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My favorite places to go are the trails around Courtenay and northern Vancouver Island for trail-running and hiking or biking. See my photos at www.flickr.com/photos/xtremepeaks and a Film World Tour athttps://www.bellingham.org/events/vimff-best-of-the-fest-world-tour/.

See my VIMFF presentation on Bhutan. Ebook is at:
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Spent the summer exploring the north from BC to Yukon and Alaska, with my Alpacka packraft, paddling lakes, rivers and in the ocean. See alpackaraft.com and wearing my dry top and pants from bombergear.com.

My lightweight gear helps me on camping trips, especially the 6 oz. Bushbuddy twig stove which requires no fuel to buy or carry on my trips.

Photos for sale at Getty Images.

My photos, book, calendars and cards are available at xtremepeaks.myshopify.com and see more info in the blog .

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by: xtremepeaks Sun Jun 02 23:38:42 UTC 2019    
VIMFF best of the fest tour in Bellingham, WA. June 24 8pm, advance tickets at http://www.pickfordfilmcenter.org

by: xtremepeaks Fri May 17 18:44:02 UTC 2019    

by: xtremepeaks Mon Apr 29 20:49:21 UTC 2019    
VIMFF World Tour of mountain films, skiing, biking, climbing, adventures in Nepal etc. Will be June 24/2019 8pm at Pickford Film Center in Bellingham: http://www.facebook.com/events/373394513268845/
and http://www.bellingham.org/events/vimff-best-of-the-fest-world-tour/

by: xtremepeaks Thu Sep 20 03:57:59 UTC 2018    
New book now published:

Living under the Dragon King - 4 years in Bhutan

by: xtremepeaks Mon Aug 06 18:57:55 UTC 2018    
ebook on itunes now available:

Tales of a Time Traveler

by: xtremepeaks Wed Feb 21 05:17:28 UTC 2018    
VIMFF presentation - Living under the Dragon King - 4 years in Bhutan. see on youtube:

by: xtremepeaks Wed Feb 21 05:13:04 UTC 2018    
Tales of a Time Traveler ebook on itunes now available:

by: xtremepeaks Sat Jan 13 21:26:31 UTC 2018    
VIMFF presentation Feb 13, 2017 in Vancouver - Living under the Dragon King:

by: xtremepeaks Fri Oct 20 19:13:56 UTC 2017    

by: xtremepeaks Sun May 07 17:28:22 UTC 2017    
Wild waterfalls and misty mountains - trails of the Pacific northwest: http://mntnvision.blogspot.com/2017/05/wild-waterfalls-and-misty-mountains.html

by: xtremepeaks Tue Jun 28 15:29:43 UTC 2016    
Video of Ecuador travels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH8kLn-i-rE

by: xtremepeaks Tue Jun 28 01:17:04 UTC 2016    
Northern Vancouver island hiking:
visit lakes, waterfalls, old mine sites and hike Forbidden Plateau.

And for those who dream about an adventure in the Andes - amazing hikes to some places off the beaten path:
to see crater lakes, volcanoes, hot springs, huge waterfalls, indigenous villages, weavers, musicians, flowers and abundant bird life.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Mar 04 21:39:14 UTC 2015    

by: xtremepeaks Fri Jan 23 04:21:41 UTC 2015    
Trails of the Nomads -- Hiking trips Bhutan to remote and hidden places - not done by regular commercial tours - led by hikers who lived in Bhutan for several years: <a href="http://mntnvision.blogspot.com/2015/01/wild-and-medieval-bhutan-trails-of.html" rel="nofollow">mntnvision.blogspot.com/2015/01/wild-and-medieval-bhutan-...</a>
This trip will be less costly than all the commercial treks that use way too many horses and camp in cold and rainy places. We can return each day to a comfortable hotel and relax with a spa and massage. Contact me at ih.gedu@gmail.com

by: xtremepeaks Mon Jan 05 04:53:18 UTC 2015    
Bhutan hiking tours, for the avid hiker, not offered by other commercial operators, led by myself, after living in the Himalayas for 4 years I explored all the most unusual and remote trails that even most locals have never seen. See places that no foreign tourist has ever been to - contact: http://www.lunglha.bt/

by: xtremepeaks Thu Dec 18 12:11:26 UTC 2014    

by: xtremepeaks Fri Aug 01 04:14:11 UTC 2014    

by: xtremepeaks Sat Jan 11 19:38:19 UTC 2014    
Join us on February 23rd, 2014 for the inaugural Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon in one of the world's most mysterious, beautiful and inaccessible countries.
Both events finish at the beautiful Punakha Dzong in the town of Punakha in the country of Bhutan.

