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Feb 5, 2019

Tim and Whitney have been adventuring together since their first date. Living in the mountains benefits a lifestyle centred around hiking, kayaking, and most recently, caving. Pushing boundaries, facing fears, and finding patience are all a part of their journey through both life and the cave. Keep reading to see how the adventure-lovers fared.

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  • Jan 21, 2019

    There is something a little bit odd - disconcerting even - about standing at the entrance of Rat’s Nest Cave on a cold winter day and feeling warm air pouring out of the cave. That can’t be natural, can it? Caves are supposed to be damp and cold, aren’t they?

    How is it that even on the coldest days of the year a dark hole in the side of Grotto Mountain maintains a modicum of warmth while the rest of the countryside succumbs to the long, deep freeze?

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  • Jan 7, 2019

    It’s hard to imagine a winter vacation in the Canadian Rockies without skiing or snowboarding, especially with the quantity and quality of ski resorts within such a short distance. And there’s no denying that standing on top of a mountain with blue skies above you and perfect corduroy or knee-deep powder below you are the things dreams are made of.

    But what do you do when the winds are whipping and just the thought of sitting on the chairlift makes your toes go numb? Or you’ve skied out every last drop of pow you can find? Spent so much time in the lift lines that the lifties know you by name and they’re getting *really* friendly?

    The good news is that the Canadian Rockies are home to some of the best non-skiing winter adventures you can find, and here are 5 favourites we’d recommend adding to any ski vacation:

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  • Dec 1, 2018

    We’re rolling into the Holiday Season and let’s be honest, you may not have dry-cleaned your outfit from last year. We don’t blame you. Why rush to clean it now when you can spend your holiday party in your athletic wear?

    Skip the awkward small talk with your coworkers and get straight to the fun, exhilarating times. Here’s how to surprise your team with a one-of-a-kind holiday party that will be talk of the water cooler for months to come...

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  • Sep 12, 2018

    No, this isn’t a Tarzan like story and the Rat’s Nest Cave isn’t where Max met his Jane, at least it’s not the likely story based on our conversation about his wife’s feelings towards the cave. He wasn’t technically raised in the cave either, but he did spend a good portion of his childhood exploring it with his parents.

    Max does describe the cave as his true home, while his house is just somewhere he sleeps at night. Spending equal hours inside it and out, he’s intimately familiar with what’s currently been discovered of the cave so far. Max’s story is more similar to discoverers like Sir Robert McClure who was the first to transit the Northwest Passage. Keep reading if you want to hear all about how he came to caving and why he still sticks with it.

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  • May 14, 2018

    Around the town of Canmore there are three relatively easy-to-access sites home to ancient pictographs, which are paintings that have been made on rock with a mixture of red ochre and grease - not to be confused with petroglyphs, which are etchings made in the rock. While the pictographs have faded over time (and unfortunately also due to vandalism) it is still possible to see the original paintings at Grassi Lakes, Grotto Canyon, and Rats Nest Cave and they are a great way to sneak a peek into a piece of the valley's past.

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  • April 25, 2018

    By weekday, Charlotte Moller is a Calgary-based computer programmer and mom of two teens.

    By weekend, she’s a caving enthusiast, exploring some of the most fascinating underground hollows in the Canadian Rockies.

    While Charlotte loves the unique thrill of caving, she’ll tell you that it’s a passion that entered her life quite unexpectedly – and required some time to win her over.

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  • Feb 5, 2019

    Tim and Whitney have been adventuring together since their first date. Living in the mountains benefits a lifestyle centred around hiking, kayaking, and most recently, caving. Pushing boundaries, facing fears, and finding patience are all a part of their journey through both life and the cave. Keep reading to see how the adventure-lovers fared.

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  • Jan 21, 2019

    There is something a little bit odd - disconcerting even - about standing at the entrance of Rat’s Nest Cave on a cold winter day and feeling warm air pouring out of the cave. That can’t be natural, can it? Caves are supposed to be damp and cold, aren’t they?

    How is it that even on the coldest days of the year a dark hole in the side of Grotto Mountain maintains a modicum of warmth while the rest of the countryside succumbs to the long, deep freeze?

Read More

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  • Jan 7, 2019

    It’s hard to imagine a winter vacation in the Canadian Rockies without skiing or snowboarding, especially with the quantity and quality of ski resorts within such a short distance. And there’s no denying that standing on top of a mountain with blue skies above you and perfect corduroy or knee-deep powder below you are the things dreams are made of.

    But what do you do when the winds are whipping and just the thought of sitting on the chairlift makes your toes go numb? Or you’ve skied out every last drop of pow you can find? Spent so much time in the lift lines that the lifties know you by name and they’re getting *really* friendly?

    The good news is that the Canadian Rockies are home to some of the best non-skiing winter adventures you can find, and here are 5 favourites we’d recommend adding to any ski vacation:

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