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Thankful Thursday. Today I want to say thank you to @getoutsideadventures. Jenna is the owner of Get Outside Adventures and she has been very instrumental for Uplift Adventures. When I (Heather) decided to start a company in experiential adventures, I decided that I wanted the best of the best. I started digging and researching to find, what I consider, the best training. I found what I was looking for: the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). A lot of people who want to get into guiding find this program a difficult one to swallow because it is a long process and it is expensive in comparison to other training. However, it is worth every single penny! There are different levels of guiding within the ACMG. I am a Hiking and Winter Hiking Guide. To be accepted into the program, we have to prove that we have the required experience in the mountains and 80hr Wilderness First Aid. The second step is to take a 9-day training program in the mountains, which is mostly outside. As students, we are quizzed on navigation, client care, trip planning, setting up camp, leave no trace practices, reading terrain, and the list goes on. Once passing this course, the guide becomes an Assistant Hiking Guide and then has to complete a minimum of 20 days in the field under the supervision of another Hiking Guide (or equivalent). This is where Jenna came in. I live in Crowsnest Pass and I searched and searched for someone who could supervise me in this area. I couldn't find anyone. I couldn't even find anyone in Fernie. So, I went to Canmore where Jenna is and she agreed to help me. Jenna went above and beyond to be the most wonderful mentor for me. She spent hours on the phone answering my questions and reviewing trip plans. When it came time for me to take my final exam, she dug through her boxes (she was moving) and found old maps and information to help me with my exam. I am so humbled and honoured that Jenna was my mentor. I am proud to continue to call her a mentor and now a friend. The picture in this post is from my final exam, a 5-day practical exam in terrain that I was seeing for the first time. Plus, it was cold! See comments for the rest of the 'Thank You' at British Columbia
Usually it’s the mountains that are calling, this time it was the forest! at Canmore, Alberta
paddle boarding all my troubles away 🌊
board: @tentoesboards at Maple Bay, Vancouver Island
All smiles as this amazing couple finished their first ever backpacking trip!!! Did I mention they went for FIVE days!! Talk about jumping into the deep end! at Fish Creek Trail-Banff Nat'l Park
Even the little guys like to get out and explore the trails #dogswhohike at Castle Mountain
Some go to the mountains to ponder and find themselves... we go to the mountains to HAVE FUN!!! at Lake O'Hara
There is a heaven on earth! Our minds were blown as we hiked through #lakeohara at Lake O'Hara
We think her shirt would be better if it said “hike, rest, repeat!” Lovin life on the Women’s intro to backpacking course! at British Columbia
Sometimes we need a little reminder of how small we are in the world but how powerful it is to be part of a community! at Emerald Lake
We ignored TLC’s advice and went chasing waterfalls today. #takakkawfalls #laughingfalls #anglesstaircasefalls #pointlacefalls . . #getoutsideadventures #unforgettableab #tourofwaterfalls #yohonationalpark #besthikeever at Takakkaw Falls
All smiles this morning as we finished up our women’s intro to backpacking! No bears and a good night sleep! at Yoho Lake
Spoil yourself with the perfect combo; hiking with #getoutsideadventures followed by a three course meal at #irongoat. Words can’t describe this! at Iron Goat Canmore
Sometimes we need a little encouragement to recognize our potential at Canmore, Alberta
Our souls are feeling rejuvenated after a weekend of exploring #yohonationalpark at Marpole Lake
Discover the incredible benefits of forest bathing with us this summer, or simply just breathing in the great outdoors.
Summer is short and sweet around these parts and we want to get you outside with us as much as possible- so we have a lot of options. .
Take the time for a mental reset, a refocusing in clarity on where you want to direct your time and energy and the soothing effect that nature has upon the brain.
July 29, August 12, and September 15.
Classes in central memorial park on Wednesday’s.
Private group cave tours and mindful team building events on request.
#mindfulness #mindfulnessmeditation #meditation #canadianrockies #yycnow #yycevents #canmoretourism #canadianrockieswellness #canmorecavetours #getoutsideadventures #modernandmindfulyyc
Contemplating life! Sitting along an alpine lake is where all of life’s problems can be sorted!! at Lake Minnewanka
It’s always good to throw an adventure into life every once in a while! Spent the day exploring new terrain and taking in new views of #mounttemple at Lake Louise, Alberta
Who won’t get lost?!? This gal won’t! What an awesome day learning how to navigate with a map and compass! at Canmore, Alberta
A perfect spring day in #lakelouise hanging out with fine folks from Wilson’s mountain sports! at Lake Louise, Alberta
70 is the new 40! The fresh mountain air helps one feel young again! Sightseeing with a class reunion from 1961! at The Lake Louise Ski Resort & Summer Gondola
Wow! What a beautiful planet we live on! One of the things I find the most precious about my job is getting to introduce people to scenes like this for the first time and see them experience it through new eyes! So very grateful!!! at Emerald Lake
What a view!!! We tested our legs today hiking up #cox hill, but man...it was worth it!!
