Seems like we skipped the spring …

From the end of skiing season, straight into summer! The temperatures have been around 25 to 28 degrees, sometimes even more. Somehow it feels like this will be a hot and dry summer, with many wildfires. Let’s hope for the best! Good news is that the lake is ready for our morning swims. I have…

Back from Bend

If you have never visited Bend, Oregon, put it near the top of your list. It is a fantastic place to visit. Take my word for it. If you like hiking, skiing, running, paddling, walking on lava or just scrambling up a steep mountain or admiring a waterfall, it’s a must-see for you. I’m not…

Winter 2015

… or what this is supposed to be, since it for sure hasn’t been a regular winter! We had a bunch of snow in January but nothing white has really come down since. The xc ski trails are slowly melting away, and we are getting close to the end of a ski season that usually…

Magic of Christmas

Okay so I might be biased, having grown up in Germany. But I have yet to find another place on earth where Christmas is as festive, social, yummy and traditional as in Germany. Graham and I were lucky to spend 2.5 weeks with my parents during the holiday season, and thoroughly enjoyed the treats, cookies,…

Little snow, big smiles!

Just like Europe, we also need some more snow here in British Columbia. However, select areas have decent coverage for skate skiing and the first outings on backcountry skis (no powder though). We are hoping for a big dump of the white fluffy stuff but in the meantime, we are lucky to have all those…

Is summer over?

It hasĀ been great to explore more of the trails in BC and beyond. I am still hoping for maybe another overnight trip! With lightweight backpacking gear and more experience packing (and reducing weight!) it has been wonderful to explore remote places. Unfortunately my plans for 2 weeks on the PCT had to be changed due…

Narrow roads anybody?

I found a few more video gems from our Norway trip. Despite being used to European-style driving, the narrow roads and especially tunnels in Norway did take a lot of concentration! Check out this video of a typical tunnel on a secondary road (some bigger ones do have lights and actually space for two cars!)…

The big trip to Norway

Apologies it has taken a while to get all the Norway photos online. It was a big trip, created many memories and many many photos. A selection of the best is now online in the Gallery! We had an amazing time! Our first week in Tromso – where the sun never sets – was amazing…

Planning 2014

I realize we are well into 2014 already. The first few months were spent mainly in the snow, with lots of skate skiing, skinning and snowshoeing. There isn’t much that can beat hiking up to the top of a mountain in fresh powder at the break of dawn, then skiing or snowshoeing down to a…

The last of the winter …

As we are enjoying another foot of fresh powder here at Silver Star, the sad truth is that it’s probably the last bit of white on the ground we will see until next winter. It has been incredible, with lots of adventures and time in the snow. My new-found love of backcountry skiing and ski…