Useful trip reports from around the internet for planning your next outing in the Canadian Rockies.
• 4,000 Group members providing real-time updates on current conditions. A great place to find beta or a friend!
• Vern Dewit's Web Page: Vern has completed every ascent in Alan Kane's "Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies" in addition to many others. His photos and route descriptions have proven to be an invaluable resource to me over the years.
• Bob Spirko's Web Page: Excellent descriptions of alternative routes and an all-round great resource.
• Andrew Nugara's Web Page: the links don't always work but the functional content is great. Andrew is once again updating his site (and his guidebook)!
• Steven Song's Web Page: Steven bags new peaks at an ungodly pace. Although he now resides on the west coast, he bagged more Rockies peaks in a short time span than most do in a lifetime.
• So Nakagawa's Web Page: So is the man! And he has the slick website to prove it. Excellent route descriptions and stunning photos. Sadly, the page is no longer updated regularly.
• Sonny Bou's Web Page: Proving that an alpine start is not always necessary.
• Chronicling Josée and Fabrices many adventures on both sides of the Rocky Mountains.
• Marko's Web Page: Wonderful photography and creative destinations from Marko Stavric.
• Raff's Web Page: Wanna climb a peak? Check Raf's page; the Crazy Pol has probably been up it!
• Matt Clay's Web Page: A great resource for hikers looking to get into peak bagging.
• Mike Mitchell's Web Page: very spiffy web design, entertaining commentary and some really worthwhile peaks.
• Dave McMurray's Web Page: a great resource for outings in the southern Canadian Rockies (Castle, Crowsnest and Waterton).
• Cornelius' We Page: well-documented accounts of some more obscure (mostly front range) peaks in the Rockies.
• Alison Sekara's Web Page: showcasing outings around the Rockies.
• THE hiking club in the Canadian Rockies.
• Eric Coulthard's Web Page: Eric climbs some more obscure peaks but if you ever need to identify a peak, his page is more handy than a topo map.
• Paul Zizka's Web Page: The most stunning photography in the Canadian Rockies.
• Bivouac.com: User-submitted trip reports including a wealth of beta provided by Rick Collier. Pity it's not a free resource like every other similar site!
• Alan Kane's Web Page: A classic.
• Formerly great way to get updates on current conditions; has been largely overtaken by Facebook of late.
I never leave home without checking the conditions up high!
• Reliable high resolution (2.5 km) weather forecasts. Spot's multiple models give you a good chance to see accurate precipitation, cloud cover and freezing levels. The best weather site out there.
• Weather forecasts for specific peaks and elevations. Usually quite accurate for same or next day forecasts.
Why believe a weather forecast when you can see conditions for yourself?
Play safe in the mountains! These websites will help:
• Some interesting reading. Perhaps the best way to avoid ending up on this page is to learn from the mistakes of others
• Frequent updates on conditions and rescues in Kananaskis Country.
• Recent condition reports direct from local professional guides.
• Venturing out in winter conditions? Be sure to check for the latest avanlanche bulletins:
Slogging up scree isn't the only fun that you can have in the mountains!
• Why do I never see any of these girls on the summits of the peaks that I climb?
• Join the Global Mountain Tribe!
• Wondering what that peak out the window of your Calgary home/office etc. is? Check out this awesome interactive panorama of the summits visible from Calgary! Keep zooming in for more and more peaks - a really fun way to spend your time at work!