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Looking back on the first image I captured as I began my day of paddling the Kathleen River and I now know the beast that lies within her beauty. Paddling the four lakes, each connected with just a small taste of what lay ahead. The quick turns, strainers and few stops to portage around log jams were yawns compared to the aggressive creature that was lurking ahead. Read my full story on the 48km day in my the new KayakOntario Magazine, link in bio. “There is peace even in the storm.” #vincentvangogh • • • • #explorecanada #exploreyukon #sharecangeo #shotoncanon #canoncanada #thetoolforadventure #knowyourraft #msrgear #unrulydreamers #sealline #wernerpaddles #parkscanada #canada150 #enjoycanada #sunrise #waterflowpaddling #otvadventures #outside_project #optoutside #valhallakingdom #paddlingmagazine @rei at Kathleen Lake

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After having hiked up over 10kms that morning. River crossing after river crossing, jumping from rock to treacherous rock. Our knees and ankles pushed to their limits with each step on the slippery, uneven surface. We had reached our greatest obstacle of the day. The over 1000metre climb out of Hoge Pass loomed upon us. With its slick rocks, to loose shale, to the smooth and rutted tundra grass, to shale again, this was the most formidable obstacle. And as we reached the ridge we were overcome with adrenaline and pride. We thought it would end us for the day, but instead it inspired us and we pushed on, to finish the day with 28kms of hiking and an incredible amount of accomplishment. “How will I know who I can become if I don't give myself the chance to try new things, to push myself beyond my normal boundaries?” #eileencook • • • #exploreyukon #explorecanada #enjoycanada #mountainlife #mountaineering #hikingadventures #otvadventures #optoutside #blackdiamond #hikinglife #exploremag #canada150 #sharecangeo #shotoncanon #canoncanada #yourshotphotographer #valhallakingdom #outside_project #adventureculture #adventuretime #unrulydreamers #msrgear at Donjek, Yukon Territory

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I stirred in my sleeping bag and felt the brisk air nip my neck. Slowly I sat up and stretched, wrapped a jacket around me and unzipped the tent. The crunch of the frost and the crackle of fresh, frozen snow blew in on the cool breeze. The sun perfectly silhouetting the mountain that stood in our way. The drop to the valley below, only darkness. The world still tones of grey and black from the frozen night. And as I climbed out into the morning, the sky lit like fire and the world was colour once again. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive-to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love-then make that day count!” #stevemaraboli • • • #explorecanada #sharecangeo #shotoncanon #canoncanada #canada150 #msrgear #homeiswhereyoustakeit #thruthepaces #unrulydreamers #valhallakingdom #otvadventures #mec_nation #vssl #vsslvoyager #mountainlife #travelyukon #exploremag #outside_project #outdoorwomen #getoutthere #woodsexplorer #yourshotphotographer #lightconquers #mountaineering #sunrise at Mount Robert Henderson

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You can’t imagine the attachment one gets to their gear until you are out in the wild and all you have to survive, and get out are those items and the wilderness. Whether it be my Jeep, becoming my home, or my dry suit, keeping me warm, they become like family. But this vessel, this packraft, became a part of me. Travelling down the Noatak river 600kms, scooting me quickly away from swimming grizzlies, hauling 30 days of food and gear within it, to allowing me to avoid hours of extra bush whacking and yellow jacket nests to reach the base of Skihist. To being on my back when I and my body reached my breaking point hiking a notoriously difficult route in the Yukon. The day after I hiked into this hidden lake though, was our true bonding moment. Testing this boat and myself on 22 Kms of class 3-5 rapids, littered with strainers and sifters (fallen trees), I found myself more fearful for my boat than myself. To reach our destination 48kms later, collapsing with emotion at what we, my boat and I had just achieved. An attachment you won’t understand till you experience your life in the trust of your gear. “Together we share a bond not even death would violate.” #deeremy • • • #selfportrait @kokopellipackraft #thetoolforadventure #knowyourraft #packrafting #paddlecanada #waterflowpaddling #explorecanada #exploreyukon #canadiantraveller #stohlquist #exploremag #outside_project #outdoorwomen #paddleliving #valhallakingdom #otvadventures #enroutemag #enjoylife #sharecangeo #shotoncanon #yourshotphotographer #paddlingmagazine at Yukon