Empty trails, snow, birds singing, and awesome views! What an awesome way to start a day! #firstsnow #getoutsideadventures #graffiti #clevelcirquetrail #mybanff #unforgettableab at Lake Minnewanka
Spring is here! So cool to have this little guy 🦋 join the hike! #butterfly #getoutsideadventures #joy #canmore #hikealberta at Canmore, Alberta
What a spectacular day hiking with these fine folks!!!
Awesome first hike of our fitness/wellness series. So stoked to get out hiking for the next 6 weeks! #springishere #fitness #yyc #hikealberta #getoutsideadventures #unforgettableab at Morley, Alberta
Perfect day for a snowshoe adventure...guess who forgot to put on sunscreen!!!
Don’t be afraid to soar to new heights, push yourself, and be uncomfortable! For growth and opportunities happen when you step outside that box! ❤️❤️❤️ at Mount Garfield
Lovin the extended winter!!! ❤️ at Rummel Lake
I’m already dreaming of Christmas!!! Snowshoe adventures in a snowstorm. Perfect combo! at Rummel Lake
Outside is where I can feel my soul soar. What brings you closer to who you want to be!?!? at Canmore, Alberta
Sunday funday. Swinging tools with the grumpy old men :) at Banff, Alberta
What an amazing blue bird day! This is what makes my heart soar at Canmore, Alberta
Wow! Nothing says R n R like a picnic by a fireplace! Awesome day in #lakelouise at The Lake Louise Ski Resort & Summer Gondola
So much possibility, the hardest part is simply putting one foot in front of the other! at Canmore, Alberta
Wow, am I ever lucky! I get to explore such cool places with even more amazing people! at Canmore, Alberta
Wahoo!!! A long weekend!!! Nothing better than leaving the office behind and getting out on an adventure week! at Banff National Park
Lots to contemplate with views like this! at Canmore, Alberta
No better way to spend my free time!!! Exploring my backyard! #canmore at Canmore, Alberta
Cold winter days always warm my heart and rejuvenate my soul at Canmore, Alberta
Nothing beats nighttime adventures with friends
If only we could all follow this advice!
#getoutsideadventures #grafatti #798artdistrictbeijing at 798 Art Zone
Hear that? It’s you catching your breath!! Wowzers!! Impressive #mustgo #avatarmountains #travelchina #getoutsideadventures at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Awe inspiring views along tiger leaping gorge trek. Quite the contrast from the bustling city streets in China! #hikechina #travelchina #getoutsideadventures #tigerleapinggorge #explore at Tiger Leaping Gorge
TURN THE VOLUME UP! So cool to be in these beautiful mountains! Who doesn’t like playing with an #echo ? #avatarmountains #travelchina #getoutsideadventures #hike #beplayful at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Pictures can’t do it justice...everyone needs to add the avatar mountains to their MUST SEE list!! #travelchina #avatarmountains #getoutsideadventures #hikechina at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Off to different pastures. My hiking boots were calling my name. We are leaving the heat behind. Hiking #tigerleapinggorge in #yunnanprovince . A wonderful tea house based two day hike. #getoutsideadventures at Tiger Leaping Gorge
Hanging around...taking a break from the 30deg temps #cycletouring #cambodia #mekongriver #getoutsideadventures at Kratié Province
It’s all about the balancing act! Taking a ‘ferry’ from Koh Khnaer to an island where we biked on a VARIABLE ‘trail’ to Koh Phdau #cycletouring #cambodia #mekongriver #getoutsideadventures
A tree!!! Man, it feels so good to walk in the forest!!! #getoutsideadventures #connectwithnature
Each new day has so many opportunities, chances to learn, and experiences to live. What will you create for your new day? #getoutsideadventures #nofilter at Changchun, China
Beautiful morning stroll to feel reconnected to nature #morningmotivation #getoutsideadventures #changchun #northeastnormaluniversity at Changchun, China
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend has never owned a dog 🐶💜 #pembrey #pembreycountrypark #llanelli #ig_nature #get_outside_adventures_uk #getoutsideadventures #wanderlustwales #visitwales #gloriousbritain #country_features #country_life #igerscymru #explore_britain #exploresouthwales #thewalescollective #nature_shooters #nature_perfection #nature_brilliance #ntwales #happydog #talesofalab #labrador #chocolatelab #trees #treelovers #treescape #autumn #countrygirl #like4like at Pembrey Country Park
We are a bit behind #Canmore but I am still super stoked to have the first snow of the season!!! #Changchun #getoutsideadventures at Changchun, China
Friends come and go like waves 🌊 of the ocean, but the true ones stay, like an octopus 🐙 on your face! #tbt #templemountain #getoutsideadventures #unforgettableab at Temple Mountain
What to do on a day off in China?!?!? I bet skiing didn’t pop to mind! #indoorskiing #firstturnsoftheseason #getoutsideadventures #harbinchina at Harbin, China
Watch out world...I have a whip!! #trynewthingseveryday #china #getoutsideadventures at Harbin, China
Fall leaves 🍁 🍂 such a time for contemplation. #fall #china #harbin #getoutsideadventures at Harbin, China
Alright...fingers crossed...the smoke has cleared and northern lights are forecasted. Who's in for a unique adventure?
