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Banff, Canadian Rockies: snow fabulous, snow fool like an old fool

I learnt years ago from white-water and sea kayaking that the most likely time to capsize, become a cropper, was on the flat bit of river after the difficult rapid or waterfall or in the shallows after getting through the … Continue reading

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Banff, Canadian Rockies: snow good, I’ve got to go back

At the end of my last post on the blog I wrote:  ”It is this extra dimension to winter in the Rockies which makes Banff unique, which makes me want to return”.  I didn’t realise then how soon. I flew … Continue reading

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Banff, Canadian Rockies: climate contrast

Completing my blog posts about the summer in the Greek islands I wrote about Kalymnos that it was: “only a short stay but a good way to round off the summer and pause for thought before heading for the Canadian … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: A White Christmas

A bit of a contrast from Greece.  In the Canadian Rockies, in the ski resorts near Banff temperatures dropping to minus mid-twenties overnight, highs of minus 15 in the afternoon. More to follow but in the meantime ….. Happy Christmas … Continue reading

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Brecon Beacons: a frozen ridge-top walk

It has been grey and damp most days since I arrived home.  But not all.   A modest snowfall followed by a week of continuing low temperatures meant that when the sun was forecast to come out for a day I … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: fiery peaks and blue sky farewell

I’m back in Grey Britain now having bid a nostalgic “au revoir” to Banff and the Rockies.  It was not sunny the whole time I was there, thankfully now and again clouds moved over from the west and dropped snow … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: Snowshoes and maple taffy

I have always loved walking in the snow despite having to put up with what I now know is Reynaud’s Phenomenon, painfully cold hands with ‘White Finger’ even in summer.  I used to go walking in the Derbyshire Peak District … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: Christmas on the piste

I’ve been in the Canadian Rockies now for a week, skiing and doing the odd bit of walking.  There couldn’t be a much greater contrast with summer in the Greek islands.  But, after heavy overnight snowfall on the mountain, early … Continue reading

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Spring in Wales and Greece

Sunday afternoon, 23 March and the sun was shining.  The sun has only put in the occasional appearance recently.  Heavy showers in the morning had cleared and blue sky beckoned.  One of the great benefits of living at the edge … Continue reading

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Canadian Rockies: to the top of Sulphur Mountain

During the last 10 days or so of my stay in the Canadian Rockies I decided to concentrate my efforts on trying to improve my skiing.  With fresh falls of snow the conditions changed from the ‘hard-pack’ with which I … Continue reading

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