Profile: Gillean Daffern – A Rocky Mountain Legend

Gillean Daffern Photo

For over 30 years she has been writing and publishing trail guides to Alberta’s Kananaskis Country. We sat down with Gillean at her home in Calgary to chat about her experiences in hiking, the women who inspire her and the moment when she decided to create her first guide book – Kananaskis Trail Guide Vol 1.

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Trip: Nipika Mountain Resort B.C

Tranquilly tucked away in a forested river valley, surrounded by mountains and complete wilderness, you will find the wonderfully remote and dog-friendly Nipika Mountain Resort. 

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Activator. Alison Criscitiello

“I would say simply that the mountains are for everyone. I think no matter what level of outdoor adventurer you are – from weekend hikers to professional alpine climbers – we can all get out in it. “

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Hike365 Welcome To: Tanzania

Everyone has their own version of a travel ‘To-Do’ list; some have a few specific spots they can’t wait to see, others’ are miles long and seem to change from year to year. Though I’m certainly guilty of the latter, Africa has always been a place I’ve been dying to see, specifically East Africa. After a few failed attempts to organize a trip to the region, this past Christmas break I finally got the opportunity to travel to Tanzania.

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Hike365 Welcome To: Wadi Rum, Jordan

In early December, I learned I had the opportunity to take three weeks off from work, a vacation that long being a rare treat. My head was spinning with all the opportunities of places to visit, things to see, and of course, mountains to hike! Time was running out to plan, so I made a leap of faith and chose to visit the Middle East – specifically, the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan. I’ve always been enthralled by the desert, the people and the incredible amount of history that has been so influential to modern-day civilization.

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Hike356 Welcome To: Death Valley National Park

Sand, rocks, and salt are not usually on my must-see list when I set out for an adventure. I am usually drawn towards lush forests and vast mountainscapes. So when my husband wanted to plan a trip to Death Valley National Park, I was skeptical. I couldn’t imagine how visually stimulating the desert would be, but boy did Death Valley surprise me in so many different ways.

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