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Germany Bound!

semi-overcast 13 °C

So, September has come and that means Spencer and I headed to Germany! Travelling here meant a 11:15pm departure from Edmonton after reluctant farewells to friends and family. From Edmonton, Spencer and I flew into Halifax where we hungout for 13 hours! We decided to pass time by heading downtown to check out the Harbour. So, we took an extremely overpriced taxi into the city and wandered around- here are a few pictures from the city surfing!





[Obviously Spencer sought out all the political buildings he could find in our five hours in town!]

After we headed back to the airport and napped for a few hours, we boarded another red-eye flight to Frankfurt! It was a longer flight but we spent most of our time sleeping (or trying to)! Once in Frankfurt, we indulged in some European Paninis, which are WAY better than North American Paninis! It was a short connection, so only one picture was taken...
[... Self explanatory... ]

From Frankfurt, we flew to Friedrichshafen, which is the town the bible school is in! However, we took a train to Konstanz to wait a few days for it to start! I'll talk more about Konstanz in the next post, but let me tell you, it is AWESOME!
Regards from Germany,
Lucas Dunbar

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14 Peruvian Photos and Memories

A Brief Look at an Incredible Experience

Well, I'm home from Peru! It was an absolutely amazing two(ish) weeks! So much happened during each day that it felt as though I lived an entire lifetime there. There are so many stories and pictures that I felt a chronological recounting of my time there would take weeks to finish, so I plan to make a few posts like this- bite-sized Peru stories! If you want to know more, especially about the way this trip affected me personally, drop a comment or hit me up in person! Here goes!

1. The Cusco Skyline
The majority of the mission team's time was spent in Cusco, where we worked and lived at ATEK (more on that in a second!). One of the many cool things about Cusco is the location. It is located in the Andean Mountains at 11,200 feet (3,400m) above sea level. The city was built up and down the sides of the surrounding mountains, which makes for some steep streets in places! The city is extremely vibrant, with more colours, sounds, sights and smells than I can describe. A few of these include the incessant barking of countless stray dogs that roam the streets. Every breed you can imagine has a home in Cusco. Also, very much unlike here in Canada, they rarely acknowledged you and carefully avoid you. I believe this is because the Peruvian people treat them as pests, not pets.

This is the compound that the team spent the majority of time at. We ate, slept and worked here, alongside the Peruvian staff. As with all the residences in Cusco, it is surrounded by high walls with a metal gate (for protection I suppose) leading onto the street! Behind the main building (pictured here) is a small courtyard where we spent a great deal of time playing with the local kids whose mothers were at the compound for a two week conference. Behind that courtyard were the small dormitories we stayed in and the kitchen in which the amazing ATEK staff prepared us and all the women and children meals.

3. Andean Villages
This is a picture I took above a small village the team visited tucked hours (by vehicle) into the Andean mountains. The crazy zig-zagging line that is visible on the mountain opposite the one the village is on is a road similar to the one that we had travelled to be there. It was a crazy steep dirt road that was very narrow and had no protection from the treacherous drop-offs that bordered it. Our Peruvian drivers, however, weren't fazed by the danger, as they ripped along the roads much faster than seemed right, making for a white-knuckled, heart-pounding ride at times, especially when we took those crazy switchbacks at just under 50km/h!
I took this picture on a short hike that the team took above the village to see an orchard that ATEK had initiated. Even though the hike was short, the elevation tuckered us low altitude dwelling Canadians out quickly! The fruit that is yielded by the orchard we hiked to can be sold by the villagers for a profit. It was really humbling to see the way the villagers lived, and cool to see how ATEK had been working with them, teaching them various agricultural, nutritional and hygienic practices.

