20/20 vs. beer goggles

It’s come down to budget: contact lenses or adult beverages?

The adult beverages won out.  I know – terrible, right?  Rather than ensure clear visibility whilst snowshoeing through the delightful Canadian Rockies, and avoiding the maddening fogging of the glasses/goggles, I’ve opted for bringing a mini bar into the backcountry.  I never claimed to have good judgement.

Skoki Lodge, the destination of my ultimate January snowshoe challenge journey, is a rustic mountain cabin built in the 1930s, and was recently given a celeb-boost by the stay of HRH William & Kate in 2011.  In the winter, it’s an 11 km ski or snowshoe into the backcountry of Banff National Park up and over two mountain passes.  All of the meals are included – and are reputed to be nothing short of spectacular – along with all bedding, so no sleeping bags required.  Technically, only clothing and snacks are necessary for me to carry in, but my pack list is as long as my arm. It’s WINTER. You never know what might go down, man.

I’ve got everything from duct tape to the lodge-worthy flannel shirt going.  Knife. Emergency blanket.  Hut booties. Head lamp. Down jacket. Toothbrush and face cream. Rebel, Flip, iPod. Camo buff for cool photos. Insulated Skhoop skirt for awesomeness. A bunch of the aforementioned adult beverages.  Jill had read somewhere that the wine – ordinary wine – was $40 a bottle out there. They do, after all, have to pack it with their supplies.  So, I figured I’d save a dollar or two and bring my own. Captain? Aye-aye!

Two more days until we hit the road for the Rockies!

The mountains are calling, and I must go. ~John Muir

Altitude training, Hannibal Lecter style

Tell me, would I look like Sub Zero or Hannibal Lecter if I showed up in the gym with an altitude training mask?

I saw this and was like, YES!  Hiking in the mountains last year was an eye opener.  And a lung popper.  I was so out of shape that I was sucking air and had to stop every 5 steps and admire the scenery.  I’m doing all this training for my snowshoe trip to the mountains… and haven’t even thought about prepping for the altitude.

The trail Jill and I will be snowshoeing is about 11 km long, and it crosses two mountain passes.  The first, Boulder Pass, is 7,694 feet and the second, Deception Pass, is 8,117 feet. Er, altitude is inevitable.

I could rock it on the treadmill with this little beauty of a training mask. Hashtag whaaa?  We’ll see.  If I go ahead, I will be sure to let you know. Maybe it will have to be for a summer challenge.

Less than two weeks until we arrive in the Rockies!