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is a land of high mountains and deep valleys where compassion and wisdom are the benchmark against which all things are measured, and where the King rules by Gross National Happiness.

On your 26.2 mile(42km) or 13.1 mile(21km) journey through stunning rural countryside and villages, before finishing at the historic Punakha Dzong, you'll discover the geographical and cultural wonders of a country naturally designed to be a tantalizing destination for adventure and spiritual seekers. 100% of the profits made through this event will support Bhutans Youth and Olympic Sports programs.


by: xtremepeaks Mon Jan 28 21:22:03 UTC 2013    
Monkeys of Jigokudani Park in Japan frolick in the hot springs, photo of the day at earthshots.org:

by: xtremepeaks Tue Sep 18 03:44:02 UTC 2012    
Join the happiest movement! Support the film of our journey in Bhutan -- The Happiest Place -- and share this link with your friends.


Terri Schneider's blog:


by: xtremepeaks Tue Sep 18 03:43:11 UTC 2012    
Dirty Inspirations:

Terri Schneider's blog:


by: xtremepeaks Fri Aug 03 11:48:08 UTC 2012    
Day in the life of a monk
experiences at Nalanda monastery in Bhutan

by: xtremepeaks Thu Jun 14 12:38:28 UTC 2012    
Bhutan, a Shangri-La it isn't
please read the story by Jennifer Tuman, who lived in Bhutan, teaching at Gedu College - it is such a well-written, true story.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Jan 12 21:07:49 UTC 2012    
Teaching positions in Bhutan are available, see: http://www.bhutancanada.org and http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtremepeaks/6681582559

by: xtremepeaks Fri Oct 21 10:19:40 UTC 2011    
Congratulations to his Majesty and the Queen of Bhutan on their wedding October 14, 2011. All of Bhutan celebrated this historic occasion. We all wish the royal couple long life and much happiness.

by: xtremepeaks Fri Jul 15 09:10:56 UTC 2011    
I am enjoying life in the mountains of Shangri-La in the Land of the Thunder Dragon - the Kingdom of Bhutan. This land, a jewel of the Earth, is ruled by a benevolent king, whose only goal is to increase the Gross National Happiness of the Bhutanese. It is a privilege to be able to help His Majesty achieve this task. http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtremepeaks/sets/72157620594885445

by: SylviaJ Sat Mar 12 17:17:17 UTC 2011       email this member

by: xtremepeaks Wed Feb 23 18:54:48 UTC 2011    
my photo story made it to the Sikkim Tourism website now:

by: xtremepeaks Sun Feb 20 23:08:33 UTC 2011    
See my photo story about a trek in Sikkim at the Alastair Humphreys website (extreme biker and adventurer who biked around the world in 4 years) - Exploring Sikkim: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/2011/02/photo-friday-story-exploring-sikkim/

by: xtremepeaks Tue Feb 01 05:01:40 UTC 2011    
Great views of Hudson Bay Mountain http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtremepeaks/5405911073 from Chickadee Acres Bed and Breakfast http://chickadeeacres.com A new accommodation at Smithers, where you have a comfortable bedroom with views of the mountains, more trails to hike or ski starting from the house and it is a bird watchers paradise - on a quiet road away from the town center, near the trail at Malkow lookout. http://trailpeak.com/trail-Malkow-Lookout-near-Smithers-BC-3089

by: xtremepeaks Tue Feb 01 04:56:06 UTC 2011    
Testing out a new invention in Kimberley, the Skizee http://skizee.ca
The skizee is great for fast access to skiing terrain, that
requires a long tedious ski along a logging road. It is also
useful as a trail breaker and trailpacker for xc skiing.
See http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtremepeaks/5404835885

by: xtremepeaks Tue Jan 04 19:30:00 UTC 2011    
Blogs about Sikkim and treks in Yumthang valley at: http://mntnvision.blogspot.com

by: xtremepeaks Tue Dec 28 22:44:16 UTC 2010    
Trekking and teaching in Asia, presenting lectures at colleges in Bhutan and doing photography in Sikkim, Darjeeling and Bhutan the last few months.

see my Asia pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtremepeaks/sets/72157625577670154

by: snowflake26 Thu Jan 28 05:51:50 UTC 2010       email this member
Hi there
I am thinking about hiking to the high fire guard ski route you have posted. Just wondering if you have been out that way yet? And how is was?

by: xtremepeaks Thu Dec 03 17:54:50 UTC 2009    
Happy holidays and great skiing to everyone, greetings from the Purcells!


