HIKING THE BRUCE TRAIL: DAY 2 – THE GROTTO AND INDIAN HEAD COVE

(This post is a continuation of HIKING THE BRUCE: Day 1 – Halfway Log Dump to Stormhaven)   With it’s stunning rock formations and Caribbean-like water, Bruce Peninsula National Park is one of the most beautiful destinations to hike to in Ontario.  Plus with it’s close proximity to Toronto and Parks Canada having free entrance for Canada 150,…

MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH

Location: Mount Washington, NH, USA Starting Point: Pinkham Notch Visitor Centre, Pinkham’s Grant, NH Elevation: 6,228 ft (1,917 m) Route We Took: Tuckerman Ravine to Lion Head Distance: Approx. 12 KM (one way) Time it took us: 4.5 hour ascent, 3 hour descent Level of Difficulty: OW, MY JOINTS   This was our first HikeAddicts…

ALTITUDE: BECOMING AN IDIOT ONE STEP AT A TIME

Oh, the joys of living 230 ft above sea level. Breathing is quite easy for most of us in Ottawa. I never realized I took advantage of oxygen until a simple task like rolling over in my sleeping bag took my breath away. To give you perspective, the elevation of Mount Kilimanjaro is over 19,000…

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF HIKING KILIMANJARO

It has been exactly one week since the Dream Mountains team took our last steps off the beast that is Mount Kilimanjaro.  It’s only been 2 days since the majority of us got back to Canada.  To be honest it hasn’t been the easiest weekend adjusting back to Ottawa life (I’ve woken up twice not knowing…

JOURNEY TO KILIMANJARO: GEAR WE LOVE

One of the biggest stresses (for me) has been packing/ having the correct gear to get my ass up Kilimanjaro. As a regular hiker, you would think I would have all the right equipment. Wrong. Hiking the Gatineau Hills or a day-hike up a mountain in the Rockies is a tad different than an 8-day…

JOURNEY TO KILIMANJARO: TRAINING

We have just under two months before leaving to hike Kilimanjaro – meaning it’s time to step up our training game. As HikeAddicts, we like to hike as much as humanly possible, but we love to cross train and enjoy other activities and sports. When I found out I was doing this hike back in…

BEST WINTER HIKES AND SNOWSHOEING IN OTTAWA

HikeAddicts don’t let a little snow and freezing cold temperatures keep us from enjoying our favourite trails… As long as there are a couple of lattes waiting for us at the end of the trail. A couple things to remember for winter hiking: We highly recommend getting crampons (things you attach to your boots) for…

SLOW COOKER PALEO CHILI WITH BACON

I thought our first “Eat” post should be something simple, delicious and PERFECT for this time of year. I adapted this recipe from the Whole30Recipes Instagram account while I did my first Whole30 back in September. My boyfriend can be picky at times (especially when I experiment with healthy recipes), but he loved this chili! So…