30: Cross Country Ski to Bryant Creek Shelter, AB
29: Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area
This episode overviews the 26.7km there and back trail to the Bryant Creek Shelter in Banff National Park. This trail, commonly used by hikers in the summer and back country skiers in the winter, is a gateway to Mount Assiniboine. Today joined by Jackie Allen, Kate and Jackie talk about their 1-night cross country ski trip to the shelter for the night.
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28: Backpacking to Aylmer Junction, and Aylmer Lookout, AB
Have you ever been to the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area?
This gem is located just west of the Calgary city limit's and offer's 20km of hiking trails with interpretive signs, education programs, and is first and foremost a protected habitat for native wildlife.
In this Episode Kate speaks with CEO Greg Shyba, and Education Coordinator Maureen Luchsinger about the conservations area, discussing how it came to be, and what it has to offer now!
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27: Backpacking Northover Ridge, AB
Want to do a stunning overnight hike, without too much planning? That's what the hike to Aylmer Junction Campground, and ten to Aylmer lookout was like! The 8km moderate hike into the campground runs along beautiful Minnewanka Lake in Banff National Park! Once there you have the option of hiking the more difficult trail up to Aylmer Lookout for another 8km return. For details, have a listen!
26: Hiking to Smutwood Peak, Kananaskis
Northover ridge is a 33.7km trail located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. This difficult hike/ easy scramble is a gorgeous loop that can be done in 1 - 3 days. In this podcast, Kate describes her experience with the trail as a 3 day trip, staying at both Aster and Three Isle Lake backcountry campgrounds.
25: Kanfest - Kananaskis Whitewater Festival
In this episode Kate, along with her friend Laurence, discuss hiking to Smutwood Peak in Kananaskis Alberta. The trail to Smutwood Peak is 19km, with 950m of elevation gain, and is rated as an easy scramble with incredible views!
24: Snow and Ice Training Weekend
Its all about that whitewater!
In this episode Kate meets with Kelsey Baldwin, one of the volunteer organizers of Kanfest, the Kananaskis Whitewater festival. Kanfest, which will be held this year at Canoe Meadows August 10 - 12 2018 is a weekend to celebrate whitewater kayaking. It also just so happens to be the 25th anniversary of the festival!
Kanfest is a festival for all people, of all kayaking abilities, and above all, is just plain fun!
23: Backpacking to Picklejar Lakes, Alberta
If you want to climb bigger mountains, you need bigger skills. This episode is about a snow and ice training course that Kate took through Yamnuska Mountain Adventures to improve her knowledge and safety over snow and ice. Here Kate talks about her experience and some of this skills learnt during this 3 day course.
22: Biking! with Owner/Operator of YYCMTB, David Mills
Picklejar Lakes Trail is located in Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park and is an 11km round trip, moderately rated trail. In this episode Kate talks about her experience with it as a 1-night backpack trip. The trailhead is located off of highway 40, approximately 1.5hours from the far west side of Calgary.
21: Backpacking to Quaite Valley Backcountry Campground
In this episode Kate chats with David Mills, who is the Owner/ Operator of YYCMTB as well as the current Executive Director of the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance. Kate and David talk about what the CMBA is, what they do, and what trails they are involved in. They also talk about how and why David start YYCMTB, and what programs it has to offer.
Lets get biking!
20: Hiking to the Barrier Lake Fire Lookout
In this episode Kate talks about her 1 night backpack trip to Quaite Valley backcountry campground. This kid-friendly backpack trip is less than an hour from Calgary, in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial park.
19: Cross Country Skiing to the Elk Lakes Cabin
This episode highlights the 13km moderate hiking trail up to the Barrier Lake Fire Lookout in Kananaskis. This family friendly hike has approximately 600m of elevation gain, and is relatively close to Calgary, only minutes off of highway 1 on highway 40.
18: The KAN Adventure Race
Jackie Allen joins with Roots in the Wilderness again to give an overview of the 10km cross country ski trail to overnight at the Elk Lakes Cabin. This intermediate trail starts in Peter Lougheed Provincial park in Alberta, and ends at Elk Lakes in BC.
17: Hiking to Ha Ling Peak, Canmore AB
Interested in adventure racing? This episode is all about the KAN Adventure Race being held this September in Kananaskis, Alberta. Kate meets with Bridget Mahaffey from the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre to discuss the ins and outs of this paddle, bike and trail running race.
16: Pipestone Cross Country Ski Trails, Lake Louise AB
This episode is a brief description about hiking the to Ha Ling Peak in Canmore, Alberta. The trail is approximately 5.5km with 760m of elevation gain, and is classified as an easy scramble. Check it out!
15: Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association
In this episode you will hear a short description of the 21km Pipestone trail network in Lake Louise, AB. These trails are rated as easy and intermediate.
14: Managing Risk in Winter
In this episode Kate meets with Jeff Hughes of the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association to discuss the purpose and the work of the Association as well as some of the many things that the Bragg Creek Trail system has to offer.
For more information please visit:http://www.braggcreektrails.org/
13: Snowshoe to Chester Lake
In this episode Kate speaks with Outdoor Guide, and active member of the Cochrane Search and Rescue, Nathan VanNorman. Kate and Nathan discuss some of things to consider when heading into the wilderness in the winter, and where you can go to learn more.
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Chester Lake snowshoe trail is an easy 10 km (approx) there and back trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Check it out!