Oct 5 - full moon 🌕 hike! Click 👉www.getoutsideadventures.ca 👈 to register . . #getoutsideadventures #hikealberta #fullmoon #unforgettableab at Canmore, Alberta
I hear it ringing...I must pick up... #hikingadventures #hikealberta #getoutsideadventures at Bow Lake
Setting sun over the River Wye #tooutdoorsandbeyond at Lydbrook
Can't we spend the entire day here? #optoutside #banffnationalpark #dogsofinstagram #getoutsideadventures at Arnica Lake (sjö i Kanada, Alberta)
Ahhhh, soooo excited to be backpacking in the Canadian Rockies. Five ladies + private backpack = a tone of fun!!
#getoutsideadventures #sawbacktrail #pulsatillapass #alpinelake #unforgettableAB #womenwhohike #hikealberta #albertahikes at Pulsatilla Pass
Helloooo, helloooo, hellooooo! Making a wish down the 'well' #columbiaicefield #getoutsideadventures #travelalberta #icewalk at Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure
Ummmm coffee!!! Who doesn't like coffee in bed...backpacking style? #devilsheadcoffee #getoutsideadventures #coffee at Luellen Lake
Who knew something so small could provide soooo much entertainment. Better than a TV. Hiking the sawback trail in Banff National Park #getoutsideadventures #pikka #banffnationalpark #wildlife at Pulsatilla Pass
A new addition to the family. Stoked to get started on this project!!!
#getoutsideadventures #vanlife at Canmore, Alberta
The 'band shot' after hiking for five days! So good to laugh! #getoutsideadventures #womenwhohike #laughtillithurts at Lake Louise, Alberta
Best photo ever = Post hike hair! What an awesome week hiking from Johnston's canyon to Lake Louise! #getoutsideadventures #hikealberta #womenwhohike at Lake Louise, Alberta
For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate how amazing life is!!
#grateful #banffnationalpark #womenwhohike #getoutsideadventures #hikealberta
Snack bags for a five day backpack...oh, I'm getting excited!! We leave in 2days to explore the Lake Louise, Ab region!!! #getoutsideadventures #albertahikes #canadianadventure #banffnationalpark
Who said you can't eat like a king on the trail?!?!?! Brining the 5 start restaurant with us!!! #womenwhohike #womenfitness #dehydratedfood #calgaryfoodie #homemadefood #albertahikes #getoutsideadventures #backpackingfood
Like a wild flower; she spent her days, allowing herself to grow, not many knew of her struggle, but eventually all; knew of her light #arnicalake #twinlakes #getoutsideadventures #womenwhohike #wildflowers #tw7 #adventureisoutthere #hike #womensfitness at Banff National Park
Amazing views from the top of mt temple!!! The visibility blew me away. So great to get away from the smoke! #templemountain #whataview #lovecanada #getoutsideadventures
Views from the summit of temple. Looking down at paradise valley #templemountain #whataview #lovecanada #getoutsideadventures #paradisevalley
Inspiration for the day! Ran into this guy on West Wind Pass yesterday. His goal? Complete 150 hikes for Canada's 150th birthday!!! IMPRESSIVE!!! #inspired #westwindpass #150mountains #getoutsideadventures
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