know whether the message was sent or not
  • My family and friend network can text me and I can reply (and visa versa)
  • I can use it for non-emergencies (i.e. coordinating transportation or to say I’m going to be late)
  • When SOS is activated, dispatch can text me for more information (i.e. type of emergency) and I can reply
  • The plan cost is reasonable and flexible (InReach Subscription Plans)
  • The battery is extremely long lasting when the device is turned off when not in use
  • It has a micro plug for recharging which allows me to carry one USB/micro cord for all my devices
  • You can receive weather reports based on current location
  • Although I don’t use this feature, it connects via bluetooth to my phone for easier texting and use of DeLorme maps

Tip: If you want to carry a standalone GPS you might want to consider the InReach Explorer which combines GPS and SOS devices.


Standalone GPS units tend to have many more features than phone apps, but can also be more complicated to use. The two most popular brands for outdoor activities are DeLorme and Garmin. There are lots of reviews and options; I don’t love mine so can’t share any recommendations.  Carrying a unit you don’t know how to use or a dead one, is just worthless weight. On the other hand, they can be lifesaving, very helpful on finding trails, staying on trails, going cross country off-trail, etc.


While I use my phone for my music, audio and e-books, you may prefer an electronic reader and music player. Just like everything else in backpacking it’s a personal decision.

Recharge Solutions

There are three options:

  • Device Batteries – You could bring extra batteries for each device
  • External Battery – This is the most common solution and there is a huge variety to choose from based on size, weight, capacity and price. The two most popular brands are New Trent and Anker.
  • Solar Panel – While these are not a perfect solution, they can be a good option. I’ve been using the Suntactics5 model since 2013 with satisfactory results. Considerations:
    • Works best if exposed to the direct sun (i.e. breaks)
    • When attached to pack, the device being charged needs to accept trickle charge otherwise you’ll lose the benefit as the device turns on and off when traveling under tree cover or through shaded areas. Most external batteries accept trickle charge.
    • If hiking in shaded areas (i.e. canyons) or in cloudy areas, it’s probably not worth the weight.
    • I drilled holes in the four corners and inserted Nite Ize S-Biners to attach to my pack.

Additional Tips

  • Carrying electronics on hiking or backpacking trips most likely will result in accidental damage to your device. I consider myself careful and I take extra precautions to protect my devices, but yet I’ve still had more than my share of electronic accidents. I dropped my camera in a creek, cracked the screen of my camera when I sat on it, scratched the screen of my phone on granite, scratched my camera lens . . . . So now I buy SquareTrade Electronics Accident Protection Plan for my phones, cameras, GPS units, etc.
  • Go prepared to protect your electronics in inclement weather, during freezing temperatures, in extreme heat, down scree fields, through water crossings, etc.
  • The weight and purpose need to be considered when packing electronics. If not careful, soon your devices plus batteries will add pounds to your pack.

Lightening My Load

YES, I know there are ways I can lighten my base weight. I could eliminate either the external battery or the solar charger which would save 9 ounces. I could also eliminate my camera which would save another 10 ounces. BUT I love having my camera and want the insurance of having both my solar panel and external battery, so for now I’ll carry the weight.


Grams = Ounces, Ounces = Pounds, Pounds = Pain

Choose your pain wisely!

Backpacking Gear List – Shelter Jabber

My BASE WEIGHT is about 14 pounds, with my SHELTER representing 17% of the weight at 2.5 pounds.

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To shelter or not?

If you prefer “Cowboy Camping” or sleeping under the stars,  you can enjoy a few less pounds of weight in your bag and a lot fewer decisions, that is unless a thunderstorm comes along . . .

Types of shelter:

  • Tent
  • Tarp
  • Hammock
  • Bivy

Tent decisions:

(1) RATING:  3-season tents are most common, with 4-season reserved for those doing winter camping. You definitely want waterproof vs water resistant.