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I focused in on the gorgeous landscape that now lay in front of us. Our first trees like the points on a saw, breaking through the tundra and adding depth to the pristine surroundings. As I look through my lens, a shadow enters. A young grizzly makes his way along the shore towards us, and just as soon as I see him, he smells us. Like a mirror image, we both stand at attention, senses going, we gaze at each other, with curiosity we watch and wait for the other to make the next move. Undaunted, the gorgeous creature back on all fours, carries on towards us, stopping every few steps to smell and watch as we slowly slide our packrafts back into the river and float by in awe at the majesty of this incredible wild. “Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” #amitray • • • • #thealaskalife #alaska #explore #grizzlybear #wildlife #wildlifeplanet #wildlifephotography #wildlife_perfection #animalkingdom #valhallakingdom #optoutside #otvadventures #animals #animaladdicts #sharecangeo #shotoncanon #yourshotphotographer #natgeowild #outdoorwomen #outside_project #outdoorphotography #wild #bear #vsslvoyager #vssl #enroutemag #canadiancreatives #canadiantraveller @canadiantraveller @canadiancreatives @vsslvoyagers @outdoor_life @outside_project at Noatak River

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It’s amazing how we can drive past a place every day and have no idea of its potential and beauty. The day I finally turned off the highway and followed the winding road up, deep into the Callaghan Valley introduced me to an incredible new world. Not only did It introduce me to dog sledding and a new passion, but each season, it presented new and incredible experiences and beauty. As the mud sprays from the tires of our ATVs and I watch the snow slowly falling onto the mountains around, I can feel the earths pace. The sounds of the engine seem muffled and drowned out by the serene silence that surrounds me. “I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” #shakespeare • • • • #onlyinwhistler @gowhistler #canadian01 @canadian01 #hitcase #mountainlife #atv #quading #aavahan @aavawhistlerhotel #explorecanada #explorebc #otvadventures #unrulydreamers #mec #mec_nation #outside_project #whistlerblackcomb #enjoycanada #adventureculture #adventuretime #valhallakingdom #canadiancreatives #shotoncanon #sharecangeo #enroutemag at Callaghan Valley

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This may be my favourite time of year. Each step feels like a different world; with the crunch of the crisp leaves one minute, to the unexpected splash from the prior days snow fall now slush and slowly seeping back into the earth as it does into my boot. My vision overwhelmed with the vibrance of the white mountains and the coloured trees, blending as my eyes follow the glowing blue water of the Fitzsimmons River to the old wood bridge I now stand upon. The crowd that walks past, a blend of bikes and boards, boots and toques to heals and dresses. There seems no bias this time of year. And as the trees sway in the cool wind, and I watch the last few leaves float down and land on a patch of untouched snow, I feel a calm, I feel welcome and I feel present. “-fall- the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” #laurendestefano • • • Captured with the new @hitcase pro and wide lens. #hitcase @gowhistler #onlyinwhistler @aavawhistlerhotel @canadian01 @whistlerblackcomb #whistlerblackcomb #whistlervillage #mountainlife #autumn #landscape #landscapephotography #sharecangeo #explorecanada #enjoylife #enjoycanada #canadiancreatives @canadiancreatives #mountainfm @mountainfmradio #mec #fall #leaves #outdoorwomen #otvadventures #hellobc #explorebc at Whistler, Canada