by: xtremepeaks Sun Nov 15 19:26:05 UTC 2009    
Toyota and its advertising agency have taken photos from flickr.com without asking the photographers for permission or paying any compensation. They have now taken down the 41 photos and apologized, but have not properly compensated the 39 photographers involved. I am one of the photographers affected
see http://www.software-cinema.com/blog/3/photo-news/72/more-corporate-thievery-this-time-toyota-and-saatchi-dont-they-get-the-photographer-needs-to-be-paid

and my photo that was used by Toyota 4runner site:

<IMG> on flickr at

by: xtremepeaks Thu Nov 12 05:29:16 UTC 2009    
Attended the Banff Festival of Mountain Films, watched great films and listened to speakers, went to seminars and met a lot of cool people, such as Dean Karnazes, Ueli Steck, Conrad Anker and Chris Sharma.

by: xtremepeaks Tue Nov 03 05:13:07 UTC 2009    
Traveling south from the Smithers area, winter has arrived already to the mountains with early snowfalls and high winds, the latest storms dumped a pile of snow from the Babines to the McBride area and I found the hiking very tough in the deep, wet snow, even snowshoeing wasn't easy.
I used my Yukon boots to keep my feet dry and warm, and they worked well in all these conditions. They are hand-made by Charlie Van Gorkom - see - http://hikingbootshandcrafted.com/snowboots.html

by: xtremepeaks Sat Oct 17 17:50:31 UTC 2009    
Did some great hiking and biking trips in Kluane Park at Alsek river, Shorty creek and Cottonwood trails. And continued down the Cassiar highway exploring trails and rivers in the Spatsizi Park area with good access to lakes and rivers using North Pacific Seaplanes.
Now in Prince Rupert area where you can reach the coast and islands with float plane flights too.

by: xtremepeaks Fri Aug 28 19:31:18 UTC 2009    
I have been traveling north on the Cassiar highway with some great hiking in the Spatsizi Park area and in the Cassiar mountains.
Planning to visit the Kluane Park area next for some hikes, biking and paddling trips in the Yukon.

by: xtremepeaks Sat Feb 28 17:27:14 UTC 2009    
I am attending the Fernie Mountain Film Festival this weekend. Friday night over 300 people attended the screenings in the Community Center. Winners of the photo contest were announced after the feature film.

The feature film: 3 peaks in 3 weeks - recounts the story of 10 women climbing the highest points of Africa raising money and awareness for the three key issues currently facing Africa; environment, education and health.

Also met local Fernie athlete Paul Attalla who completed a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat, 5000 km in 76 days, the 1st Canadian to do that in this rowing race. His presentation and video footage were exciting to watch as he recalls the hardships and joys of the crossing.

Other short films included snow kiting - riding the snow on skis and boards with kites in the open hills of Idaho; and exciting footage on trails by the Fernie Mountain bike club.

The Festival continues Saturday evening with more films and presentations.

by: xtremepeaks Fri Nov 07 01:09:37 UTC 2008    
I am currently attending the Banff Mountain Book Festival
and talking to various authors at the Book signings.
Started to read "Expedition to the Edge: Stories of Worldwide Adventure" by Lynn Martel of Canmore. It is a great collection of 60 compelling stories of contemporary adventurers. See more info and photos at http://www.lynnmartel.ca
Tonight is the announcement of the book festival awards.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Oct 02 02:47:19 UTC 2008    

Spent the last month in the Spatsizi Wilderness Park of northern BC at Cold Fish Lake, enjoying the great hiking trails, canoe trips on the lake, fishing for rainbow trout and climbing the nearby peaks.


by: xtremepeaks Tue Sep 02 02:57:40 UTC 2008    

Arrived here on the Cassiar road, and getting ready to go to Cold Fish Lake in Spatsizi Park where there are great trails to hike, mountains to explore and many lakes for paddling. Will be adding more trails to trailpeak soon.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Aug 28 23:03:56 UTC 2008    
TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - <i>Spatsizi Park</i>

My trips in the Yukon went well, I made it to many remote areas and enjoyed the scenery and photography. SPOT worked well, as my friends were able to follow my progress all summer. And my gear was great, including my Salomon Elios Mid XCR shoes that kept my feet dry and in good shape on my hikes.

Now off to Spatsizi Park for exploring the trails in the Cold Fish Lake area in September.

by: xtremepeaks Tue Aug 26 03:41:23 UTC 2008    

Visited Kluane Lake and the abandoned cabins at Silver City. Summer is over, it is getting cold and rainy, all the peaks are snow covered and the leaves are turning yellow and red. More rain is coming this week at Haines Junction.

by: xtremepeaks Sun Aug 24 23:15:36 UTC 2008    
TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Southern Lakes of the Yukon

More hiking and biking along the Haines rd, to Nadahini mountain, Mush Lake in Kluane Park and trails in the Park such as:
St Elias lake
Rock Glacier
Dezadeash river

by: xtremepeaks Wed Aug 20 01:04:40 UTC 2008    

I am heading to Kluane Park and Tatshenshini area for the next week,
hiking, biking and paddling some lakes.

by: xtremepeaks Tue Aug 19 01:04:00 UTC 2008    
TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Tagish and Tutshi lakes

Paddled my Alpacka packraft on Tagish and Tutshi lakes, visiting old cabins and placer mining operations.

