Reading the Alberta Outdoors

In this post, I wanted to share with you some of the sites and books that inform many of the adventures that Sheena and I undertake.  In about a year and a half out west, we’ve collected a few hiking and outdoor related books in an attempt to find things we’re interested in.  I’d recommend most of these books to anyone that wants to see the outdoors in the Calgary and surrounding areas:

Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volumes 1 & 2 by Gillean Daffern (superb)
Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies Vol 2 by Alan Kane (excellent)
Fire Lookouts in the Canadian Rockies by Mike Potter (unique)
Canmore and Kananaskis Country by Gillean Daffern (informative)
Don’t Waste your time in the Canadian Rockies by Kathy Copeland (efficient)
The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide by Brian Patton/Bart Robinson (detailed)

In addition to books, we do a fair bit of web-research on our trips.  In the middle of annoying commercial websites (link farms that lead to nowhere and have no information to offer), there are a few personal websites/weblogs that stand out from the crowd.  These sites are rich with information on outdoor pursuits.  Because local sites are hard to find, I’ve included them below and in a new sidebar.

Dave Stephen’s website (a huge resource on outdoor trips)
http://www.dave-stephens.com/
Fresh O2 (from canoeing to scrambling, it’s here)
http://www.fresho2.com/index.html
Bou Avenue (many pictures and hikes from the past few  years) http://www.ucalgary.ca/~ssbou/photogallery.html
Drew and Mark in the Rockies (a plethora of info on climbing and scrambling)
http://members.shaw.ca/anugara2/
Road Not Taken (GPS info, maps, elevation profiles for scrambles and hikes)
http://members.shaw.ca/bspirko/index.html
Frank and Peter’s Mountains (another informative scrambling, climbing site)
http://robson3954.tripod.com/index.html
Waterton scrambling (a new blog with many of the above authors as contributors)
http://waterton.blogspot.com/

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