4. Our Ride
This 1980's Toyota Landcrusier is somewhat a legend at ATEK, being indestructibly solid and reliable, despite its wild life amongst the mountains. I took this picture while we travelled to the previously described village. We had to keep making rest stops for the driver's sake, as this beast had no power steering and was a standard. So driving this was sort of like wrestling with it instead!
While travelling to the village, the team rode in a newer van, but since we were short a few seats, Jeff and I volunteered to hop in the back of the Landcruiser. I would describe riding in the back of that thing sort of like how I think I would describe being tumble-dried in a dust storm! We bounced around in the back with our bags bombarded by dust from the open windows (this thing obviously didn't have air conditioning!). It was a super fun ride though and was full of laughs!

5. Jeff Photographing the Beautiful Andes
I was surprised to see how many photos I have of Jeff taking pictures on this trip! So here is one of my favourites- Jeff soaking in the rugged beauty of the Andes.

6. Oasis
While we were there, Peru was in the midst of its dry season/winter. The mornings all started off near zero degrees celsius and reached scorching temperates midday. There was no rain in two weeks, and probably will be little or none until the wet season. Thats why this little rainforest oasis we drove through in the mountains was a little bit of a change of environment!

7. Playing with the Kids Part I
Jeff put it best when he said that everybody smiles in the same language. It was incredibly special to be able to connect with these kids at ATEK how we did. They could be tiresome at times, but were extremely lovable. Here is a picture of Seth giving a piggy-back ride to a little guy whose name sounds like "hoof". I have no clue how to spell it!

8. The Market
During the trip, the team visited a market where we were able to try our hand at bartering. It was quite fun, but a little tricky with the language barrier. I think I got pretty good- I got this hand-carved wooden mask that Spencer is posing with from 45 to 20 Sol (the Peruvian currency, one Canadian dollar is worth about three Sols), but didn't end up buying it. Instead, I bought a sweater made from the fur (wool?) of an Alpaca, a chess set with wooden pieces that were hand-carved and a few more small gifts for friends at home!

9. The Ruins beneath Huayna Picchu
Would any collection of photos be complete without at least one from the ruins at Macchu Picchu? Probably not, so I had to toss at least one in. Although this place was unbelievably photogenic, I was frustrated by the crowds with people in many of the pictures I took! However, it was to be expected, especially considering that we were at one of the World Wonders! I learned so much about these ruins and took a few Llama selfies, of course!
One of things I learned was that the name of the ruins is not Macchu Picchu. Macchu Picchu is the name of a mountain that overlooks the ruins (behind me in this photo).

10. Night Life
There isn't much to say about this photo, except it's a picture that I really liked and thought adequately captured the atmosphere of Cusco at night. Taken on the roof of ATEK.

11. The Park
I don't appear often in my pictures, since I'm usually the one taking them! So I was thankful when a team member (either Sammi or Heidi I think) offered to take this one! From left to right- myself, Shakira (probably misspelled), Lindsey and Nephtily (also probably misspelled, it sounds like "neff-ta-lee").
This picture was taken right by the park (in the background) that we often took the kids at ATEK to, much to their delight. It was tiresome for us to be in the hot sun pushing kids on the swings, catching them on the slide and so forth, but their glee made it absolutely worth it!

12. Urban Peruvian Driving
I tried a pan-motion-blur shot for this because I thought it suited the driving style there- fast and crazy! Any street was constantly bombarded with the honking of horns and the revving of engines. Lane changes were sudden and often to shoot crazy gaps in traffic, speed maximums were ignored, and driving in the oncoming lane is the norm there! All the vehicles we saw were standards, even the full-size buses, which I thought was awesome. Knowing how to drive a standard isn't really mandatory in North America, but everywhere else, you probably would have a real tough time getting by without knowing how. Learn how, people! ;)

13. Playing with the Kids Part II
Another shot of playing with kids, since it was a huge part of our ministry there. Kaitlyn is pictured here, along with baby Flo and Noi (yet again, probably misspelled... pronounced "noy"). The kids never really got Kaitlyn's name, so she was often mistakenly called 'Helen', 'Kate' and a few other things!

