I am thankful for the hard relentless work that is done by The Ocean Legacy Foundation, all of the volunteers and other organizations involved in tackling our oceans plastic problem.
Everytime I go to grab a straw, bottle, utensil or any other unnecessary single use plastic or styrofoam product I am reminded of the devastation that I encountered on Lasqueti Island and ask myself do I really need it? Is there an eco friendly option to replace that item? Of course there are times where it may not be practical but it's important to be aware and question our actions.
Earlier this summer a group of us spent 4 days scouring beaches and coves on the island and in that short period of time we came back with numerous super sacs filled with styrofoam and plastic of all shapes and sizes.
It was very emotional seeing the horrendous state of these places we care about. I never fully understood how bad the problem was until it affected me personally. Our consequences have lasting effects that you don't see once it is no longer your problem.
If you're asking yourself how can you help and be a part of the solution I put a link in my bio with more detailed information. If you happen to be in Vancouver swing by the warehouse this week and join some incredible people to help sort all of the collected marine debris where it can then be repurposed and recycled!
For more information on the Ocean Legacy Foundation: They focus on transforming marine debris into a valuable resource. Their long term vision is to assist local and international communities in developing tools such as long term education, shoreline clean-up efforts and plastic-to-fuel technologies. Legends.
Thank you for taking the time to read all of this.
The Aiguille d’Entréves is a classic ridge traverse on the Mont Blanc massif that pushed me out of my comfort zone, in the best way possible. I have always wanted to get into technical alpine climbing to explore hard to reach places, but I’m only a beginner climber and had never before done anything that involved a rope or harness on top of a mountain at high elevation. I am so glad that @chrisbrinleejr had confidence in me and is a patient teacher, because it was one of the best days I have ever had outdoors. I am also grateful that @hayoui was right there with us, thankful that my girlfriend/adventure partner shares the same interests and we can push each other in life.
Whether outdoors or not, I feel it's always important to constantly challenge yourself and try new things. You never know where it will take you.
My @backcountry #GOATworthy moment.
Once arriving at the Aiguille du Midi station (3,842m) you have to descend down a knife ridge to access the ice field below. I always looked forward to this part, I don't think there is a better way to start your day of climbing!
In the first photo two random climbers are making their way down which gives a good sense of scale. The second is when we descended on a foggy morning, which ended up being less intimidating because you can't see how far you would fall if you did. Still gets your heart going though.
I met @chrisbrinleejr at a sushi restaurant when he was passing through Vancouver the other month. We were talking about future travel plans and discovered that we were both going to be in Europe at the same time. He eagerly invited @hayoui and I to join him in Chamonix to do some climbing. We didn't hesitate to say yes but warned him that it would be our first time doing anything to that extreme but he happily offered to show us the ropes (no pun intended).
Super grateful for the opportunity, weather windows and his patience showing us some of his favourite places on the Mont Blanc Massif!
I recently spent a week in the incredible Italian Dolomites and French Alps shooting for @duvine. Although I was not cycling myself (but still ate as much food as everyone who pedalled up massive mountains) I was really impressed with the professionalism of the guides and the locations in which the company operates. I made some new friends and left inspired by these passionate cyclists pushing their limits up steep mountain passes with endless switchbacks all for the love of the sport.
If you drive the famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, and then keep driving north on a windy dirt road until you hit the ocean, you will find the tiny, isolated community of Meat Cove. Giant cliffs and rock faces jet out of the Atlantic creating the ultimate ocean playground. @orukayak
In July @hayoui and I spent just over a month roadtripping from Ontario through to Newfoundland. For the both of us, this trip would be our first time paddling the Atlantic. From rugged, moody cliffs and otherworldly sea stacks to crystal clear white sand beaches, we would soon learn that Eastern Canada boasts some of the most impressive coastline out there. We put together a list of some of our favourite spots to kayak on the @orukayak blog.
Just got back from a whirlwind of a trip shooting for @travelnorthernbc in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. From soaring over massive glaciers to fishing for trophy rainbows we covered a lot of ground in a place that was far more incredible than I expected. Looking forward to sharing some stories and images from this trip! #travelnorthernbc
Until recently the Long Range Traverse was the only backcountry hike in Canada that required you to pass a navigation test before you started. With there being no marked trail you basically take your pick at multiple game trails that cover the landscape. Each day the weather had something different in store for us, at times not even being able to see 10 feet in front of us which made it quite tricky to stay on track. We brought a map but heavily relied on my phone using a GPS/topo app. Just before the trip I partnered with @otterbox, the timing was perfect since my phone was going to be heavily exposed. Despite the elements and my clumsiness, my phone stayed intact so we could navigate the traverse through Gros Morne National Park. A trip for the books.
The Lions are a familiar landmark here in Vancouver, you can make them out from almost anywhere in city. Even the most urban city dwellers would recognize these peaks. On this day in particular it almost looked like a remote island floating in the clouds, far away from the hustle and bustle below.
I love seeking new perspectives and discovering lesser known places while meeting passionate locals along the way. The #Explorer150 team and their drone powered by @Duracell share those same interests and are currently on a massive journey across Canada, follow the link bit.ly/explorer150 to discover more of what this diverse country has to offer. #ad #Canada #Nature
Even though there were literally thousands of northern gannets in front of me it took a lot longer than I thought it would to get a single sharp image of one mid flight. However, it was fun and I feel it's important to constantly challenge yourself!
I don't shoot a lot of wildlife photography but I admire the patience and dedication of those who do, especially those who have made careers out of it and devote their time to conservation.
If you're looking for some wildlife photographers to follow I would recommend these incredibly talented people who's work I admire: