Ice Climbing adventure and amazing dog sled

Today was my favorite day of the trip. 7 am I was pickup by a ice climbing guide. A half hour drive brought us to this 90 meter waterfall. I looked at this waterfall with a little intimidation. My first couple climbs only went about half way up. It took me a few hours to get use to pick placement. Without good pick placement the ice would break when you put your weight on your pick. The weather was nice little wind and about 5 degrees but even at that temperature I was out there taking clothes off. I was sweating like crazy from all the climbing. After 6 hours of climbing I met up with my family for a dog sled trip while this sounds fun, don’t get me wrong it was but i was soaked in sweat from the climb. Wet and cold don’t mix well.  Still this was an amazing experience.

Helicopter and gondola ride.

winter sleigh ride

this had to be one of the coldest days. We had a sleigh ride which was cool but cold.

looking up angel falls

ice and angel falls

ice walking and went to a frozen water fall called angel falls. This waterfall was an amazing site to see.

Rocky Mountain train ride.

Spent this day riding the train.

Canada, a family vacation.

My mom, sister, dad, and myself took a family vacation to Canada during December. Started in Vancouver,BC and made our way to Calgary, AB.

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The next two days we left the river and continued to head south. There was little water that we came across but came across several mountain lion tracks. We are almost done and on our way back to where we set off from tensions are high in the group and while I know it is wrong the group has split in two because of the different mind sets, navigation abilities, and the pace we want to walk. Even though we are in two different groups now I still keep in contact with the other guys by blowing my whistle once every 20-30 minutes and wait for a response.

 

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an exciting 22nd day

Today started as a nice blue skied day and was following the river.  Around noon clouds started to build in the sky and then thunder was heard in the distance. I was told that in the dessert that even if it is not raining where you are a flash flood could come out of no where. After hearing the thunder we as a group decided to get to higher ground just in case. Then out of no where, maybe 5 minutes after getting out of the river the river started to rise and then moments later it went from a none moving ankle deep river to a raging few feet deep river. Then a storm came over us and lightning was cracking all around; so close in fact that you could not even count to one when the thunder sounded. It was a scary and exciting situation, but the beauty of it all was mind blowing.

Solo days

For about 6 days I was alone. It was an interesting time even though I did poor math on how to distribute my food across 6 days and ran out on day 4. While I was alone I did a lot of talking with my self and the animals that came to visit me. I once heard that animals can feel how you are feeling and if you are a good person or a bad person by the vibe you give off. Over the course of 6 day the animals got yous to me being there and came to visit me often during the day and became less scared of me, but after the night with no sleep I was irritable and the animals could sense it because I had almost no visitor for almost the whole day. That was my first truly lonely day. You may not think that being alone for 6 day is hard but the truth is, it is. Humans are social creatures by nature and everything we do everyday all day is connect with other people. We also in today’s society have ways of occupying our minds with t.v. movies, games, texting, and so on, but when you take all those social connections and mind occupying things away you really dig deep into your self and find out things that you may not have known or something you have been denying about yourself. I believe every one should try a solo. Its good for the mind.