14. Hyaena Picchu... Again
I thought that Huayna Picchu was much more photo-worthy than Macchu Picchu, so consequently I have way more photos of Huayna Picchu! It may not be very visible for you, depending on whether or not you are reading this on a phone, but there is a horizontal darker green line that goes across the face on Huayna Picchu. That, is a trail the Inca people used...It is less than one meter wide and has a sheer wall on one side and a vertical drop of over a thousand feet on the other. I thought that was pretty wild!

Anyways, thanks for taking the time to read this, I plan on posting a few more stories/recollections from the trip over the next while, so check back!
Lucas Dunbar

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Farley Lake Attempt

A Weekend of Plans 'A' through 'Z'

semi-overcast 22 °C

"It's not a backcountry adventure if everything goes right!"

The weekend began much like any other weekend trip to the mountains- with last minute planning. I only decided during the week to head out backpacking so this trip was rather last minute. I called up Rory, who was free and down for adventure. We had planned during the week to do a hike in Jasper National Park called Watchtower Basin that would travel into a picturesque upper mountain valley. The trail would include fording a unbridged river too, which is a bonus! I had called and booked our backcountry site with the trails office, and all was well. However, it was not to be. I awoke Friday morning (the plan was to leave early Saturday) to a voice message from the trails office. The message explained that the day before, a lightening strike had started a wildfire, almost right over the trail we planned to do. The message advised us not to come into Jasper, as hikers who were on trails near the wildfire had to be heli-lifted out. So Friday morning was spent scrambling to find a new adventure that wasn't near the fire zone.

After consulting Rory, we decided on a hike off the David Thompson Highway- Farley Lake Hike. It was supposedly a very secluded lake, tucked into the mountains 16.2km away from the nearest road. So, we printed off a trail description/map and then headed out on Saturday morning. The road trip there was largely uneventful and therefore consisted of lots of jokes and attempts at rapping! We arrived at the trail sooner than we had thought- at 10:30am. We ate a delicious lunch in the parking lot and admired the slightly hazy mountain peaks through the trees that we would soon venture into.
[The peaks we would soon journey towards]

After lunch, we attempted to take pictures together but none worked out well, as per usual with us...
Right before heading down the trail, we examined a memorial we found for the First Canadian Parachute Battalion that parachuted into
Normandy during WWII. The weird thing was, it had absolutely no mention of anything to do with where it was located! (In the mountains in Alberta)
[The seemingly out of place memorial]

So, we began down the trail. Well, it was a broad walkway initially, as it accessed an easier, family-friendly day hike to Siffleur Falls. It only travelled about 500 meters before it crossed an awesome suspension bridge over the North Saskatchewan River.
[First good view of the bridge]

[Rory Crossing the bridge]

[View off of the middle of the bridge]

After the suspension bridge, the path turned into a boardwalk to the falls. We followed this for approximately a kilometre to a fork in the road that occurred shortly after another bridge over Siffleur River. It was at this fork that we branched off onto the actual trail to Farley Lake. We left behind the busy walkway to the falls and began a quieter, more rugged trail that began to lead upwards. We continued along this 'old road' (or so our trail notes called it) for a half an hour before we came to the next junction that was described by the trail notes. To our right, was a faint, narrow trail that supposedly turned into a bushwhacking short cut. However, we decided to stick to the trail we were on.

