A few weeks ago, the Friends of Carmanah Walbran held a beautiful event celebrating the 25th anniversary of action in the Walbran Valley. It was an awesome weekend filled with hard labour, laser shows, cave explorations, hikes, and good times! (PS, the food was incredible)
After years of trekking in the valley bottoms and coastlines of Vancouver Island, I finally decided to look up to the mountains and venture towards the alpine. This mesmerizing high country, with it's immeasurably vast landscapes, dramatic ridgelines and ice clad mountains, violently grabs your attention and does not let go. It's nature in it's rawest form and it completely reveals itself to you, stripped from it's old growth forest and dense salal underbrush.
My first of 3 Strathcona trips this summer headed up to the popular Bedwell lake area of the park for a quick in and out of the area with a hike to the base of Mount Septimus. Our camp was stuck in a rain cloud for the first day and half, clearing up only as we got up and over the little pass to Cream lake. It was a short trip, but it left a major impression on me and an increasing obsession with the scree filled alpine high country.
I’m finally home and ready for some sweet sweet R&R.
I had a wonderful time with Aidan and Julia in Berlin and Glastonbury was an insane, muddy, apocalyptical hallucination, but I’m now back in Victoria and so very happy it’s over for now.
I’m excited to get back to some forests adventures, rock climbing, and hanging out without a schedule (!!!!!!).
But I won’t be anchored in one spot for long. At 28 years old, I’m pulling a major adult move and buying my first car. The jury’s still out, but I expect to have my first set of wheels this week. Goodbye stressing out about borrowing people’s trucks to get out to the bush and hello crippling car bills ;-). I’m also hoping to announce an upcoming tour in the next month and a handful of summer concerts with a couple different groups.
As the train pulled into Martigny, Switzerland, I started feeling really nervous. I had come to the province of Valais to do some rock climbing with a man I’d never met, I was completely under equipped (read, I had nothing; no equipment, gear, or outdoor clothing of any kind), and I had never climbed outside of a gym before. On top of that, the weather report had predicted rain for the duration of my stay and I wasn’t sure how I’d get by without a rain coat….
Ever since I started climbing indoors about a year ago, I craved to leave the sweaty, loud, crowded gyms to climb outside on real rock. The problem was, I didn’t know anyone back home who would take me out. My mum had told me about a climbing friend of hers from her time as a nurse in Switzerland 30 years ago and suggested I get in touch with him. After finishing up a long tour in Europe in early June and with two weeks off in Berlin before heading home, I sent Lucien an email.
I jumped off the train and started peering at everyone on the platform. It’s a funny feeling trying to recognize someone you’ve never seen before, but as my gaze settled on the figure of an calm, smiling man with a halo of gray hair, I instantly knew it was him.
An hour and half later, I stood at the base of a giant slab wall jutting out in all directions. The rain had stopped, the sun had peeked through the clouds, my harness was on and Lucien beckoned me to go up. Over the next 4 days, I’d scrape, cut and shred every square inch of my forearms, legs and hands, spit my toenail in two, and do my first lead climb as well as my first multi pitch. It was an incredible trip.
Cover photo credit: Vivianne Roy
After 4 months on the road, 40 000km+ sitting in a car, and over 70 shows in front of 5 to 3000 people with Half Moon Run, Laura Sauvage and Hannah Epperson, our “Each Other” album release tour is finally over. From Bergen Norway, down to Milan Italy, over to Winnipeg, Chicago, Montréal, Warsaw, Glasgow and Barcelona, we got to see some incredible landscapes, meet some truly great people (Canadian Border Services in BC, you guys sucked) and play some effing awesome shows. Through all the shit, the full gamut of health issues and the sweet emotional backflips, the band survived and no one got beat up.
Still dazed from an insane roller coaster of everything, I’m currently recovering in Berlin, crashing on Aidan and Julia’s couch trying to figure out what the hell I’m going to do next. I’ve got a few more weeks before I head home and although there’s a lot uncertainty, there are a few projets lined up.
- Glastonbury with Aidan Knight: We’re heading to Glastonbury Festival!!!!! We’ll be heading there next week and will be playing a paired down accoustic’ish set Sunday, June 26th.
- Rock Climbing: I just back from an incredible 4 day rock climbing trip in the Alps. I’ll be posting that story and some pictures soon.
- Orchestra funtimes: I’ll be playing the Brahms Requiem in August for Hilary Coupland’s birthday orchestra. More details later in July.
We're making a few little changes over for the blogs! I had all my photography and music blog stuff spread out over 3 websites but now you'll be able to find everything right here. The other websites will still be left up and running in case you ever want to dig up an old post but all new music, photography, or anything else related posts will now be living here!
Hope this works out!