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Goose Spit Park

An intended short stroll became a rather long walk around the entire Goose Spit which also accommodates a military base. That base becomes a summer camp playground every year with many teenagers running around.

Cormorant Island Hike

After an interesting chat with Colin, the hotel’s owner and a person with character, we started our hike around (most of) the island. From the hotel, we walked through the Ecological Park and soon crossed the highest point of the… Continue Reading →

The Kyoto Trail Hike: Day 1

A two-day hike on the Kyoto Trail (the Kitayama East section) with my mountain buddy Sano-san. Since I have heard of this trail in Fushimi Inari a couple of years ago, the Kyoto Trail was on my hiking to do… Continue Reading →

Edelweissweg & Wisshornweg (Trift)

Zermatt (1620m) – Alterhaupt Edelweiss (1961m) –  Trift (2337m) – Schweifinen (2503m) – Zermatt / 900m ascent / 900m descent / 13 km / 6 hrs After going through beautiful houses with balcony full of cheerful flowers in the east side of… Continue Reading →

Hörnlihütte (3260m)

Convinced that the famous Matterhorn is the most beautiful mountain in the world, Yasuko’s birthday wish was to spend a few days in Zermatt. Our friend Patrick was so kind to let us stay at his studio with a fantastic… Continue Reading →

Findeln Glacier hike & Chez Vrony

Blauherd – Stellisee – Fluhalp – Findeln – Winkelmatt It started in the complete fog, when we got out of the gondola at Blauherd this morning….

Matterhorn Glacier Trail

Trockener Steg – Hirli – Schwarzsee / 7km, not much up and down This trail is a fantastic walk so very close to the towering peak of the Matterhorn. The weather was changing rapidly from grey to shiny blue and then… Continue Reading →

Vilan (2376m) – a hidden jewel in the Prättigau Valley

Älplibahn Bergstation (1801 m) – Vilan (2376 m) – Älplibahn Bergstation (1801 m), 12km A fantastic summer day with blue sky – a perfect day to go up the Vilan, one of the most impressive mountain viewpoints  in the Prättigau. A very… Continue Reading →

The Haute Route – Day 5, August 26

La Châble (821m) – Les Ruinettes (2195m) – Cabane du Mont Fort (2457m) – Col des Vaux (2705m)

The Haute Route – Day 2

Argentine, France (1251m) – Col de Balme (2204m) – Trient, Switzerland (1279m)

Wild Pacific Trail – Survival on the Edge

This morning we joined a guided walk on the Wild Pacific Trail,  “Survival on the Edge”, organized by the Central West Coast Forest Society.

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail – Botanical Beach

When we arrived at the trailhead of Botanical Beach, the area was completely fogged in. We hesitated a bit but we went ahead to walk the last part of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.  It was one of the… Continue Reading →

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail – China Beach to Bear Beach

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a 47km wilderness trail which is just south of the famous West Coast Trail. Today we walked the first section of the Juan de Fuca Trail from China Beach to Bear Beach (9km)… Continue Reading →

East Sooke Coast Trail

A coast trail in the East Sooke Regional Park. This trail is surprisingly not well-known under the shadow of the famous West Coast Trail, but the rugged trail is a beautiful wilderness. Stunning coastal views with the Olympic Mountains (USA)… Continue Reading →

2-day hike on Sky Line Trail, Jasper (Day 2)

Click here to read day 1 Day 2 After a copious breakfast, the steep ascent to the Notch (2’510m) awaited us. The last part of the climb was 45-degree up and we struggled over snowfields and gravels, while stones and… Continue Reading →

2-day Hike on Sky Line Trail, Jasper (Day 1)

Sky Line Trail, Jasper National Park – Beautiful, but very, very long! Overall Distance: 49km / Hiking: 11h20 / Total Ascent: 1’680m / Total Descent: 2’230m / Feet in pain: 4 The Sky Line Trail is one of the most… Continue Reading →

Valley of Five Lakes, Jasper National Park

Shades of Green After hanging out at the Whistler Campground in the morning, we set for a short hike in the Valley of Five Lakes, a little outside of Jasper. Its pristine lakes with amazingly different shades of green came… Continue Reading →

Lake Louise

We had a rather bad idea to visit one of Canada’s most famous destinations on Canada’s national day. We left Lake Louise’s shore to walk up to Mirror Lake and Lake Agnes to visit one of two famous tea houses…. Continue Reading →

Banff Upper Hot Springs & Hoodoo Trail

Banff Upper Hot Springs A second trial on the Banff Upper Hot Springs in the morning: we tried to have a soak yesterday evening as well but it looked like “too many potatoes being washed in the water” (i.e. too… Continue Reading →

Whyte Museum, Banff Springs Hotel and Bow River Walk

Since we started traveling in Canada, we have been lucky and the weather has been fantastic: blue sky and sunny. Today we woke up to a very rare rainy day so it became a museum day!

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