In retrospect, it may have been that decision that ruined our chance at arriving at Farley Lake.
[The old road we were travelling]

As we travelled, we laughed often, as our spirits were quite high. Although, it wasn't more than another half of an hour that we arrived at the first unmarked junction. We stopped and discussed for a while what to do, as it was not described by the notes. A small degree of doubt began edging its way into our minds as we decided to take the easterly, right-side trail. We continued along and then the trail began to climb again. We couldn't really tell where it was climbing to however, as we were surrounded by forest on all sides, and had been for over an hour. Soon we arrived at another junction that was also not described by the trail notes. It was slightly unnerving to have hit two in a row. However, after another discussion, we took the trail that continued to lead upwards (the left). We began looking and listening for a creek that we were supposed to pass over relatively soon. It seemed like forever before we heard the faint gurgling. Excited, we picked up the pace, and soon, the creek sounded like we were nearly right beside it. However, as we continued along, it began to sound fainter again, until it was no longer audible. We were a bit chapped. We seriously began discussing heading back, as it had been quite some time since the trail had matched the description.
[This little Quail was the basis for quite a few jokes on the trail!]

Soon, we decided that enough was enough and we turned back. As we journeyed back, we played what Rory called 'the ABC's game'. It was a time passer- we came up with a topic, then we had to go through the alphabet and figure out a word that related to the topic starting with each letter. We amused ourselves by coming up with a descriptor for the trail description for each letter. 'D' was deceiving, 'V' was vexing, and so forth! A couple hours later, we arrived back in the parking lot. In total, we had been lost for five hours. However, we both agreed that even though it was a bit disappointing, it was an worthy adventure we could learn from.

However, an issue still remained- we had to find a spot to camp. We figured we would hike up to Allstones Lake (a hike we had done before) to camp. So, a twenty minute drive later, we were readying to set off, once again. It was just after 5:00pm. As we began the familiar climb, it grew quite dark, with deep blues, blacks and purples dominating the clouded sky overhead. We soon grew exhausted, having already hiked many kilometres in our attempt on Farley Lake. We sat down after half an hour on the trail to Allstones and agreed that it wasn't a smart choice to continue in our exhaustion and with a storm brewing. So, yet again, we returned to the truck and just as we closed the doors, a huge rumble of thunder confirmed that we made a good call.

So, we began searching along the north saskatchewan river that ran parallel to the David Thompson Highway, via the truck, for a campsite. It only took half of an hour before we found a serene little grove of young aspens on the edge of the river in which to pitch our tent. With rain threatening to fall soon, we hastily set up camp, and cooked the meal we had anticipated all day- tortellini with alfredo sauce, one of our trail favourites. After our filling and reinvigorating supper, we began to relax a little and spent an hour or so skipping rocks on a calm section of the river, building a small dam out of stones, and then making a small, extremely sheltered fire, as not to pose a hazard to the dry landscape. After fully dousing our fire, we took a chilly but soothing pre-bedtime dip at the river's edge in the semi-darkness, and right as we did, rain began to fall. So, we retired to our tent, had some tea, and went to sleep warm and dry.
[Our little yellow home pitched amongst the young aspen trees that bordered the North Saskatchewan River. (My back was to the river taking this shot).]

[I really like this shot I took of our little fire at dusk in the mountains by the river!]

The following morning, we made up some savoury pancakes with syrup and ate until we were full. Then, we began packing up. As we did this, I took a few shots of the beautiful place that housed us for the night. The morning was relatively clear and there didn't seem to be as much smoke from the fire in Jasper!
[Looking north along the river from our camp spot]

From then on, our trip back home was mostly uneventful, except for a short stop we made in Rocky Mountain House to check out their skatepark! We decided to cut our skate stop short though, because we were tired of falling on easy tricks from our weariness, and we were also laughing much too hard at ourselves to accomplish much!

So, overall, the weekend adventure definitely wasn't what we were expecting. However, we had a great time and didn't regret going out at all, because experiences are always what you make them!

Cheers, and thanks for reading!