Also did some biking in the area and hiked old mining roads on the mountains south of Carcross and near Tagish.

by: xtremepeaks Mon Aug 11 18:31:11 UTC 2008    

TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Fort Selkirk, Yukon an 1895 ghost town

My Yukon river trip to Fort Selkirk was great, amazing place.

see the trails info at:

by: xtremepeaks Mon Aug 11 16:51:41 UTC 2008    
TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Southern Lakes of the Yukon

I spent a few days in the Tarfu lake area, taking my packraft on the lakes, fishing and going out mountain biking and trail running on the nearby trails such as at
Now heading towards Carcross and Taku lake, Mount Montana and Caribou mountain as well as Mount Lorne.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Aug 07 18:26:58 UTC 2008    
I spent some days near Atlin lake, and found some good places to bike and hike on the O'Donell river roads. I also climbed Mt Monarch
and paddled my Alpacka packraft on Atlin Lake.

see the entry on trailpeak:

by: xtremepeaks Thu Jul 31 19:38:03 UTC 2008    
[B] TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Southern Lakes of the Yukon [/B]

I am heading into the Southern Lakes District of the Yukon to explore around Atlin Lake and hike various mountains of the area such as Mount Monarch
and Mount White http://trailpeak.com/trail-Mount-White-near-Whitehorse-YT-2230

by: xtremepeaks Wed Jul 30 20:43:54 UTC 2008    
[B] TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Fort Selkirk, Yukon an 1895 ghost town [/B]

Fort Selkirk on the Yukon river was an amazing place, a real national treasure of a well preserved town established before 1896.
I made it out to Pelly Farm, after paddling from Fort Selkirk and then a long walk via overgrown trails to my vehicle.
See my report at http://trailpeak.com/index.jsp?con=trail&val=4898

by: xtremepeaks Mon Jul 28 02:42:33 UTC 2008    
July 27th

The river trip went well, and finally this evening I arrived at Fort Selkirk, a most amazing historic town established in 1889. I am setting up my camp here among the old houses and will spend the day looking around and doing photography in the area.

by: xtremepeaks Fri Jul 25 15:06:20 UTC 2008    
[B] TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Yukon river to Fort Selkirk [/B]

I am at Minto, inflated my packraft and loaded it with gear for the trip to Fort Selkirk some 40km away on the Yukon River. I will spend the day paddling and exploring the many islands along the way, observing birds and mammals, and visiting historic sites.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Jul 24 20:24:41 UTC 2008    
July 24
TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Yukon river to Fort Selkirk [/B]

Getting on my mountain bike to ride some gravel roads back to the North Klondike highway and then proceed to Minto landing to camp there and start paddling downstream.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Jul 24 20:23:24 UTC 2008    
July 23
TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Yukon river to Fort Selkirk [/B]

I am near the Pelly River now, caming at an old homestead near Pelly Farm.
There are many old trails in this area, so I am walking down to the Yukon river to check out the correct route to follow when I come out from the river after Fort Selkirk. The area is prime habitat for grizzlies and black bears so I am proceeding to the river with caution, marking waypoints and track with my GPS.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Jul 24 20:22:41 UTC 2008    
July 22nd
TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Yukon river to Fort Selkirk [/B]

I arrived at Minto Landing on the Yukon river just downstream from the rocky cliffs of Five Finger Rapids. I will continue my trip north to the Pelly River after checking out conditions on the river and packing up my gear for the trip.

by: xtremepeaks Tue Jul 22 01:54:17 UTC 2008    
[B] TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Yukon river to Fort Selkirk [/B]

I have enjoyed exploring the trails of the Whitehorse area in spite of many rainy days. Some of the trails are too muddy for biking but my Salomon Elios Mid-XCR goretex shoes http://trailpeak.com/index.jsp?cat=draft&con=article&val=4878*ev were very handy to keep my feet dry under most conditions.

My next epic trip will be on the Yukon river north of Carmacks, past Five Finger Rapids.
I will camp near the historic Minto landing http://trailpeak.com/trail-Minto-Hill-near-Carmacks-YT-3680
and then go to the Pelly river where it enters the Yukon river. From here I will ride my bike back to Minto where I can use my Alpacka packraft to float down the river to the 150 year old ghost town of Fort Selkirk. I plan to spend a day in this area to explore and photograph the historic town and surrounding sites.

