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Answering the Liebster Call

Last week I was tagged by a fellow hiker Hiking Forward to answer 11 questions as part of the Liebster Award.

The Liebster Award is a Blogstöcken (Blogstöcken translated means Blog Stick.)  This award has been around for nearly a decade and the idea is to tag bloggers to learn more about them and their blogs.
The Rules:

1. Link the Person who “tagged” you.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the person has asked you.
3. Look for 11 Bloggers and nominate them.
4. Come up with your own 11 question for your 11 nominees.

So, here are my responses to Hiking Forward’s questions:

1.) What do you consider your first outdoor experience?

This is a tough one. Just before I was born, my parents had purchased five acres on a dead-end street, across from forty acres of woods. It was pretty idyllic. My earliest memories are my dad and brothers taking me for forest walks, picking wild berries like ground berries, huckleberries, blackberries, cherries, thimble berries, salmon berries, etc. and fishing in our pond.

2.) When out on a multi-day excursion, what is the one thing you dream about doing or having when returning home?

Aside from enjoying a nice, juicy steak cooked on the bbq? Flopping down on the couch beside my wife, with my kids climbing over me while I share the adventure.

3.) What long trail do you want to complete or complete again and why?

I’ve hiked the John Muir Trail, and while I’d love to go back and take my wife and kids on it (or the PCT), my current sights are set on a shorter trail named, “The Monkman Memorial Trail.” It’s a 63 km thru-hike that passes by waterfalls and mountain lakes in some pretty wild terrain (grizzlies, etc). If you look it up, you’ll see why I want to go. I’m trying to figure out logistics as one has to book a helicopter, or cross a big river and hitch a ride 3.5 hours back to town from an old logging road.
4.) Trailname? and how did you get it? Or what would you want your trail name to be if you don’t have one and why?

I haven’t earned a trailname yet. I’ve tried giving myself a few, but they never stuck. I had someone on youtube call me “Mr. Adventure” which gave me some good chuckles. Let’s go with that.

5.) What do you want to do when you retiree?

A friend just asked me, “What job would you pay to do?” which really made me think along those lines.  My wife and I want to do some longer trails together, as well as do some multi-day ocean kayaking and canoeing routes. So, pretty much my answer is: Outdoor Adventure.

6.) Last outing, where, when… etc.

We went to my dad’s house on a lake and he took the kids fishing. Other than that, I’ve been up to my ears in responsibilities. I’m planning to make up for it with a 3-day backpacking hammock trip at the end of the month. It’ll be my first overnight in a hammock, so let’s hope for the best!

7.) Favorite backpacking meal.

Pad Thai. Backpacker’s Pantry makes a delicious one that I treat myself with occasionally. That or Trail Sushi.

8.) Favorite memory on trail or camping.

My first backpacking trip with my dad. I was 12 or 13 and we went with old-school gear an external frame packs up to an area called Paint Lake in the Monashees of BC. It was that moment that really got me into backpacking.

9.) Goal for the year.

This summer I want to spend more time with my kids outdoors. We’ve booked up the weekends with biking, canoeing, fishing, and backpacking trips.

10.) Have you ever been tweeted to or RT’ed by a celebrity? Who.

This one’s a tough one, because my definition of a celebrity is different than most people’s. I’ve chatted online with a lot of outdoors celebrities the likes of Ray Mears (perhaps his web team?), Eric Larsen, Andrew Skurka, Les Stroud (his web girl?).

That said, I’d prefer to sit down with them all and have a “real” chat with them. I got a chance to chat with Andrew Skurka at the 2013 Summer OR Show. He has a wealth of information and is really easy to chat with. I recommend dropping him a message (@andrewskurka).

11.) Favorite National Park? and Why?

In the USA, All the ones along the John Muir Trail. Those raw areas hold a lot of beauty and they are still relatively unused.

My Turn!

So, Now I get to tag 11 people to answer my 11 questions:

  1. Where are you based?
  2. How long has Outdoor Adventure been a part of your life?
  3. What’s your favourite outdoor activity?
  4. If I gave you raw fish to eat while backpacking, would you?
  5. Hammock or Tent?
  6. Do you prefer to adventure solo or with friends?
  7. What stove are you using right now?
  8. What upcoming adventure are you most excited about?
  9. When it comes to the outdoors, do you motivate others or do others motivate you? 
  10. What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught? Tell us about the experience.
  11. Fess-up. What’s the silliest mistake you made while adventuring?


So, regardless if you’re one of these 11 or not, we’d love to hear your answers to the questions. I looked through my buzzing twitter feed and pulled out the following in random, time sequential order. Coffee, or lack thereof may have been a factor.

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A guy trying to get away from his desk so that he can fish, hike, play and just plain be in the outdoors.

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  1. I’m honored! And I’m curious which of the U.S. National Parks have hit your fancy on the JMT (as you’ve probably seen on the Twitter thread). My faves are all in Canada, though I do have some US ones that I love.

    • I think each park has it’s beautiful features. I loved the Sequoias, and I’m always a fan of the alpine landscape.

      • I’m a huge fan of Alpine as well. I think that’s why I was drawn to living in the Tetons and exploring all the passes wherever I go. Love getting up there in the places where less humans are and seeing the landscape change as I rise in elevation.

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