Lucas Dunbar

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Allstones Adventures

Backpacking to Allstones Lake

sunny 27 °C

"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." - John Muir

Cadon, Rory, Spencer, Colin and I began our adventure Saturday morning at 6:30am on my driveway. Having gathered gear and supplies the previous night, we met together in the bright morning sun to distribute food, organize packs, and then cram them into Cadon's Alero, which we affectionately dubbed 'Oliver the Red Wagon' once on the road. With the car sitting low from all the extra weight and occasionally bottoming out on curbs, we pulled out of the driveway and hit the road. The stoke was high as we set out, and the car ride was filled with excited talk about the coming experience. We proceeded along the Yellowhead highway, later turning off and passing through Seba Beach and Tomahawk. Once we arrived in Rocky Mountain House, we pulled in to Tim Hortons, because obviously, no Canadian trip of any sort is complete without Tim Hortons! After our pit stop, we headed straight into the majestic Canadian Rockies.

We had been driving along the David Thompson Highway for a quite a while when I suggested we pull over so we could double check the location of the trailhead, as Cadon couldn't remember off the top of his head. As Cadon googled where we needed to head, the rest of the group got out and stretched and I snagged a few pictures of the perfect blue sky, mountain vistas and the road.
[The beautiful David Thompson highway]

We discovered that we had driven five minutes past the trailhead, and so we pulled a sketchy three point turn, and then arrived shortly thereafter. Once at the trailhead, we unloaded all our packs, laced up our boots, and posed for an awkward group photo, but a couple people's eyes were closed so I omitted that picture from the blog!

The trail began across the highway from the little gravel turnoff beside the perfectly turquoise Abraham lake that served as a parking lot for the trail. Right off the bat the trail was super steep as we climbed into the cool shade of the sub-alpine forest. Once we hit the trees, the steep trail was littered with rocks and roots so there was plenty of grip for the steep, calf-burning climb.
[Spencer and Cadon leaning in to the steep climb]

We continued our upwards zig-zag through the forest for approximately an hour and a half with short breathers/water breaks every ten or so minutes. It was a long climb, and we all figured we were as sweaty as we had ever been, even though we were under the shady canopy of the forest. At one point, after crossing a small creek that was nearly dry, the trail became steep enough that I had to use my hands as well as feet. We all regrouped at the top of that one and agreed that we all didn't realize how gnarly the trail was beforehand. Our 20-30 pound packs probably didn't help much either! Not saying that we weren't enjoying ourselves, because climbing that mountain instilled an unparalleled feeling of freedom, triumph and adventure in us. However, some flies had taken notice of us at that point, so we put on some seriously toxic-smelling bug spray that Rory whipped out. As soon as we put it on, the flies lost interest pretty quick! After cracking lame jokes about how it could kill anything it touched, we lent some to a father and his younger son that we had passed on the climb who were moving at a slower pace, but were also backpacking the trail. Not long after that climb was another climb (we weren't even surprised at that point), but at the top of that one, things changed as the trees thinned out quite a bit since we were nearing the tree line. We looked back, and for the first time since we had entered the forest, we could see the breathtaking vista that surrounded us. We all took a few minutes to appreciate the wild beauty of the place we were in. It was a view that made the climb even more worth it!
[The trees beginning to clear!]

[Rory taking in the stunning vista. We parked on the edge of the lake you can see in the distance, and hiked starting there!]

After the trees cleared out a bit, we continued our upward trek. The trail had largely turned into shale, so footing became a bit more difficult. Shortly after, we reached a rock outcropping with a good view of a nearby peak and stopped to drop packs, eat some delicious trail mix Rory and I made the night before and hydrate.

After our ten minute break, we set out again. We were getting close to the top of the mountain we were on when the trail took a left and began traversing across the side of the mountain, instead of heading straight up as it had been. While walking along this traverse, on our left was a extremely steep slope down the mountain-side that made for amazing views and pictures, but extra cautious hiking.
[Hiking along the traverse]

