Monthly Archives: March 2008

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Gary is back from his skiing adventure in British Columbia. He’ll share the trip with you over the next three programs. We’ll begin in the town of Golden, BC at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. This is one big mountain. Kicking Horse boasts the longest vertical in the Kootenay Rockies at 4,133 feet. It has 106 runs, 70 inbound chutes and 2750 acres of terrain. We’ll learn about the history of the ski resort and the railroad town of Golden. We’ll meet some of the local characters who ski here including a young telemarker from Calgary and a 72 year old skier who loves the steeps and skis with a camera on his helmet. We’ll visit with some first time Kicking Horse skiers from Toronto and a member of the trail crew who works on avalanche control.

During his time in the area Gary stayed at a fabulous Bed & Breakfast in Golden called Home Lodge. We’ll meet the owners Simon and Lynn who escaped to the mountains of British Columbia a few years ago from Britain. And finally we’ll get to know a guy from the U.S who’s been coming to to Kicking Horse every winter for the past six years.

Next week Gary takes us to Purcell Mountain Lodge for some of the best backcountry skiing in the world. Call in your comments, suggestions and outdoor adventures to the comments line at 206-600-4557. Email Gary at and subscribe to DSO in iTunes.



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Welcome to the very first full video edition of Doing Stuff Outdoors. We didn’t know what to call it so we picked the incredibly original title of DoingStuffOutdoorsTV. (We had to call it something different from the audio version) This first episode is all about the sport and art of ice climbing. This is where people armed with ice axes and crampons tackle a frozen waterfall for fun. We went to the annual Ice Festival held on an island in the Kennebecasis River near Saint John in New Brunswick. Some of the best ice climbers from the region gather for this event and it attracts many beginners too.

We interviewed three climbers, Joe Kennedy, Denise Hamel and Steve Adamson. Steve is known as the grandfather of climbing in this area with many mountaineering expeditions from all over the world under his belt. They tell us what the experience and adventure of ice climbing is all about and why they do it.

We hope you enjoy the program. If you do let us know by calling our comments line at 206.600.4557. You can email us at or leave a comment here on this page. And if you like the stuff you find here be sure to subscribe to Doing Stuff Outdoors in iTunes and encourage your fellow outdoor enthusiasts to do the same.

Gary is out in the Canadian Rockies right now skiing and gathering more video and audio content for DSO. He’ll be back in two weeks with another audio edition of Doing Stuff Outdoors.


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It’s all about ice this time on DSO. First Gary and a group of his backcountry skiing buddies explore a frozen river in New Brunswick. It’s a trip they do every year, venturing through a wilderness area to reach the headwaters of the Kennebecasis River. It’s always an amazing ski through some breathtakingly beautiful scenery but skiing on a frozen, fast moving river presents some unique challenges, especially if the ice is unstable. Listen in as the group recounts the adventure as they take a break beside an old covered bridge.

From a frozen river we go next to Jasper National Park in Alberta for an icewalk along the floor of the Maligne Canyon, one of North America’s deepest. Warren Isbister tells us about the guided trip he took past frozen waterfalls with ‘Beyond the Beaten Path’.

And finally on this program we link up with Bob Cartwright of The Outdoors Station in the UK. Bob is the producer of some fabulous outdoor audio and video podcasts. He sent along an interview he did with Ed Bassett of EB Adventures at the UK’s first Canoe Expo. EB Adventures is an adventure travel company that specializes in kayaking trips and expeditions.

Next week you should be able to watch the very first full video edition of Doing Stuff Outdoors. It’s a program about ice-climbing. We’ll be back with another regular audio edition of DSO in about three weeks. Gary’s going to be in British Columbia doing some backcountry telemark and lift skiing and collecting audio and video content for future programs.

If you have suggestions for the show or stories you’d like us to do call our comments line at 206.600.4557, email me at or leave a comment on our webpage at And if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to Doing Stuff Outdoors in iTunes and other podcast directories. And enjoy the outdoors.



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