With my packraft I will continue another 6 km downstream to a landing at the Horsfall homestead of 1912. I will hike out from here on old trails and roads by the Woodburn homestead to Pelly Farm.

See my SPOT map during July 22-30 to follow my progress as I pass through some historic places and an area with a huge population of bears. I will post some photos after the trip.

by: xtremepeaks Sun Jul 20 02:44:40 UTC 2008    
[B] TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Yukon river packraft trip [/B]

I went to Whitehorse and started paddling my Alpacka packraft
http://alpackaraft.com near the Yukon river bridge. The current was fast
and there was a storm blowing in, with high winds pushing me from behind.
This was OK as I was traveling fast down the river to a wide area with
many islands where I could observe eagles and seagulls.
I landed below the steep banks, packed up my packraft in a pack and
walked back to my starting point via the riverside trails.
See the SPOT map and also
This is a great loop of river paddling and hiking, with zero emissions
to get back to your starting point.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Jul 17 18:46:51 UTC 2008    
[B] TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Fish Lake trails, Yukon [/B]

Yesterday I was in the Fish Lake area west of Whitehorse
where you can reach the alpine and walk along open ridges above the lake.
The skies were great at night, as I watched the sunset/sunrise from the high ridge.
I will be heading to the Yukon river next.

by: xtremepeaks Tue Jul 15 20:24:45 UTC 2008    
[B]TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Takhini river[/B]

I did a great paddling trip on the Takhini river yesterday using my Alpacka packraft http://alpackaraft.com and saw many beavers, eagles along the route. Got to the Yukon river, packed up my boat and jogged 5km to drop my stuff and pick up my bike at the house where I stay. Then biked back to Takhini Hot Springs, soaked in the hot waterfall at midnight and picked up my car by the river.

see trails here http://trailpeak.com/trail-Takhini-Hot-Springs-trails-near-Whitehorse-YT-4868

by: xtremepeaks Mon Jul 14 17:19:46 UTC 2008    
[B]TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Takhini and Ibex area trails

I am still in the Whitehorse area and doing a variety of hikes, trail runs
and bike rides in the Takhini river and the Ibex valley area.
Will be adding some more trails to our database soon, here is the MacPherson trails
and I will do some paddling on the Takhini river next using my Alpacka packraft

The Dawson Overland trail is still way too muddy to bike it, too much rain every day.

by: xtremepeaks Sat Jul 12 01:20:54 UTC 2008    
TEAM SPOT TRIP UPDATE - Mountain Biking on 37 Mile Creek trail

Had a great bike ride along 37 Mile Creek with views of the Sifton range. Trail not bad, but only suitable during dry weather as the old road becomes very muddy and slippery in the rain. The route goes to wetlands via mixed forests and to a ridge overlooking the valley, and finally ends at 37 Mile Lake. See this trail at


and SPOT tracking at

Then I went off to the Takhini Hot Springs which just re-opened recently. Some of my SPOT tracking points in the Takhini area did not show up, due to tree cover and not always facing the SPOT device to a southerly direction to transmit to the satellite.

by: xtremepeaks Sat Jul 05 10:05:59 UTC 2008    
Team SPOT update:

I am heading out for some biking on trails near Takhini river - will try to check out the Dawson Overland trail:
or if conditions are not very good, then head to Mile 37 lake.
Follow me with SPOT.

by: xtremepeaks Fri Jul 04 07:05:30 UTC 2008    
Team SPOT update:

In the Whitehorse area now and will be testing in the southern Yukon the SPOT device and my new gear from our sponsors. There are many trails close to the city and there is an excellent guide by the http://www.yukonconservation.org ; we feature some of these trails on trailpeak.
The Lakes trail http://trailpeak.com/trail-Lakes-trail-near-Whitehorse-YT-2874 takes you to some hidden gems above the river, Wolf creek trail http://trailpeak.com/trail-Wolf-creek-near-Whitehorse-YT-2788 follows escarpments above the creek and the Fish Lake trail http://trailpeak.com/trail-Fish-Lake-trail-near-Whitehorse-YT-2875 takes you to great alpine views.

I am taking advantage of the 24 hour daylight here to do some midnight outings to enjoy the magical northern skies at night.

And I will take my packraft http://alpackaraft.com to the Yukon river and the Miles Canyon area http://trailpeak.com/trail-Miles-Canyon-near-Whitehorse-YT-2886 also.

