Over the past year and a half, my life has undergone a unforeseeable amount of change, personally and professionally. Those major life changes also gave me the opportunity to try several new experiences. The two that have sucked me in the most have been motorcycling and hiking. I’ve always loved hiking, but experiencing two of the Canadian Rockies’ best backcountry routes – Berg Lake Trail and Skyline Trail – made me realize how much more there was to offer. I also had the opportunity to summit two mountains, experiences I will never forget. One year ago, I had never been propelled by a motorized cycle of any kind. But I fell in love at the first blip of the throttle. I now own four bikes and can’t wait to start my second riding season.
Mountains + Motos is a project combining these two newfound passions. In July 2018, I will set out on my ’72 Honda CB450 (which I am currently restoring) and head south for Waterton National Park, where I will summit Mount Crandell. Over the course of the three weeks, I will ride 2,000 kilometers among some of the most scenic roads in the Rockies, summit a total of nine mountains and throw in a five-day, 72-kilometer hike near Jasper.
I hope to experience the best of the Rockies over the course of three weeks in July, but I also want to use this adventure as an opportunity to raise a significant amount of money. I am fortunate that I have the ability to both ride and hike to the extent that I do. I will be partnering with a charity so I can help others achieve some of their dreams. More information on the charity will be coming soon.
I will be inviting anyone who wishes to join me for either the ride or the hikes (or both) for donations to the charity of choice. So mark you calendars and come and join me!
|06-Jul||Ride to Airdrie|
|07-Jul||Ride to Waterton, Summit Crandell|
|09-Jul||Ride to Whitefish via Going to Sun Road|
|10-Jul||Ride to Coleman|
|11-Jul||Summit Turtle Mountain|
|12-Jul||Ride to Kananaskis|
|13-Jul||Summit Mount Bogart|
|14-Jul||Summit Big Sister|
|15-Jul||Rest and Banff Hot Springs|
|16-Jul||Summit Mount Rundle|
|18-Jul||Ride to Jasper|
|20-Jul||Brazeau Loop Day 1|
|21-Jul||Brazeau Loop Day 2|
|22-Jul||Brazeau Loop Day 3|
|23-Jul||Brazeau Loop Day 4|
|24-Jul||Brazeau Loop Day 5|
|26-Jul||Summit Pyramid Mountain|
|27-Jul||Summit Signal and Tekkara|
|29-Jul||Ride to Edmonton|
I’m a writer, photographer, aspiring videographer and gearhead. Mountains + Motos will be my second adventure-based fundrasier. The first was the Canada 5000 Rally, in which I drove from Vancouver to Halifax in a 48-year-old rally car following the routes of the long-defunct Shell 4000 Rally. It was an incredible experience and my co-driver David Myers and I were successful in raising nearly $12,000 for Alzheimer’s associations across Canada.