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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/

Going Light - Gear and Thoughts

I don't like to advertise my age, but suffice it to say that I'm getting to that point in life where I no longer throw things in my pack "just in case" I might need them. ;) My knees / back and shoulders have taken quite the beating over the past decade and after hundreds of Rocky Mountain summits, many canoe trips and thousands of kilometers of walking and skiing with everything from light day packs to huge expedition sized (90+ litre) back packs overflowing with gear.

 

Evangeline Peak

When I heard there was a major winter storm coming down through Calgary and the Rockies to the west on Sunday, November 9th I decided that as much as I didn't feel like getting up early on Saturday the 8th - I should probably try to make it a priority before the deep freeze. One last warm fall hike / scramble in 2014!

 

Leval, Mount

We had lots of time left after completing the summits of Warre and Vavasour so Kaycie and I decided to descend the south ridge of Vavasour towards Mount Leval. Kaycie had some large blisters and was done peak bagging so we also decided that she would stop on the ridge in a safe, wind-protected area to read her e-book while I continued down and then up to Leval on my own.

 

Woolley, Mount

Early on Saturday, September 6th 2014 we awoke to a star-filled sky and made preparations for our climb. There was talk of adding Mushroom Peak into the mix if there was enough time but we didn't fully expect that this would happen. I've never heard of anyone combining these three peaks in one day and I know for a fact that nobody has ever done Little Alberta and then Woolley / Diadem AND Mushroom Peak the very next day.

Woolley / Diadem Approach and Bivy

I had the whole week of September 1-7 off, but ended up working a couple of days on Tues / Wed due to bad weather. By Thursday I was ready to resume my break. Steven, Ben and I had plans for Fri-Sun so I had an extra day to do something myself. Originally I had a peak in mind but after thinking about it I decided to hike into the Woolley / Diadem bivy area by myself on Thursday and spend an extra night just chilling and reading or taking photos at one of the best bivy sites in the Rockies.

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