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Hiking and Blister Prevention

I spent the first part of this week limping around town because I forgot my duct tape, and tore my heel apart. I came across a video from Backpacker with some good tips on blister prevention. There were a couple of suggestions which were pretty obvious like adjusting your lacing to avoid hot spots and stopping to air out your socks and boots to get rid of moisture. They also suggest wrapping your socks around the top of your boots to draw out moisture. First time I had heard of this. Once the blister develops, sport slick, moleskin, duct tape are all recommended.


Park Warden with a Sense of Humour

I am not sure where this sign was posted but if we do not get some rain soon I think we may see them in Kananaskis Country.

Bourgeau Lake Trail

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Here are some more photos of Bourgeau Lake and the trail to it.


Elbow Falls Caught on Video

I have been testing out a new camera, the Nikon P5000. I have been impressed so far with the quality of the photos. The video quality is also decent. Something like a waterfall can be difficult to video. Here is a short video I shot of Elbow Falls. The Elbow and the falls are impressive right now with the runoff. I was disappointed to see how much garbage there was near the picnic tables.


Heat Stroke and Dogs

This week the prediction is for temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Hiking wearing a fur coat can be tough. May be a good time to leave your dog at home. If you take your dog, choose your hike carefully. A hike following a creek or that ends at a lake, as opposed to a mountain top with no water sources, would be a good idea. I am amazed at how quickly my dog cools down just walking for a short distance in a creek. On a warm day starting a hike off with a swim will also help keep your dog cool for some distance.

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