SPOT tracking missed some messages while I was doing trails above the Takhini river in a wooded area. Will test that area again for OK messages, from some clearings to see if it works. -- Yes it worked just now! In the Yukon I have to point SPOT in a southerly direction always to transmit to satellite low above the horizon.

by: smburt Thu Jul 03 15:27:06 UTC 2008       email this member
SPOT team update:

Istvan's latest post can be seen from Google Earth at this link:


You need to have Google earth on your system to see it.

-shannon Burt
east coast editor

by: xtremepeaks Thu Jul 03 02:10:19 UTC 2008    
Team SPOT Report

Post trip report:

I arrived in Whitehorse after a successful trip to the far reaches of Observatory Inlet to the ghost towns of Kitsault and Alice Arm.
I used my bike to travel logging roads to the abandoned mining town of Kitsault http://www.kitsault.com where over 1000 people lived in 1980.

Then I continued with my packraft to cross the inlet to the 1920's silver mining centre of Alice Arm. Here I found a number of restored cabins and new summer dwellings owned by various families from Alberta and BC who spend their vacation fishing and enjoying the remote solitude. But also I found business people who are starting an enterprise to revive 100 year old dams and generate clean power for BC. (http://www.anyox.com)

I was fortunate to be allowed to continue my exporations on bike along old roads and private access to the rich Dolly Varden silver mine of 1920-40 where remains of old rail tracks and equipment can be found. This road will be restored all the way to the Kitsault dam by Anyox Hydro http://www.anyox.com as part of their hydro generation work.
See my travels in coastal BC being tracked by SPOT.

Along the way I also had the great luck of seeing a white Kermode bear http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtremepeaks/2623153807, as well as discovering a black bear recently killed by the local grizzly. http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtremepeaks/2604799505

by: smburt Fri Jun 27 15:29:53 UTC 2008       email this member
SPOT the Adventure update:

Istvan is totally off the grid for a while, so here is a recent post updating this past trips and future progress:
-S. Burt

this is Istvan checking in. currently near Terrace, BC see me on the SPOT map:


my trails so far:







and heading to Kitsault on Alice Arm soon.

then up the Cassiar hwy to the Yukon and will do lots of exploring
around Whitehorse (late June)



and to fort selkirk on yukon river. (july)

I will be off internet next while for sure as I am out in remote coastal areas.


by: xtremepeaks Fri Jun 13 18:38:35 UTC 2008    
currently in the Kitimat and Terrace area, checking out trails and paddling. Heading further to the west coast to Prince Rupert and then to the Kitsault and Alice Arm area to search out abandoned towns and silver mines, and a dam that was built in 1920 which has developed cracks.
see my progress on the SPOT google earth map.

by: xtremepeaks Thu May 08 18:45:04 UTC 2008    
Got my new SPOT satellite messenger today and will be testing it this summer on my solo northern expeditions, traversing coast ranges and inlets, paddling trips on Yukon rivers and exploring the wilderness of the Spatsizi.

by: xtremepeaks Sat Apr 05 20:08:25 UTC 2008    
Living at Copper River Ranch now on a lake far from any towns and enjoying the deep snow as winter is not over yet.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Feb 21 19:29:27 UTC 2008    
Did some great skiing the past week, with extraordinary adventurer and author Jon Turk <a href ="http://www.jonturk.net">http://www.jonturk.net</a> and will be going to the Fernie Mountain Film Festival <a href ="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1420181392">https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1420181392</a>

by: xtremepeaks Tue Feb 05 18:45:47 UTC 2008    
Spending every day skiing in the Purcells west of Kimberley. The snow is deep and not well settled in many areas, trail breaking is hard work still.
My ski photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtremepeaks/2244874526 was used for ISPO winter in Munich for a poster by Primaloft.

by: xtremepeaks Sun Dec 30 20:42:00 UTC 2007    
Skiing the trails in the Kimberley area, covered over 300km so far in the backcountry. Snow conditions are not the best so far this year, but at least it is cool enough to keep the new snow dry and fluffy.

by: xtremepeaks Fri Nov 23 18:28:28 UTC 2007    
This photo of mine is published: www.flickr.com/photos/xtremepeaks/84097617
- featured in the book: "Gold Rush! - Desperate Stampede" by Scholastic Canada Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7791-6781-4 printed by www.cleanslatepress.com

by: xtremepeaks Sat Nov 17 16:16:26 UTC 2007    
I just published a book on blurb.com with photos of my Northern trip and stories of adventures with the amazing people I met.
See a preview of it at:
and click on Book Preview. (pdf file)

by: xtremepeaks Mon Nov 05 05:58:57 UTC 2007    
Back in Kimberley now after 15,000km of travel in the North over the last 5 months. Hard to believe that I am finally home and waiting for the snow now to start a season of skiing in the backcountry.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Oct 31 01:20:52 UTC 2007    
I was in McBride for a few days and hiked to 6200' on Bell mountain to check out the cabin and the deep snow in the alpine. looks like ski season is not far away now.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Oct 17 00:26:30 UTC 2007    
back on the road through northern BC, hiking at Telegraph Creek, Spatsizi, Hazelton and Kispiox valley. now in Smithers area, checking out the new snow on the peaks and find ski routes for winter.

