Our particular route via the Schiesser Ledges to the Alpine Club of Canada's Neil Colgan Hut - Canada's highest, permanent habitable structure - had turned from a scramble into a low-grade climb. And I was a novice mountaineer quickly flying past my zone of comfort.
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Catch a glimpse into a day spent climbing the President (3,138 metres) and Vice President (3,066 metres) in Canada's Yoho National Park.
03:50 am - I tore open the Starbucks' instant coffee sachet, lazily cursing the missing component for the camping-style French press that sat cold and empty on the kitchen shelf.
04:32 am - Crunch. I glanced around at the darkness that surrounded our team of five before quickly looking back to the ground. The gravelly trail wound around the creek and led us away from the Stanley Mitchell hut where I had eventually grasped about three hours of sleep. Blackness hid the peaks above. The pathway remained flat - for now.
It reminded me of thunder, but it was a different type of crash. One of the fingers of drifting ice that grasp these peaks had lost a chunk of its icy tips. Fog rolled in. Its white puff slithered across the slate-coloured mountain range, and the fusion of light and dark merged into a haunting aura.
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Madeira - This Atlantic Ocean Island just may be a travellers’ dream oasis.
- Hiking: Stupendously steep mountains with well-maintained trails winding through spiny ridges;
- Views: Rocky bluffs and clear Atlantic waters;
- Seaside towns: Red tiled roofs and pastel houses hang off sheer cliffs overlooking the sea;
- Sights: Museums, churches, wine-tasting, and child-friendly attractions scatter the island;
- Foodies: Aged sweet wine alongside ocean-fresh seafood and a hit of coffee; and
- Accommodation: Apartment style, boutique hotel or resort styles as you wish.
Portugal’s Madeira just might be the answer to your next vacation destination, no matter what your interest. The Visit Madeira website provides loads of info to help in your trip planning. For more click on the button below.
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