(2) SIZE:   Interior dimensions are usually a much better indicator of size than the generic “one or two person” label. I recommend you pay special attention to floor or footprint dimensions, as well as height dimensions, especially if you are tall, large or claustrophobic. Tip: Tape out the dimensions on your floor then lay down with your mattress and gear to get a better idea of size.

(3) SET UP:  I prefer free-standing tents as they can be set up anywhere, can be relocated easily, and are usually quicker and easier to set up than stake-dependent shelters, which tend to weigh less and pack smaller but can be problematic in rocky and hard soil areas.  Tip: If you’ll be hiking in inclement weather, consider tents that allow for dry set-up.

(4) ENTRY:  Side or front entry is really a personal preference. For me this is one of those “line in the sand” decisions. It’s side entry or nothing!  The reason for this preference is ease of getting in and out of the tent. Front entry requires crawling, while side entry allows for swinging your legs out of your sleeping bag and into your shoes, as well as plopping your fanny on the bag (and pad) upon return to remove your shoes, and with a quick swing of the legs your back in your bag. A wonderful luxury especially for those middle-of-the-night escapades.

(5) CONSTRUCTION:  My preference is double-wall (aka rain fly) construction; however, the weight and packed size of single-wall construction make it a more difficult decision. The negatives of single wall can be condensation problems, resolved primarily by lots ventilation which can result in drafts, chillier sleeping, plenty of dust or sand during storms, and needing to avoid the sides of single-wall silnylon tents to avoid water penetration. Single-wall tents are usually only sold by cottage manufacturers. Tip: Look for taller bathtub walls to minimize drafts and rain splash.

(6) WEIGHT & PACKED SIZE: Several factors affect weight, most significant are size, fabric, construction and frame. Packed size is based on similar parameters. The most common waterproof, lightweight fabric today is silnylon (silicone coated nylon). Cuban fiber is lighter, but is also significantly more expensive. Denier nylon, taffeta and polyester are the mainstay of medium weight backpacking tents. Single-wall silnylon will have sealed seams (many times done by user), while cuban fiber and double wall have taped seams.

(7) STORM PERFORMANCE:  I can’t emphasize enough my recommendation to read reviews about the performance during a storm. Wind, rain, hail, thunder and lightening WILL happen in the mountains. Go prepared!

Ground Cloth Decisions:

(1) You can save weight and space by going without one. Most tents have fairly tough floors, but you’ll need to be more careful about site selection.

(2) Most big name manufacturers will sell matching footprints. These tend to be expensive, and weigh a bit more than other options but they may allow for a dry-tent setup and/or an option to forgo the tent body and use the fly and footprint for shelter.

(3) Tyvek is an extremely durable choice and many times can be picked up for free from a construction site, can be purchased at your local home improvement store, and from many of the ultra-light tent manufacturers. Tip: To soften the Tyvek, wash and dry in your home washer and dryer.

(4) Polycro is the lightest, most compact option and it’s surprisingly durable. It’s also quite inexpensive.

MY tent experiences:

My first backpacking tent was bombproof, but at 5lbs it was not a feasible long-term solution. I replaced it with a Tarptent Rainbow. The reasons I selected this tent were weight, size, and it’s free-standing option. I used this tent for about five years but never grew to love it. The drafty ventilation at shoulder height was my biggest complaint. I also wasted time futzing with the guy lines trying to get perfect corners. I don’t think it’s a good option for perfectionists.