We continued along the traverse that wound along the mountain for perhaps a few kilometres when suddenly, the trail started descending a bit! This was sort of a shock since we had pretty much only travelled upwards up until that point! The trail didn't descend far before curving right into the forest once again. The trail remained flat for a while before we came across a wooden post that had Allstones Lake engraved in the weathered wood. We were stoked, because this meant we were almost to our destination! We followed the trail for about a hundred meters more before we arrived at the lake! The cool, clear water looked so inviting to us, especially since we were pretty sweaty and dusty from the trail! We paused briefly for a few photos before following the shore to the far end of the lake, in search of a place to camp. Upon recommendation of a hiker who was headed out, we found a narrow, less-used trail that led up to a small flat clearing amongst the trees that would serve as a great camp spot!
[A view of the lake a few feet from the spot we chose to camp at! This was taken from the end of the lake, the picture is looking approximately where the trail came from]

We then set about preparing camp. We pitched our tents, organized some gear, and then set about preparing a bear bag. For those of you who don't know, all scented items (food, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) has to be kept a ways away from camp, strung high between two trees to keep curious bears away from camp and from our food! We used some rope Cadon had brought and began rigging the bag. We improvised a pulley with the rope around the trunk of a tree so we could raise and lower the bag for ease of access! I wish I had taken a picture, but I left the camera in the tent.

Once we had completed our camp chores, we decided to head down to the lake. It was late afternoon and we decided that a swim was in order. We stripped down to boxers and after a little bit of edging each other on, we dove into the crisp, cool alpine water. It was chilly, but it felt amazing to cool off, and clean off the trail dust. Colin impressed everyone by swimming all the way across the lake, and then back again! After hanging out by the lake for a bit, we headed back to camp to relax for a bit before supper. Cadon, Colin and Spencer took a nap while Rory and I played a game of 'Oh Hell' with a deck of cards that had been brought. Around 5:00pm, we all headed down to the lake again with our pots, stove and food in tow. We found a nice area along the shore with a few fallen logs to sit on to cook and eat.

Not long after we set up to begin preparing the Alfredo sauce and tortellini noodles we had brought for supper, we discovered that the fuel bottle for my little stove had a cracked O-ring. I was a bit chapped, because without that O-ring, we couldn't pressurize the fuel in order to use the stove. Thankfully, Cadon pulled out a little wire grill for cooking over a fire he had brought in case, and so we began working to get a appropriate fire to cook over. I began working on preparing the sauce, as I was the one who had brought the pots, while the others gathered sticks for a fire. We made a small fireplace out of stones that concentrated the heat pretty well for cooking. We made do, even though we didn't have the stove which would have made things must faster and easier! However, that was hands down the best Alfredo pasta I've ever had, partly because we had put in a solid day of hiking, but also because we had to work much harder to cook it!
[Our makeshift stove we were all pretty proud of, with a meal on the way!]

[Backcountry feels & meals]

After supper, Rory and I did dishes with a small amount of biodegradable soup we had brought. While we were doing this, Cadon made a discovery- our water pump wasn't going to work anymore! We weren't even fazed though, we had already refilled our bottles before the pump went! So after supper, we headed back to camp and made a small fire to relax around as dusk set in. When the flame died out, Spencer decided to head to bed while the rest of us crammed into Colin's tent for a game of 'President', 'Cheat' and 'Oh Hell' by lantern light. By the time we were done, the darkness was almost complete, and so we crawled into our tents smelling of smoke and good times, and went to sleep.
[Camp Vibes]

We woke around 8:40 the next morning, with everybody exclaiming how well they slept. We crawled out of our tents, and began packing up camp. Rory and I went to take down the bear bag, which remained untouched, so we were stoked! After everyone was packed, we went down to our cook spot on the shore and set about making pancakes in the warm, still morning air. We followed the same procedure as the night before- two kept us supplied with wood, Colin made sure the flame was right and Cadon and I worked on frying pancakes (which is way harder over a fire!) one at a time, because the pan only fit one. After we ate our fire smoked pancakes with syrup, we set about boiling some water to purify it, as our pump was toast. We then cooled the bottles of boiled water as best we could in the lake. After we finished, we set off, on our way out.
[Hiking out along the lake Sunday morning]

The hike back across the traverse was beautiful in the morning light, with the sun reflecting off the snow on nearby peaks. As the shale crunched under our feet, we talked about how excited we were to get A&W later on!

