Off season Ski Training – Take a Hike

The famed American poet, Walt Whitman, once said, “Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

Why go Hiking?
For me it’s one of the few activities where you can totally unplug, a cherished bit of time away from all electronics. Beyond the obvious perk of cutting the cord, there are a few more benefits to consider. This summer give hiking a try, the coastline and mountains of British Columbia beckon you to immerse yourself in its natural, wild and raw state. You will be better from it.

Hiking takes you to another place.
Your senses will thank you! As the gridlock of traffic grinds your patience away each day it is also dulling your senses. A full-scale onslaught of dampening your abilities to smell and hear is going on each and every day. The City is winning. Nature can revive your senses. You’ll become more aware of your surroundings from the peace and quiet that wildness provides.

windy ridge-lines no problem for this Patagonia jacket from Sporting Life

Nature bats last.
You’re not in control. Wind storms can roll in suddenly across the lake, river levels can rise, and waves can amaze. There is a real feeling of awe being away from the organized ‘7-11’ convenience of life we regularly live. You have to be aware and be in nature to feel the awe – you’ll be inspired by the greater power.




Be Humbled.

Being small is really powerful. There can be creatures more powerful and stronger than humans out there. That’s a good thing. It’s magical to experience whales up close, or view a bear wading a swollen creek to swat at salmon from a distance.

Go at your own pace.

Try a simple walk in a local park first if you’re totally new to the outdoors. Every step will provide goodness and motive you to experience more. British Columbia has so much natural beauty to explore.

Take a wild hike.
Burns Lake, British Columbia is a jumping off point for a wild adventure.  Check out Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, by taking flight with Lakes District Air for a day of alpine hiking and rambling, taking footsteps where no one else probably has ever before.

For easy day hikes in spectacular nature try hikes near these Kootenay Rockies towns.

Fernie, British Columbia;
There’s a variety of trails here, try some family friendly options, ride the Timber Express Quad Chairlift, at Fernie Alpine Resort then at the top walk to Lost Boys Pass, a short 45 minute roundtrip or check out the variety of trails at Island Lake, exploring big cedar forests and spectacular mountain views.

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Golden, British Columbia;
Step into wilderness with the Gorman Lake trail, a beautiful cirque surrounded by jagged peaks greet you on this 3.3 km hike. It’s perfect picnic spot (but don’t forget your bear spray).





Kimberley, British Columbia; 

Check out Hourglass Lake, squeezed into a tight valley of big peaks, the 7 km hike will make you earn the beauty and goodness from waterfalls to alpine meadows, taking approximately 4 hours.

Get outfitted at Sporting Life to enjoy your day in the mountains.

Proper footwear.
If easy day hikes are your jam then get low cut trail runners from brands like Merrell or North Face, if you’re thinking more advanced hikes are in the cards, then get boots with more ankle support. It’s so important to try them on for awhile just to make sure good support and comfortable. Don’t leave without sunscreen, bear spray and a Kleen Kanteen for both hot and cold beverages to keep you hydrated on the trail.

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