One of the reasons I started This Adventure Life was to create a community of outdoor adventure enthusiasts. I envisioned a website that adventurers around the world could use as a platform to share their journeys. I also had bigger goals, one of which was creating meetups. I wanted to inspire people to get out and explore the world as well as creating and fostering friendships between like-minded people.
Our first This Adventure Life hiking meetup was such an amazing experience for me. We decided to host our first hike in Kananaskis for many reasons. Not only does it offer completely stunning landscapes and hikes year-round, but the area boasts some of most adventurous people in the province of Alberta. Our audience is also largely in Alberta, so we wanted to meet them in person and really see how they like to adventure! Everyone in the group was a character! All interesting with stories to tell! I wish I could have stayed longer, just to hear more of their journeys. But we will be back!
Please enjoy these photos from the snowshoe hike to Rummel Ridge. We pushed ourselves, got lost a few times (thankful for that GPS!), shared stories, had some good laughs, took tons of photos and pushed through to the summit where we were treated to insane 360-degree views of Spray Lakes and surrounding mountains and had our well-deserved lunch. It’s moments like this that make me realize that it isn’t about the summit, it’s about the journey, the people you meet and the memories made.
See you on the trail, hopefully at our next meetup!
Everyone’s in good spirits at the summit! Taken by Kirsten Alexis.
Mt. Engadine as seen from the trailhead. Taken by Simon Jette.
Beginning of the hike. Sarah and Isabelle leading the way. Photo by Simon Jette.
Casey is all smiles! Photo by Rob Porteous.
A scenic lookout point. Taken by Kirsten Alexis.
Having a blast and taking a break. Taken by Casey Marshall.
Charging back up the mountain. Taken by Rob Porteous.
Always nice to look back and see how far you have come. Not a bad view either! Taken by Simon Jette.
Still going uphill, following the trail. Photo by Simon Jette.
Almost halfway there. Or so we thought. Photo by Rob Porteous.
Isabelle and Sarah have their game faces ON! Photo by Simon Jette.
A happy selfie. Taken by Kirsten Alexis.
Took a little detour. Photo by Simon Jette.
A nice little downhill break. Photo by Simon Jette.
Rob taking a break from filming. Photo by Kirsten Alexis.
Feels good to be lost. This led to such a stunning spot. Taken by Kirsten Alexis.
Sarah leading the way. Photo by Simon Jette.
Simon checking out the mountain view. Photo credit Simon Jette.
Rob and Kirsten checking out the fresh powder. Taken by Simon Jette.
The crew. Photo by Casey Marshall.
Taking in the views. Photo by Rocky Serate.
Heading back to the trail. Photo by Simon Jette.
Back on trail and ready to summit! Photo by Simon Jette.
Hiking through the trees may leave you covered in snow. It felt refreshing actually. Photo by Rocky Serate.
Smile. It makes the hike better! Taken by Rocky Serate.
Checking out the views on our breaks is motivation to keep going. Photo by Simon Jette.
Just a bit more trail until we’re above the tree line! Photo by Rob Porteous.
Coming out of the trees. Photo by Simon Jette.
The view of Spray Lakes above the tree line. Taken by Kirsten Alexis.
Rob leading the way up the ridge. Photo by Kirsten Alexis.
Almost summit selfie. Taken by Rob Porteous.
Almost there, I promise! Photo by Simon Jette.
The final push. Photo by Rocky Serate.
Almost there… Taken by Simon Jette.
Just a few more steps… Taken by Simon Jette.
At the ridge. Taken by Rocky Serate.
Mountain peak views from the summit. Totally worth it! Photo by Kirsten Alexis.
Worth it. Taken by Simon Jette.
360-degree view of mountains at the top. Photo by Kirsten Alexis.
All smiles at the summit! Photo by Simon Jette.
The best place to eat lunch is at the summit. Taken by Rob Porteous.
Taking in the summit view. Photo by Rocky Serate.
Happy at the summit! Photo by Rocky Serate.
Getting one last look. Photo by Rob Porteous.
Group shot. Photo by Kirsten Alexis.
And back down we go! Photo by Rob Porteous.
Founder and main contributor to This Adventure Life, Kirsten Alexis has passion for all things adventure and the outdoors. She is an avid participant in action sports, such as skydiving, paragliding, snowboarding, high-altitude trekking, mountain biking, surfing and more. She is passionate about inspiring others to live their wildest dreams as well as conserving the environment for others to enjoy for years to come.