Submitted by: Matt
Throughout my younger days, I attended a summer camp based out the Bow Valley. In 2003, I hit an age where the backcountry trips got a bit longer and a bit harder. For this particular summer, a number of wildfires forced the group I was assigned to into the Ya Ha Tinda region of the Rocky Mountains for the start of a 10-day hike to the Jasper Parkway through Dolomite Pass. This hike was my experience relying on only what I could carry on my back for longer than a week and it was truly invigorating. The passion for long and extended trips into the back country has stuck with me to this day and is only stunted by the need to be gainfully employed. What I love most is the routine, the sense that everyday, you know exactly what needs to be done and your ‘work’ for that day is just hiking, canoeing, biking, or skiing. That first 10-day hike from the Ya Ha Tinda is one which sticks out more than any other as it truly was a formative experience.