Tam McTavish

  • Climb the Kain Route on Bugaboo Spire

    I'm probably not qualified to give a thorough description of this route having only done it once, but with the guidebook out of print there isn't a ton of information out there. If possible I would encourage you to find the original guidebook, rat...

  • Backcountry Ski in Rogers Pass

    The back country skiing in riding in Rogers Pass is top notch. The snow quality and quantity is some of the best in North America with easy access to some very steep terrain.  What to Know Rogers Pass is known for it's avalanches. The whole pass s...

  • Hike Mt. Yamnuska

    This Alberta classic start just a few minutes off the Trans Canada. The trail begins gently through forests of Aspen. In spring and fall these are particularly lovely. Steadily the trail heads upwards bringing you to a three-way junction. Head rig...

    5.4 miles 855 ft gain

  • Climb the Grand Sentinel

    The Grand Sentinel has two routs on it. While it is hard to access it is a modern classic with bolted anchors, and Cardia Arete is a Sport climbing route. While I could offer my take on this classic,  Chris Perry' Banff Rock is a far better resour...

    8.6 miles 3612.2 ft gain

  • Climb Mt. Matier's Northwest Face

    Mt Matier is an excellent mountaineering route for newer mountaineers with glacier travel experience, and a lot of scrambling experience. In good condition the glacier is manageable with fairly straight forward route finding. The Trailhead is a ha...

  • Hike Vantage Peak

    This trip can be done as big day trip, or broken up over two days if you bring a tent. It makes for a great weekend trip from Vancouver. So good in fact Arc'teryx made a whole movie about it. Just beyond the ever popular Joffre Lakes turn off by a...

    4.7 miles 3618.8 ft gain

  • Hike the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

    The Kumano Kodo's Nakahechi route is the most common way to travel. It follows the original Imperial Route as the best marked of all the variations. It also never wanders too far from civilization allowing frequent snack and drink stops, and lodgi...

    47.8 miles 8530.2 ft gain

  • Rock Climb at Cougar Creek Canyon

    From the TransCanada highway, take the second exit into Canmore (from either direction), and head uphill on Elk Run Boulevard. At the top of the hill, across from the Iron Goat restaurant, there is a three way intersection, head right across the b...

    3.1 miles 49.2 ft gain

  • Scramble Mt Joffre

    From the trailhead on the Duffey Lake Road you follow the well-marked summer trail up the Cerise Creek. The trail heads south after the bridge and heads up onto the lower flanks of Joffre and onto a logging road. Eventually the road forks, and the...

  • Mosquito Creek Backpacking Adventure

    The Mosquito creek trailhead is on the east side of the Icefield parkway road just across from the Mosquito Creek Hostel. You park in front of the hostel, and hop across the road to begin the trek.The trail winds up the Mosquito Valley, occasional...

    18.7 miles 3822.2 ft gain

  • Climb Mt. Tupper in Rogers Pass

    Mt Tupper is an alpine rock climb. This means that while graded technically easy this can be a challenging on committing route and feels much harder then the 5.5 grade it receives. There is a good deal of difficult exposed scrambling. The ridge ha...

  • Ski Mt. Hector

    Mt Hector's main route requires a ski mountaineering ascent. It moves through a lot of complex avalanche terrain, across glaciers, and through many terrain traps. Most people will do this route in spring, aiming to be off the mountain before noon....

    8.6 miles 5275.6 ft gain

  • Hike to the Top of Cerro Yanaoaoa

    The route is access fairly easily from Sorayapampa. You follow the trail to the west of town, towards the lake. as you work your way up the gully you get to south western trail. Take this upwards. You can follow the trail up to the Incan Cross, it...

    6.8 miles 4068.2 ft gain

  • Camp at Hermit Meadows

    The trail head is located between the Rogers Pass Discovery Center and the Tupper. It's a good idea to head into the Discovery Center first and book the campsites as they do require pre-booking to use, and the fines can be steep. Campfires are ban...

    4 miles 2559.1 ft gain

  • Explore Lasqueti Island

    Lasqueti Island is a beautiful island that covers about 75 square kilometres.  It is one of the drier islands in the strait, and has some of the warmest waters too. The shores are dotted with arbutus trees, and feral sheep run wild through the woo...

    15.5 miles 754.6 ft gain

  • Climb the South East Ridge of Lady MacDonald

    Lady Macdonalds South East ridge is a route that has grown in popularity in recent years thanks to it's proximity to Canmore, intro level alpine climbing, and wonderful views. The Rockies Central Guidebook has the best images and descriptions of t...

  • Run/Hike the Healy Pass Loop

    Park at Sunshine Village just north of Banff. The first part of the trail is pretty dull. You follow the service road up the second village at Sunshine. It's fairly strait forward, but not much fun running a gravel road. The going isn't very steep...

    18.6 miles 4921.3 ft gain

  • Ski The Wapta Traverse over 5 Days

    The Wapta traverse is both in Avalanche terrain and on glaciers. It frequently can white out completely. If you are travelling without an ACMG ski guide the following is recommended: Skiers must have their AST 1 minimum, and formal crevasse rescue...

  • Climb Mt. Edith Cavell's East Ridge

    From the Edith Cavell Trail Head work your way along the well marked trails heading upwards above Angel lake.  The trail is strait forward until you get to a junction. There are two trails, one heading strait south, the other heading southwest int...

  • Hike to the Top of Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu is one of the world's most well known sights, and this reputation is rightly earned. The incredible views are hard to get to. With talks of lottery permit systems, and longer closure periods it's going to get more challenging to get t...

    0.6 miles 65.6 ft gain

  • Explore the Ruins of Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu is one of the world's most well known sights, and this reputation is rightly earned. The famous image everyone is used to seeing has more then one angle though. To the south of the city is a trailhead to the summit of the actual peak ...

    2 miles 1715.9 ft gain

  • Backcountry Skiing at Hero's Knob

    Hero's Knob near the Black Prince area offers some terrific ski touring opportunities. On the backside there is some reasonably steep terrain that makes for great turns, and a decently long run. There are a few options for Yo-Yo turns on the backs...

  • Climb the Silverhorn on Mt. Athabasca

    This route should not be attempted by novices. If you lack the necessary skills seek out one of the many guiding outfits in the area. Athabasca is very popular and it shouldn't be too hard to find a spot on a trip.  Without a guide formal educatio...

    7.1 miles 6108.9 ft gain

  • Scramble Sky Pilot

    Disclaimer: People have died recently because they thought they could just give'r on this peak. They thought they were being safe, and they believed they were experienced. This peak should only be attempted by experienced scramblers with experienc...

    9 miles 4019 ft gain