This truly wilderness river experience started from a list of “must paddle” rivers and with the aid of Laurel Archer‘s book “Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Trips”. A trip like this takes months to plan, from mapping a route to organizing the gear and dehydrating our meals. When considering the timing for this trip, we opted for late July to avoid high water levels from the previous heavy snow year.

With my older brother Dave as my paddling partner, we headed out on this epic adventure…and here is our tale.

Tracking the route using SPOT/Google Maps

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26 Aug 2012 10

What a perfect weekend to play in the mountains. Carolyn, Todd and I decided to scoot up Mt. Allen/Centennial Ridge in Kananaskis. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky! I had not done this hike before, and I’d definitely recommend it. It was a lot of climbing and on a day (like today) with no wind and no clouds, you definitely want lots of fluids (the climb is pretty steady to the summit) and plenty of sunscreen (it’s exposed for about 3/4 of the hike).

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19 Aug 2012 2

With cousin Lesley & Dale in town, and Mom & Dad visiting for my brother’s birthday, it was a great excuse to go explore the Elbow Loop out by Bragg Creek. I rode the Elbow Loop with Sean and Cam last year, and we had a wonderful time, so I knew exactly where I wanted to take the fam. It turned into quite the little adventure…

Lesley, Dale and I

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13 Aug 2012 5

Having grown up in Grande Cache, it’s pretty hard to NOT go home every August long for the Canadian Death Race, and I’ve been fortunate to be able to run with (and meet) lots of fun teams year after year. This year was no exception. I lucked out by meeting Lisa as part of my Sinister 7 team, and she put me in touch with a team who needed a runner last minute for Leg 3 of the Death Race.

Partial Team of Sugar Coated Sneakers

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