Via Ferrata, hiking and yoga.. summer is for adventures!

⛰Do you know what a Via Ferrata is?! It stands for “Iron Path” and originates from before World War I when then, they were used to move soldiers across the Alps more easily. It allows for protected climbing as each person is in a climbing harness with 2 leashes constantly attached to the cable along the path of iron.

⛰Europe has 1,000s of them all in Austria, Italy and Switzerland… Canada 🇨🇦 now has a few as well Woot!!

⛰Come on on Nordegg Waterfall Hiking and Yoga trip June 29-July 1 and make one of the days one to do a Via Ferrata with your guide extraordinaires from @girthhitchguiding!

Getting fantastic views while climbing protected

Waterfall hiking and Yoga

We have yet another hiking trip on the calendar under our Theme Hiking tab! This one is coming up soon – June 29 – and I hope you can take the time to join us! We will be based in the Nordegg area and go on day hikes to discover waterfalls!

At the end of each day, my friend Andrea will be here to give us a one hour of Yoga to stretch our hopefully not too sure muscles.. who’s in!? I am for sure!

Here is the link to our new Nordegg Waterfall hiking and Yoga trip!

Questions, concerns? Don’t hesitate to contact me, details in the Contact page HERE.

See you soon! Nathalie, Nat’s Adventure Travels Founder

Time to go backpacking

Yes that’s right, the back-country campgrounds are booked, you just have to check the trip list, pick one – or more! – , ask for time off – unless you are the boss ha! – pack your bags, and such and join us, we do the rest!

You owe it to yourself, take the leap and come check out what multi-day hiking / backpacking and back-country camping is all about! And don’t be shy if you’ve never done it before, we will adapt the trip to your pace and will teach every tips and tricks!

HERE is the link to our page and to book!

Of course, ask a friend or family member to join you, the more the merrier! If you can’t think of anyone, don’t worry you will meet new friends on the trip. I promise you won’t be disappointed, we can’t wait to meet you, see you soon!

Cheers, Nathalie – Nat’s Adventure Travels – Founder

The magic of waking up in the backcountry

Meet the Team: Shannon Buckles

Time for me to present you my new friend and hiking guiding partner Shannon! This incredibly well traveled lady – I drool at the list of countries she’s visited! – and mom of 3 who grew up playing outdoors, made it her every day lifestyle and takes her loved ones on all sorts of family friendly adventures.. lucky kids I say!

Shannon is proud to have added an ACMG certification to her resumé the last couple of years and can’t wait to take you and your families out for a day.. or more! Read more about Shannon HERE.

Trips Shannon – and myself! – would be super excited to take you on:

Our Calgary City Hikes – all details HERE.

Our Full Moon Hikes – all details HERE.

And of course any of our Custom Trips.. as in YOU choose When, Where, With who etc.. of course we us helping you with the planning! see details HERE.

Oh I can’t wait to make the full announcement on the international trip what we are concocting together to offer for this November.. hint: warm, luxuriously green and amazingly bio diverse country.. 😉 Woot!! Will you be IN?!

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Cheers, Nathalie – Nat’s Adventure Travels, Founder

Shannon in her element 🙂

Hiking / Day Hiking – Safety Items

This time I’m here to show you what I carry in my backpack for the safety aspect of my outings in the Rockies.. yes even for a day hike! Here is a link to my video clip 3 of 4!

About the bear spray: take it with you for sure in spring, summer and fall.. bears usually sleep in the winter.

You can find a useful detailed list in our FAQs here. Use the Contact tab if you have questions, thanks!

Happy hiking! Nathalie – Nat’s Adventure Travels’ Founder

Perfect spot for an educational video!

N.A.T.’s Home page update

We are very aware of the Covid-19 recovery being underway and each one taking it at a different pace which we fully respect. Our Home page has been updated with a message to our community and to reflect the measures now in place for everyone’s safety and yet mental and physical well-being..

…as yes it’s spring – soon summer – so let’s go hiking, it’s good for us!!

