To me, home is hiking up to watch the sunset and set up camp with my favourite mountains as a backdrop, and Howe Sound spreading out to the end of the horizon before me.
I love you like I love the Mountains
There's something special about being out in nature. There's something even more special about sharing it with someone. Whether it be a group of friends, family or your partner, epic experiences are best shared with others.
This is the face of someone who hasn't had her coffee yet! After camping up on the top of Unnecessary ridge, I woke up with the sun and started making some breakfast. What you don't see here is the swarms of mosquitos that I would later discover had quite the appetite for my bottom.
Although small, my Pocket Rocket stove from MEC does the trick every time, and fits inside any bag with ease.
Snack n' Scratch
I've talked about St. Marks Summit before, and I'll talk about it again! 3hours round trip at a mellow pace with snacks at the top, St. Mark's is the perfect afternoon jaunt to get the heart beating and the legs burning. Becoming quite the high-traffic trail because of the stunning view, I'd suggest mid-week mornings if you'd like an unobstructed view.
Note: Water and food is suggested. Oh, and a camera ;)
Speaking of St. Mark's Summit, Unnecessary Ridge is just a few km's further, but really gets the burn going in the legs if you're looking for more of a challenge. Part of the Howe Sound Crest trail, you can even go as far as the Lions if you're looking for a 6+ hr hike. Remember to pack lots of water and snacks, and don't feed the ravens! They're aggressive!
photo: Derek Dix
Location: How Sound Crest Trail. See trail map HERE
Thanks for being You.
Friend, Boss, CEO, writer, athlete, comedian, yoga teacher, dog-mother, and much much more, Lacy Kemp is one of those people who puts 100% effort into everything she does. Whether it be organizing one of the coolest video projects I've ever been involved with, or just being the best friend anyone could ask for, Lacy is one in a million. Thank Lace, for just being you.
Check out one of Lacy's most recent projects, Dream Ride HERE
Every year one of my best friends comes up from LA and together we escape to a remote island to a cabin that runs completely off-grid. We put the phones down, and take a week to recharge. Our mornings consist of Coffee, yoga, beach-run, and a swim. We run around like kids, making flower crowns and play in forts. Making this a yearly tradition was the best decision we've ever made.
In Stockholm, it seems like anything is possible in the summer. The sun shines until 11:00pm and there's beautiful people everywhere. We rented kayaks and kayaked through the numerous rivers that snake though the city right into the city centre. Morning commute, anyone?
If you ever get a chance to go to Tofino on Vancouver Island, make sure you stop off the side of the road to cliff jump and play around in the beautiful clear water and amazing rock structures formed by the seasonal rise and fall of the river. Thomas caught me doing my best whale impersonation. Bottoms Up!
note: always use extreme caution when swimming and jumping in rivers. The undercurrents can pin you against the rocks which can lead to serious injury or death.
Another view of the awesome rocks on the way to Tofino, BC. As I mentioned before, be careful where you swim! You wouldn't want to get squeezed into this tight fit!
The Good Life
I'm the most happiest here I swear!! I absolutely love the ocean and camping, so last summer we took a surf adventure to Tofino, where we camped, surfed, ate burritos, and generally just chilled out for a week. Sometimes it just feels so good to be active in a different way than you're used to.
SIDE NOTE: I LOVE my tent, and there's ample room for 2 people plus bags! Check it out HERE for more info!
Live to Surf
Parked for the night, we headed out on the beach for some yummy sunset views and a live impromptu band playing on the beach before we headed back to camp for some hotdogs over the campfire.
For Surfboard Rental info, check out Live To Surf ; the Original Tofino Surf Shop!