by: xtremepeaks Mon Oct 08 06:31:53 UTC 2007    
it is now snowing in Whitehorse, winter is finally here!

by: xtremepeaks Mon Oct 01 19:05:55 UTC 2007    
made it to Whitehorse and then to Haines, AK where we are busy paddling the Alpacka packrafts on Chilkoot lake, Kathleen lake and Pine Lake.

by: xtremepeaks Sat Sep 15 20:04:29 UTC 2007    
I am in Dawson,Yukon; just returned from some great backpacking in Tombstone Park and along the Dempster hwy. Winter is coming to the north, snow is covering all the peaks now.

by: xtremepeaks Sun Aug 26 18:13:17 UTC 2007    
I am on the Canol trail in the NWT now, great remote wilderness and many peaks to climb.
nights are cold, some ice on the lkaes in the morning

by: xtremepeaks Tue Aug 14 13:10:28 UTC 2007    
Spatsizi was great. now in the Yukon finally, Watson Lake and then off to Faro and the Canol trail.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Aug 08 01:10:40 UTC 2007    
hiked in Stewart and Hyder area and now off to the Spatsizi.

by: xtremepeaks Sat Jul 28 18:28:25 UTC 2007    
made it to Prince Rupert and enjoying the hikes and paddling the inlets of the coast

by: xtremepeaks Mon Jul 23 21:29:30 UTC 2007    
I am now in Kitimat and paddling on the Kitimat river and in Douglas channel, with my alpacka packraft from http://alpackaraft.com
The scenery is great and many new trails to do around here. Such a great place for photos too.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Jul 18 16:36:50 UTC 2007    
Busy doing the trails in the Smithers area, Babines trails are in great shape, check out the trails on trailpeak (search Smithers). Still lots of snow up high and the bugs are bad in the bush.

by: xtremepeaks Sun Jun 17 19:01:43 UTC 2007    
currently in McBride doing trails and some paddling with my Alpacka packraft. Spent time at Mt Robson area, biking, hiking, trail running, was great, trails are in good condition.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Jun 13 02:50:41 UTC 2007    
I am on my way to the North, for exploring new trails in northern BC and the Yukon, and try out my light Alpacka packraft on some longer expeditions.

by: xtremepeaks Wed May 23 23:27:13 UTC 2007    
here is a short video of using the packraft from http://alpackaraft.com
see it on YouTube:

by: xtremepeaks Wed May 16 22:17:53 UTC 2007    
I am busy testing out my new packraft these days; this 5 lb inflatable raft from http://alpackaraft.com will get me to some really remote places in the backcountry this summer. And its a lot of fun and easy to use, watch for some trip reports soon.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Apr 12 16:36:33 UTC 2007    
Earth Shots Photo of the Day: 11 Apr 07 - Pemberton Icecap:

by: xtremepeaks Fri Apr 06 17:39:34 UTC 2007    
went skiing at Kootenay pass for a couple of days, nice spring-like conditions, good turns on shaded aspects. snow depth is great, nice views from the peaks.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Apr 04 16:19:44 UTC 2007    
Some good skiing for a couple of days near Fisher peak in the southern Rockies, had a 30+cm snowfall and nice powder conditions.

by: xtremepeaks Sun Apr 01 05:07:12 UTC 2007    
My picture of Marvel Lake in Banff Park is photo of the day at Earthshots.org

by: xtremepeaks Sat Mar 17 18:40:27 UTC 2007    
back from more skiing in the Glacier creek area of the Purcells, great snow until the weather warmed up too much.
pics at

by: xtremepeaks Thu Mar 01 16:51:16 UTC 2007    
back from enjoying some great powder at Mt Patrick, and now off to do more skiing in the northern Purcells.
one of my photos is featured on an eartshots.org video at

by: xtremepeaks Tue Feb 20 16:15:11 UTC 2007    
off to do some more skiing for a few days at some remote cabins west of Kimberley.

by: xtremepeaks Sat Feb 10 20:35:53 UTC 2007    
back home after skiing at Nipika trails, see:

by: xtremepeaks Sat Feb 10 20:34:53 UTC 2007    
spent 2 days at Nipika Rocky Mountain Resort, skiing most of the 50km trails and enjoying their hospitality. It has been a great winter there, excellent skiing conditions.