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It’s hard to put into words the feelings that come over you as you scramble up a scree field to the summit of the highest mountain in your sights. You no longer feel the exhaustion you started the day with. The pain through-out your body from 25 days on expedition no longer exists. The fear, now gone and replaced with confidence, with adrenaline, with a knowing. A knowing that, as you look down on the world and what you still have standing in your way, in the physical and the metaphorical sense it truly is small. You have already endured the hardships and conquered them. Perhaps loosing that smile briefly along the way, but now standing strongly your smile is wider than you could ever imagine and you laugh with pure overwhelming joy. And you can’t speak. You just embrace and enjoy that high. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” #ursulaleguin • • • Captured with the new @hitcase pro and superwide lens. #hitcase #selfie #motivationmonday #vssl #vsslvoyager #natgeoadventure #yourshotphotographer #explorecanada #exploreyukon #canada150 #canadiangirl #hikingadventures #valhallakingdom #otvadventures #outside_project #outdoorwomen #unrulydreamers #mec_nation #adventurer #mountainlife at Mount Robert Henderson

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It already feels like a life time ago wading through the marshes of the Columbia wetlands. Lining my kayak up creeks, down beaver shoots, and over dam after dam. Trudging almost as much as I paddled. I still dream of those wild lands and how little of one of North America’s largest intact wetlands I have been able to touch upon. The over 15,000 hectare wetland has captivated me since the first moment I laid eyes upon it. Watching it transform from shallow lakes, full of incredible diversity, to its white meadows of snow with herds of elk running through the freshest powder. The images of this place forever imbedded in my memory. #tbt “The wild is where you find it, not in some distant world relegated to a nostalgic past or an idealized future; its presence is not black or white, bad or good, corrupted or innocent... we are of that nature, not apart from it. We survive because of it, not instead of it.” #reneeaskins • • • Captured on the new @hitcase pro and Superwide lens. #hitcase #waterflowpaddling @waterflowpaddling #stohlquist @stohlquistcanada #vsslvoyager #vssl @vsslvoyagers #enjoycanada #explorecanada #explorebc #sharecangeo #canada150 #cwf_fcf #exploremore #valhallakingdom #otvadventures #outdoorwomen #outside_project #hellobc #optoutside #unrulydreamers #paddlingmagazine #rapidmedia #paddlelife #adventuretime #enroutemag #yourshotphotographer #canoekayakmag at Columbia Wetlands

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The warm pool I had been soaking in to start my morning brought memories of the hot springs I had hiked in to years ago, and then to feel the cleanse of the, just above freezing shower took my breath away and brought me back to reality. As I ran and snuggled up in the cozy robe and sat by the fire, I once again found myself slipping back into memories. Summers at my cabin, camping in Alaska, mountaineering in the Yukon and paddling down the Grand. The sounds of the water, the fire crackling, the tingling of my skin, the refreshing cool morning air, and the feeling of stillness. I felt calm in a place I have often been overwhelmed. @scandinavewhis #scandinavespa @gowhistler #onlyinwhistler Captured with the new @hitcase pro and wide lens. #hitcase • • • • #explorebc #explorecanada #enjoylife #cleanse #enjoycanada #bnwphotography #bnwmood #bnw #bnwsouls #blackandwhite #waterflowpaddling #water #canadiancreatives #canadiantraveller #newexperiences #enroutemag at Scandinave Spa Whistler

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After summiting our third mountain in three days we worked our way along the opposite ridge. It had already been a test these few days in Tombstone Territorial Park working our way out of the park to the west and now looping back in. Exhausted we decided to try to side hill and avoid another small peak. With two cameras around my neck, a full pack and many litres of water for the day( collected from the 10x10 patch of snow), I slowly followed each foot step. I felt my eyes watching each piece of the loose scree tumble down the 1000 plus meter drop. There were no mistakes here. It was either you do, or you die. As we rounded the bend we gazed in fear at the cliffs that blocked our way. I looked back at what we had just done, then the cliff, then back to our foot prints. This moment was, in our 50 days on expedition, the most terrifying. With each step, a deep breath, with each breath, a little motivation. “Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” #rabindranathtagore • • • Captured on the new @hitcase pro. #vssl #vsslvoyager #hitcase #vpokingdom #valhallakingdom #sharecangeo #yourshotphotographer #natgeoadventure #mountainfm #mountainlife #mountaineering #adventuretime #outside_project #otvadventures #travelyukon #exploreyukon #explorecanada #ospreypacks #woodsexplorer #unrulydreamers #canada150 #hikingadventures #hikingculture #mec #mecnation @explorecanada @exploremagazine @hiking_collective @hikingram @ospreypacks @mec @msr_gear @woodscanada @valhallapureoutfitters @vssl @vsslvoyagers @outsidetv @natgeoadventure @cangeo at Tombstone Territorial Park