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Nous sommes conscients que la reprise après la pandémie de Covid-19 a déjà commencé avec chacun la prenant à son rythme ce que nous respectons pleinement. Notre Page d’Accueil a été mise à jour avec un message pour notre communauté et pour refléter les mesures maintenant en place pour la sécurité et aussi pour le bien-être mental et physique de chacun et chacune..

…car c’est le printemps – bientôt l’été – alors allons marcher, c’est bon pour nous!!

In Health / Meilleurs voeux de santé, Nathalie – Nat’s Adventure Travels

Alison and I hiking in k-country this week

Full moon hikes / Marches au clair de lune

NEWS! We are excited to launch our Full Moon Hikes this Friday June 5! If you’ve never been outdoor or hiking by full moon, this is your chance to go with a certified guide at a very reasonable price!

For all details and to book, click here: Full moon hikes

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NOUVELLES FRAICHES! Nous nous réjouissons de lancer nos Marches au clair de lune ce vendredi 5 juin! si vous n’avez jamais été en plein air ou marcher au clair de lune, voici votre chance d’y aller avec une guide certifiée à un prix très raisonable!

Pour tous les détails et et pour réservez, cliquez ici: Marches au clair de lune

We look forward to see you soon! / Au plaisir de vous rencontrer bientôt!

Nathalie, Nat’s Adventure Travels – Founder / Fondatrice

Hiking footwear

Let’s talk footwear! Yesterday i went on a hike which had a scree slope (= loose rock) to get to the ridge, yes we have a few like this in our beautiful Canadian Rockies! Some scree slopes are on mountains that have a hiking trail first and some are on what we call here “scrambles” which are harder than hikes.

So yesterday I saw someone struggling down the scree slope – in short shorts in the cold wind up there brrrr – who was wearing open toes birkenstocks 😲 Yikes!! It had a strap around the anckle which is the only good thing I could see about it.. barely any grip underneath, exposing most of the foot and especially the toes to the harshness of the rocks.

People PLEASE stop going for hikes up our mountains thinking you are going to the beach or something.. this is mountainous terrain and even if you don’t head up that scree slope close to the top, the trail lower down might be steep in places and most certainly will have roots, rocks, pebbles on hard ground or on rock slabs (which act as ball bearing = terrifying!).

Sometimes early season, parts of the trail will have hard packed snow or soft snow with ice underneath.. so Please do wear the right footwear! You can also refer to the gear / equipment list provided in our FAQ tab HERE.

Now we need more people educated on what it means to be prepared for outdoor adventures, so do me a favour and follow me on social media – IG and FB: Nats_AdventureTravels – like and share my educational posts and like and share my blog posts.. because yes, we need to have less costly rescues in our Rocky Mountains – both in BC or Alberta – this summer and always, thank you!

Cheers, Nathalie – Nat’s Adventure Travels Founder

All photos below after #1 are from @bcadvsmart Instagram post on the footwear subject.. have a read! (post with the pic of the yellow dog).

Calgary City Parks Hiking

I’m pretty excited to announce that on Monday May 25th, we are launching our brand new serie of Calgary City Parks Hikes as a way to celebrate spring and the end of the longest confinement of modern times!

Nature is waiting for us, I hope you can leave your screens for a couple of hours and join me/us on the path of discovery and recovery, of local adventuring and forest bathing!

Click Here for our hikes descriptions and for booking!

See you on the trails soon!

In health, Nathalie – Founder of Nat’s Adventure Travels

Hiking / Day Hiking – Shoes and backpacks

Here is the english version of my video clip 2 of 4 on Hiking / Day Hiking – Shoes and backpacks!

After our 1st episode on clothing we need to talk about shoes, backpacks and other important details especially for early season hiking! Of course I only show examples of what i have at home so you will need to do some online search to find what you need.

If you have any questions, I suggest you take notes and at the end of my serie of 4 videos, I will have a “live” video meeting so you can ask all your questions directly.. would this work for you!? I can’t wait to meet you then!

See you soon and enjoy!

Cheers, Nathalie – Nat’s Adventure Travels’ Founder

Photo prise la semaine passée dans notre parc provincial à 1h de chez moi 🙂

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