by: xtremepeaks Tue Jan 23 18:39:13 UTC 2007    
more snow in the Purcells, so out skiing every day.
my new Dakine gear is superb, can't say enough good things about the gloves, pack, base layers, poles.

by: xtremepeaks Tue Jan 23 18:25:02 UTC 2007    
Spent 2 great days at Blue Lake Centre, skiing and snowshoeing the various trails, staying at the comfortable Findlay Lodge.
Check out new trails I will add shortly.

by: xtremepeaks Tue Jan 09 05:16:33 UTC 2007    
Phenomenal snow this winter everywhere! I have covered over 450km on skis so far and over 70,000 ft of tele turns in the Purcells.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Jan 03 16:57:25 UTC 2007    
Had some great snow for skiing at Jumbo Pass. see some pics at

Winter access to huts of the Columbia Valley Hut Society is long and tedious via logging roads, a skidoo can be helpful. Call Ted in Invermere if you need a skidoo ride: (250)342-3793 or cell (250)341-1323. He is helpful and takes skiers to remote trailheads.

by: xtremepeaks Sun Dec 17 20:41:55 UTC 2006    
I will be off to the Jumbo Pass cabin for trailpeak ski trip Dec 20-24. Watch for trip report in the backcountry ski section.

by: xtremepeaks Sun Dec 10 17:35:47 UTC 2006    
I have been out skiing the trails near Kimberley and made many telemark runs on the Kimberley ski hill where conditions are excellent for early December.
The ski hill opens next weekend, see http://www.trailpeak.com/index.jsp?cat=ski&con=trail&val=2195
for more info and photos.

by: xtremepeaks Fri Oct 06 16:51:25 UTC 2006    
Just got some great news, my photo of base camp at Mt. Shishapangma was chosen as the weekly contest winner at flickr.com see:

by: xtremepeaks Thu Sep 28 17:23:44 UTC 2006    
Spent a week in the Jasper, Miette and Cardinal Divide area. There was up to 3ft of wet snow at Miette and on the peaks. Trails were in bad shape after hundreds of trees fell down and broke off. Lots of trail maintenance will be needed on the trails next spring to clear deadfall.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Aug 30 19:44:24 UTC 2006    
Back from a long journey through Northwestern BC, with hikes in Prince Rupert, Stewart, Hyder, Terrace and Spatsizi Park.
Sorting out my 1000 photos and notes on all the trails.
It was a great trip to amazing places.

by: xtremepeaks Tue Aug 08 17:56:38 UTC 2006    
I am in Smithers now, doing the trails in the Babine mountains. Great place, nice cabins, lots of hiking, biking and awesome skiing terrain.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Aug 02 00:41:12 UTC 2006    
I am in Prince George - doing all the trails in the area. This whole place is hikers and skiers heaven, from Robson Park to McBride and PG. Heading on to Smithers and further north next. Taking lots of photos and notes along the way.

by: xtremepeaks Thu Jul 20 22:40:06 UTC 2006    
I am off to research more trails and mountains in northern BC and Yukon now. Back home in early September I think.
Will have many new photos and trails to add to trailpeak then.

by: xtremepeaks Wed Jun 21 17:51:45 UTC 2006    
Back from Jasper. Kiwi Lisa and I did about 110km of trail run in Robson Park and Jasper North Boundary trail.
We stopped 25km short of Snake Indian Pass Sat. afternoon due to slow going because of the rain, mud, flooded trails and wet clothes.
See some pics at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wasabi42/

by: xtremepeaks Tue Jun 13 18:50:49 UTC 2006    
Off to Jasper park for a few days. My xtreme buddy Lisa and I will attempt a one day trail run from Berg Lake at Robson to Snake Indian Pass on Jasper North Boundary trail and back. A total of 164 km over 2 days from the road.
If you dont hear from me next week, then I perished in this attempt.

by: xtremepeaks Sun Jun 04 23:47:40 UTC 2006    
Fun weekend at adventure race, team 3 Yaks and a Yeti finished race in 35.5 hrs


by: xtremepeaks Fri Jun 02 00:41:04 UTC 2006    
Off to Castle mntn ski area for the weekend to help out a team at the 36 hr adventure race.

by: trailpeak Wed May 31 05:23:02 UTC 2006       email this member
Your trail pics on flickr are quite amazing Istvan. Did you get the pack from Vanc?

by: xtremepeaks Tue May 30 16:38:37 UTC 2006    
Helped rescue Jefrie Alexander of Cranbrook who was walking 4 days on hand-made crutches with broken leg in the bush.

by: xtremepeaks Tue May 30 16:36:56 UTC 2006    
Spent the last week about 200km trail running in the Kimberley area.

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