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Tune in tomorrow, Monday 23rd, at 8am (pacific time) and hear the stories behind some of my favourite images, live on Mountain Fm!!! Not in British Columbia? download the new Radio Player Canada app or visit the Mountain Fm website, to listen in! Beyond excited to share with you all and overwhelmed with all the support locally and world wide! “It is better to dwell on the beautiful things in life than the negative.” #lailahgiftyakita • • #mountainfm @mountainfmradio #hitcase @hitcase #otvadventures #paddlingmagazine #natgeowild #discoverearth #sharecangeo #shotoncanon #wildlifephotography #vsslvoyager #vssl #explorecanada #enjoycanada #enjoylife #sealline #stohlquist #canada150 #thealaskalife #explorebc #hellobc #squamishisawesome #waterflowpaddling #exploresquamish #exploreyukon #explorealberta #yourshotphotographer #natgeoadventure #outside_project #outdoorwomen

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Breaking for some well earned snacks, the wave turned to perfection and it was instant excitement again. The green waters clapped as if an alarm, calling the paddlers back out. The wave’s beastly waters had opened up just moment before to giant whirlpools and holes, now a smooth, elegant monster remained. I could see the adrenaline in the men’s eyes as they each paddled up along the rocks to view their entrance. And one by one they slowly, with a deep breath, paddled out and dropped back into the mouth of the powerful creature. Now they were feeding off the waters energy. “Waves don’t think, plan, and prepare to better their rise after every fall. They are pristine as they are.” #pavitraa • • • • #stohlquistproteam #stohlquist @stohlquistcanada #paddletime #paddlecanada #paddlinglife #kayaking #kayaktime #seakayaking #surfkayaking #kayaksurf #kayaklife #explorecanada #explorebc #sharevi #sterlingkayaks #currentdesignskayaks #canada #canadian #canadiancreatives #canada150 #sharecangeo #shotoncanon #canoekayakmag #paddlingmagazine #rapidmedia #adventurekayak #otvadventures at Octopus Islands

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Startled, I leapt up from where I was seated making dinner on the sandy bank. A huge black mass was running down the beach straight at us. No sooner had I stood, than the creature stopped abruptly just as startled as I. The most gorgeous of caribou, and as I realized I needed not be fearful I sat back down to enjoy my dinner. So too, the caribou began to munch on the brush along the shore. As we both became content in the shared space, a single gust of wind lifted the loose silt and blew tufts of seeds from their rest into the air. Just as quick as the wild had entered my life, the wind settled again and we enjoyed the stillness together over our dinners. "Feel your emotions, Live true your passions, Keep still your mind." #geoffreygluckman • • • • #thealaskalife #alaskamagazine #alaska #sharecangeo #shotoncanon #yourshotphotographer #mountainlife #caribou #cwf_fcf #reflectionsofnature #otvadventures #wildlife #wildplanet #wildlifeplanet #wildlife_perfection #wildlifephotography #valhallakingdom #animalkingdom #animalplanet #discoverearth #natgeowild #enroutemag #unrulydreamers #earthfocus #optoutside at Noatak River

