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Hiking Peru's Rainbow Mountain

Vinicunca Mountain is located in the Andes Mountains near Cusco, Peru. It stands 5,200 metres above sea-level. In less than 10 years the Rainbow Mountain has gone from being completely unknown to receiving 1,000 - 1,500 visitors a day (in peak season). What feels like a tourist staple today, was covered in snow and ice until climate change revealed it in 2013.

Hiking on Vancouver Island 2019

As a kind of whimsical challenge, last December I set a 2019 goal of completing 12 new hikes in 12 months. The 12 hikes included three waterfalls, four mountain summits, two work trips (I am very fortunate), seven nights in a tent, one rainstorm, and no lasting injuries. I travelled 1,400 kilometres up, down and across the island to hike 125 kilometres-ish.

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park on Vancouver Island is home to some of the oldest trees in the province and is home to 2% of BC's old-growth. It's basically a living tree museum.

Wild Pacific Trail

The Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, BC, is 8-kilometres of well earned coastal trail. It satisfies both the need to be completely immersed in nature and the inclusivity of an accessible pathway.

Cowichan Rover Footpath

The Cowichan River Footpath covers 20 kilometres of trail between Glenora and Skutz Falls.

Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail

A Great Trail Instameet

The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is a 14.18-kilometre section of The Great Trail that Langford with the Cowichan Valley and beyond. Although the terrain is gravel and path is quite broad, it’s still marked as a moderately difficult trail because of steep sections with a 16% grade. Features include the Waugh Creek Falls (best viewed in the rainy season) and the Goldstream River suspension bridge.

Della Falls - Canada's Tallest Waterfall - Canoe Hike Canoe

Standing a whopping 440 metres tall, Della Falls is Canada's, Tallest Waterfall. 440 metres! Are you kidding me? No, I am not. It is only accessible via a boat/canoe down the Great Central Lake followed by a 16-kilometre hike to the base of the falls.

Upper Myra Falls - A Bit Salty

Upper Myra Falls is a 7ish kilometre hike in Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. The forest is very 'on-brand' for a west coast hiking trail.

Ripple Rock Hike - Campbell River

The Ripple Rock hike in Campbell River is a 7.7 kilometre out and back trek to the Ripple Rock viewpoint. The greatest part of this hike is the main lookout over the Seymour Narrows. This is the site of the spectacular Ripple Rock explosion. Today, the water swirls in the narrows, but prior to 1958, this passage was a major shipping hazard.

Yukon Adventure - A Bit Salty

From Whitehorse to Dawson City, through Tombstone Territorial Park to the Arctic Circle, the Yukon is home to epic adventures.

South Islands Cider Cycle Circle Route

The Cider Cycle Circle Route travels across the southern Vancouver and Gulf Islands to six cideries to learn about what makes this region so spectacular for craft cider.

Ladies Be Charcutering - A Salt Spring Island Bike Trip

Grab your best gals, ride 42 kms, don't accomplish your goals and enjoy the fruits of Salt Spring Island.

Meg & Bob Hike the Juan de Fuca Trail - A Bit Salty

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is 47-kilometres on the southern edge of Vancouver Island. It is a popular, well-travelled hiking trail with many access points and even more beaches. My Dad and I hiked the Juan de Fuca in August 2017. Three weeks before lift off I called him to see if he was going to come. He said, “no.”

 

 

Juan de Fuca Trail - A Bit Salty

The Juan de Fuca Trail is 47 kilometres of hiking between China Beach and Botanical Beach on Vancouver Island. In August 2017, my Dad and I hiked the trail in four days. This video is of the more scenic moments of the trip.

Backroads Camping - Timberland Lake

In May we went looking for Echo Lake, but we found Timberland Lake instead. 

 

Truck: '97 Toyota 4Runner

Cameras: Panasonic GH4 / GoPro Hero4

Tent: MSR Hubba Hubba

Canoe: Found on the side of Daniel's Mom's Shed

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Bob's Coleman Tips & Tricks - A Bit Salty

My Dad is a Coleman lantern expert. Instead of facetiming him every summer to troubleshoot my lanterns I decided just to make this video. This guy, I tell ya.

Camping on Salt Spring Island

In early April we went on our first camp of 2017 at Ruckle Park on Salt Spring Island. This two-night mini adventure included camping, market shopping, disc golf, boozing and bocce (the perfect weekend). The first night of our camp there was a wind storm with 80 - 90km/hour winds that basically blew our butts off. 

 

Here's a glimpse at what we did.

Camping in Byron Bay - Australia

Byron Bay is located right in the centre of Australia’s eastern coast. 777km north of Sydney but only 166km south of Brisbane. We visited Byron Bay during our east coast road-trip thinking we would stay a day or two, we stayed six.

 

Song and Surf Music Festival

Port Renfrew British Columbia is one of those special places that enough the tough guys admit is spiritual. Song and Surf is a little winter music festival held there every February. It is the little sister to the Tall Tree Music Festival. If you're into music, beaches and wet wool sweaters this is the best place for you.

Rifflandia and Breakout West 2015

In 2015, Rifflandia joined forces with Breakout West for a giant weekend of live musical madness. Here's West Coast Live's weekend experience (I'm the one in the Wayne's World Hat). Shot in Victoria, BC.

Toast of the Coast - Wheelhouse Brewing Company

I love beer! And I love Prince Rupert. Here's a Toast to the northern microbrewers, who are bringing something special to their small town clientele. Shot one winter's day in Prince Rupert, BC.

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