When we began to descend the steep trail we had climbed the day before, things got crazy as we half-sprinted, half fell down some of the steeper sections. It was hard not to run down those sections, but we survived using the slalom technique, zig-zagging back and forth across the trail. Going down a mountain like that is definitely hard on the toes, and Rory and I agreed that we preferred going up to going down. It took us much less time to hike out, considering the speed we picked up down the mountainside.
[The trail opening out towards our parking spot by the brilliant blue Abraham lake]

We had only taken an hour and a half to hike out, which was much faster than the three hours it took us the day prior! We had arrived back at Oliver the Red Wagon at just past 12:00pm. Rory, Cadon and I all happily peeled off our boots and changed into our Vans and Sanuks and pitied Spencer and Colin who had no shoes to change into. While we were putting our gear in the trunk, I wandered over to the edge of a bit of a ravine that looked down on Allstones Creek that fed into Abraham lake.
The water looked so inviting that we all slid down the shale slope and stripped down to our boxers once again to jump and flip off a small cliff we found. The water was extremely refreshing, and although Cadon cut his ankle on a rock, we all agreed it was a great way to finish off an even greater trip.
[Looking down on where we swam after hiking out]

Overall, it was an amazing trip and an amazing way to kick off a year of adventure. I learned a few things on this outing: always be prepared for gear failures, and bring more food than seems necessary because having extra is better than not having enough!

Lucas Dunbar

P.S: Please feel free to make suggestions to improve my blog as this is my first ever go at sharing stuff like this! :)

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Welcome to My Travel Blog

Hello friends, and welcome to my blog! Here I will be documenting my travels in the upcoming year through pictures, videos and stories. Please feel free to drop a comment on any of the posts, let me know what you think/anything else you would like to know!

My general travel itinerary for 2015/2016 is as follows:
- Allstones Lake Overnight Hike, Nordegg Area, Canada: June 27th- 28th
I will be hiking up to Allstones lake (~9km, one way) accompanied by two friends and we will explore and photograph the area, then tent on the shoreline for a night. The following day we will continue to explore the area and then hike out later in the day. We are primarily just going for chills and to break in some new gear- a mellow kick-off to my year of travel!

- Peru Missions Trip, Cusco Area, Peru: July 26th- August 9th
For this trip, I will be travelling with a team of seventeen young adults/youth group members to Cusco, Peru. From there we will be travelling to surrounding mountain villages and hosting day camps for the kids, assisting with construction/maintenance projects and helping with the operation of a conference for the women of Peru. At the end of the two weeks, certain group members, including myself, will hike to the famed mountain villa widely known as Macchu Picchu!

-Berg Lake/Mount Robson Multiday Hike, Robson Provincial Park, Canada: August 21st- August 23rd
I will be doing a three day backpacking trip with my dad up to and around Berg Lake, which sits at the base of Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies. We will hike ~21 kilometres the first day to arrive at our chosen campsite near the lake. Then, on the second day, we will be hiking around the lake, exploring and photographing the area. Then, on the third day, we plan to hike the ~21 kilometres back out!

-Germany/Europe Trip: departing September 14th with no planned return date, approximately early/mid April 2016
The largest/longest trip I will have gone on to date, I will be travelling to Germany with a friend to attend Bodenseehof Bible school. With afternoons, weekends and Christmas break free, we will be travelling and exploring Europe extensively from our 'home base' in Friedrichshafen. My friend and I also plan to extend our stay beyond the semester for ~two weeks to focus solely on travelling! We plan to visit many locations in Europe, hike, and snowboard in the Alps.

There are a few more 2-3 day backpacking trips in The Rockies that are not finalized at this time, however they will likely fall before the Peru trip!

Thanks for reading, check back soon!

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