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Stripping away all the adventures, all the experiences, good and bad, I am like you. Passionate and determined. I have the same body, the same mind as any other. We are connected as beings, male and female. Light brightens the shadows the same for all. The darkness blankets our days the same. And The highlights shine through the heartache. The more we all focus on the path of light, the brighter the negative can become. "I'm not here to be small, to compare, to judge (myself or you), to fit in or to be perfect. I'm here to grow, to learn, to love, to be human." #suefitzmaurice • • • • • #metoo #shotoncanon #bnwphotography #bnw #bnwmood #bwn_life #blackandwhite #bodypositive #beauty #light #selflove #selfempowerment #whstrong #womensbest #fitwomen #humanity #compassion #bodyimage #womenempowerment #womenshealth #womensday #womenpower #canadiangirl #canadiancreatives #curves #expression #loveyourself #love #bepassionate at Squamish, British Columbia

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We braced ourselves for the gust we could see headed our way. It blew down and across the giant glacier that now stood at our backs, lifting any loose snow and then silt. Expecting a chill from the ice we were shocked to feel the warm force of the powerful wind. The sand and moraine felt like pins, stinging our skin as it whipped by. Looking down the valley to the impeding wall of the sandstorm, excitement came over us. We had experienced every other force by nature, and this would be another test. One we knew would only add to our incredible journey and tale. "Until you step into the unknown, you don't know what you're made of." #roytbennett • • • • #mountainlife #yourshotphotographer #shotoncanon #sharecangeo #explorecanada #exploreyukon #weather #ospreypacks #mecnation #valhallakingdom #otvadventures #wind #natgeoadventure #garmin #adventureculture #optoutside #unrulydreamers #hikingadventures #hiking #outside_project #vssl #hikingculture #outdoorslife #canada150 #woodsexplorer #vsslvoyager at Donjek River

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"Hole-left-left-ledge-tree-right-breath!" I talked myself through each move, trying to stay calm. When I set out that morning I had thought it was going to be a long day of paddling four lakes, and what I had witnessed to be a mellow river for the 40 + kms. Soon after finishing the lakes I was thrust into the 22kms of Class 3-5 rapids. Looking up the cliffs that slowly enclosed the river, I knew the only way out was to push on. Test my skills and my fears. Alone. I collapsed onto the well manicured lawn of the park 48kms later. My body trembling with adrenaline, exhaustion, and then realization. I was lucky. I had shocked myself at my focus, my ability to stay calm, read the river and paddle through. A quick lesson learned on going in blind, and one I will not repeat. "It takes courage...to endure the sharp pains of self discovery." #miriannewilliamson • • • Captured with the new @hitcase pro and super wide lens. @kokopellipackraft #kokopelli @waterflowpaddling #packrafting #whitewater #paddlelife #paddlinglife #paddlecanada #explorecanada #mountainlife #pelicancase #garmininreach #garmin #paddlehard #kathleenriver #exploreyukon #iphoneography #iphoneographer #natgeoadventure #yourshotphotographer #redbull #paddlingmagazine #rapidmedia #otvadventures #vsslvoyager #vssl #vallhallakingdom #adventuretime #thetoolforadventure at Kathleen River

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Rain beating down, we pulled off the river for a quick break and as we hopped in place a sound from the alders, then another. The small howls of five wolf pups blew on the wind. We both froze, again, two small howls straight ahead of us and more just right. Camera in hand, we slowly, crouched over, headed up the beach. When two black wolf puppies sauntered out on the rocks, one sitting down, looking over his shoulder and playfully running back to his brother. Then both running back into the brush, before making an unexpected appearance as they ran straight at us. Another call from the others and we left the two to see. Climbing the bank we did our best to stay concealed peering in to the brush, there sat three more wolf pups. Sitting a top their den watching us. As they scampered away we turned and were overwhelmed with feelings. Never in my life did I think I would be allowed into such an incredible and beautiful world! "Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced." #johnkeats • • • #sharecangeo #yourshotphotographer #natgeowild #shotoncanon #wolf #wolfpup #cwf_fcf #wwf #thealaskalife #alaska #alaskamagazine #discoverearth #wildlifeplanet #wildlifephotography #animalkingdom #animallove #wildlife #conservethewonder #reflectionsofnature #wildlife_perfection #wildplanet #mountainlife at Noatak River

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