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For many years now I've slowly been trying to get at the source of what makes humans happy and why so many of us ignore the simple truth that possessions and the pursuit of "more" brings only the cravings for even more, resulting in feelings of frustration and endless restlessness. It's incredibly ironic to me that as the richest and most free people in human history, we have enslaved ourselves to consumerism and the opinions of others. Why are we so eager to give up our freedom?! Even good things can become crutches in our lives. Climbing mountains for the sake of accumulating "more" is an example of this in my own life. I am slowly learning to be content with much less. There's always going to be summits and experiences that I won't be able to do. So what?

Enjoy every moment for its own sake. Enjoy life for its own sake. Enjoy every mountain as if it's your last one. Quit chasing so-called goals and just enjoy the people and experiences that come across your path as you travel through life with all its ups and downs. https://experiencelife.com/article/the-art-of-enough/

Mount Cautley (Cautley Traverse)

I woke up on Sunday, September 25 2016 in the Lake Magog Campground and poked my head out of my tent only to be immediately disappointed. This was supposed to be the day of my long-awaited Mount Cautley Traverse - 4 new peaks in one stretch - all located along the same, fairly easy ridge and all with stunning views over the Mount Assiniboine area, including of course, the mighty Matterhorn of the Rockies.

Sunburst Peak (Goat's Tower)

Sunburst Peak has always interested me since first laying eyes on it in 2008, simply because it doesn't look nearly as easy as its reputation implies. There isn't a ton of trip reports available, but whatever is out there certainly doesn't make this objective sound very difficult - despite the appearance of impenetrable cliffs leading up to it's summit.

Sunshine Meadows - Mount Assiniboine

Ever since I first backpacked into the Mount Assiniboine area in early September 2008 from Mount Shark, I've wanted to go back in prime larch season - sometime in the last two weeks of September.  In 2015 I thought I'd be going back and for some reason or another it didn't pan out. In 2016 I was absolutely determined to make the hike and scramble trip work out.

Pharaoh Peak, Greater

As I watched the giant snow flakes fall gently and silently all around me and settle onto the yellow and red fall foliage before slowly starting to melt, I was struck by a thought that has hit me square between the eyes more than once while solo trekking on various trails and routes through the backcountry of my beloved Canadian Rockies. The beauty that I'd experienced on this long and tiring day - and many long and tiring days before it - was not there for my benefit. It was simply there.

Monarch, The

On Friday, August 19th I was joined by the indefatigable Phil Richards and Wietse Bylsma for another longish day trip in the Canadian Rockies. After two previous off-trail adventures to Breaker and Molar, Phil and I decided that it was time for a mostly on-trail objective. We settled on The Monarch, located between Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park and Kootenay National Park in British Columbia.

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