MY wish list for a PERFECT tent:

  1.   Side entry, both sides
  2.   Double wall construction
  3.   Freestanding design
  4.  Tall bathtub sidewalls, all sides
  5.   360 mesh top two-thirds of tent
  6.   Less than 2 pounds
  7.   Compact packed size
  8.   Reasonable price

The Copper Spur UL1 is MY compromise tent:

  1.   Side entry, both sides
    • NO, but it has one side, good enough for me!
  2.   Double wall construction
    • YES, it’s cozy and secure
  3.   Freestanding design
    • YES, I love being able to move the tent after it’s been erected
  4.  Tall bathtub sidewalls, all sides
    • YES, I feel secure in rain and wind storms
  5.   360 mesh top two-thirds of tent
    • YES, am really loving the open-sky views and above-body ventilation
  6.   Less than 2 pounds
    • NO, but at 2.25 pounds (4 ounces more than my previous tent), I’m not too unhappy
  7.   Compact packed size
    • YES, but it could be better (the poles are bulky)
  8.   Reasonable price
    • NO, but it’s all about compromise

Other Compromises:

  • Size
    • It’s slightly smaller than my previous tent both in height and width
  • Color
    • I’d prefer a more stealth color
  • Rain Set Up
    • My previous tent was definitely easier to set up in the rain while keeping the inside dry


For me, most gear needs a bit of tweaking to make it mine. For example with the Tarptent Rainbow, I revised the top bar construction so the tent body could easily be wadded into my pack pocket. The changes I’ve made to the Big Agnes Copper Spur are:

  • Replaced zipper pulls
  • Replaced guy lines and tensioners
  • Replaced stakes

Lightening My Load

YES, I know there are ways I can lighten my base weight. Beyond replacing my tent, I could eliminate the ground cloth which would save 1.4 ounces. BUT I like having a separate ground cloth, so for now I’ll carry the weight.


Grams = Ounces, Ounces = Pounds, Pounds = Pain

Choose your pain wisely!

Jasper NP – Athabasca Glacier (08/15)

Paralleling the Icefields Parkway is the Athabasca River which boasts this nice waterfall. It was another smoky day, so I decided to embrace it and play tourist rather than hiker.

One of the highlights along Icefields Parkway is Athabasca Glacier, across the highway from Icefield Centre. With an extremely large moraine (deposits of earth and stone left behind as glaciers advance and recede), it’s quite educational, especially with the provided year markers. I was disappointed with the information provided at the Icefield Centre. Their free silent movie focused on the beauty of the area in lieu of education.

Walking on the glacier is limited to paid tour groups.

I like the areas where you can see the exposed glacial ice.

Jan’s Tips:

  • Due to lingering wildfire smoke and recent bear activity, I was unable to explore extended trails, however, access to Athabasca Glacier and Waterfall are via short, well-traveled paths.
  • In the Canadian Rockies, grizzly activity closes trails or requires groups of four to travel together. Therefore, it’s always good to go prepared with a Plan B; better yet, also with Plan C and D. Bear and Trail status links.
  • If you’re like me and prefer photos minus strangers, and quiet trails with more opportunity to see wildlife, especially during peak tourist season, GO EARLY.
  • Helpful links:
  • A Parks Canada Pass is required.
  • Link to my other Canada blog posts.


Jasper NP – Angel Glacier (08/15)

On Mount Edith Cavell until 2012 there were two glaciers, Ghost and Angel. Ghost collapsed during this glacial event. Avalanches and ice fall during the summer shorten the angelic appearance of Angel.

Cavell Lake

Jan’s Tips:

  • Due to lingering wildfire smoke and recent bear activity, I was unable to explore extended trails, however, access to Angel Glacier is via a short, well-traveled path. There is a nearby rim with a rock scramble providing better views, which is the location of most of these photos.
  • In the Canadian Rockies, grizzly activity closes trails or requires groups of four to travel together. Therefore, it’s always good to go prepared with a Plan B; better yet, also with Plan C and D. Bear and Trail status links.
  • If you’re like me and prefer photos minus strangers, and quiet trails with more opportunity to see wildlife, especially during peak tourist season, GO EARLY.
  • Helpful links:
  • A Parks Canada Pass is required.
  • Link to my other Canada blog posts.


Kootenay NP – Stanley Glacier (08/15)

Kootenay National Park is sandwiched between Banff and Yoho National Parks. For this post, I’ll let the photos speak my words.

Jan’s Tips: