Spirit of the Canadian Badlands Tour

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NEXT STOP: JUNE 17-18, DRUMHELLER, AB

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This year I’m teaming up with Canadian Badlands Tourism and Travel Alberta on a campaign photo-documenting Tom Jackson’s Spirit of the Badlands event series throughout Summer 2016. I’ll be updating this post as event details are rolled out.

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Hosted by popular Alberta musician, actor and philanthropist Tom Jackson, the “Spirit of the Canadian Badlands Journey,” kicks off on May 14th in Medicine Hat with a concert 3-4pm at the Medicine Hat Lodge. “The Canadian Badlands is a place that makes you feel free to explore without any limits,” says Jackson. “No matter where you go, the people embrace you with steadfast spirit,” he added. Tickets for the Medicine Hat event can be ordered online at www.SpiritOfTheBadlandsTour.com. ALL proceeds from this concert event will go to support the Medicine Hat Food Bank and the Fort McMurray relief efforts. Minimum donation for a ticket is ten dollars (plus fees). We will be collecting additional donation at the door for those wanting to help!

The next concert will be in Brooks on May 29th and other places on the journey include; Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Stettler, Drumheller, Three Hills and Lethbridge. For updates and announcements of venues, please visit www.CanadianBadlands.com. Admission to the events will be by a minimum donation of $10. All proceeds will be donated to local food banks and Fort McMurray Fire relief efforts.

Influential adventurer, photographer and social media blogger Dax Justin will join Jackson on the road, documenting their Badlands experiences and stories on social media.

 

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Spirit of the Badlands – Snapchat Video, Day 1: May 13, 2016

Spirit of the Badlands – Snapchat Video, Day 2: May 14, 2016

Spirit of the Badlands – Snapchat Video, Day 3: May 15, 2016

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Expedition: Badlands

In the Summer of 2015 I set out across Southwest Alberta on a 7-day expedition across the Canadian Badlands. This is Indiana Jones X Dr. Alan Grant.

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Below is a gallery of my Badlands Expedition.

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This expedition opened my eyes to the rich historic culture of Alberta. I also learned that my home province of Alberta was built from one thing: Grit.

Thanks to my expedition partners Chinook Country Tourist Association.

Want to learn more about the Canadian Badlands? Visit Canadian Badlands Tourism.

Related Media:

Chinook Country wins Travel Alberta Alto Award in Marketing Partnership Category

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Slay Your Comfort Zone

I see quotes and sayings daily about comfort zones and how you should get out of your comfort zone in an effort to grow and progress as people. Having been on a path of discovering myself over the last few years I’ve learned about comfort zones and I’m going to get deep on you.

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Now here’s the thing; when you let yourself slide into comfort and convenience to the point where you don’t feel feelings anymore, you gradually forget the essence & vitality of life.

 

I’ve discovered that in order to implement tangible positive change in your life you must first change the framework in your mind about how you perceive life and create new mental/neural thought pathways and patterns, then take action physically.

Today I was thinking about purpose and what the hell we are doing here on planet Earth. I began by thinking about Life and what the goal of life is. Which turned out to be pretty easy to figure out: The goal of life is to stay alive. Fact.

Deeper than that, what is the purpose of life? Some would say…. Find love, have children, find compassion, find yourself, learn about your soul, achieve awakening or enlightenment, etc. And that’s great. It could be anything, but let’s fast forward and pretend you’ve lived out your life and you are at peace. You’ve laughed, cried, fallen in love, learned about past lives – So what. What’s the purpose? What’s the big idea behind any of it?

It all comes down to two things: the moment, and your surroundings. The only thing that truly matters is being present in the moment and in the flow of life with your surroundings. [tweet this]

The ONLY thing you need to do right now and ever is: Fully invest and immerse yourself in what you’re doing in this moment. You never know when they end and the accumulation of those moments are your life.

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You need to slay your comfort zone to bring back the essence & vitality of life – YOUR moment. Live it as if it were your last. [tweet this]

 

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Adventures On Snapchat

Most of my close friends and family who have been on expeditions with me think I’m crazy. For several reasons, I suppose, but one thing that always comes up is how I’m audaciously trying to push expedition storytelling. To bring you closer to the action I have begun using Snapchat.

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To add me on Snapchat simply screenshot the photo below and add me using the snapcode or follow this link: http://snapchat.com/add/daxjustin

daxjustin-blog-snapchat-featuredWhat is your name on Snapchat? Add your username or link below in comments – I’d love to see your story!

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Via Ferrata at Kicking Horse Mtn

Something I’ve learned about myself is that I rarely turn down an opportunity for adventure. When Kicking Horse Mountain calls and wants you to climb Terminator Peak and cross a swaying suspension bridge, you go.

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But this was no ordinary climb, this type of climb is called “Via Ferrata” which means “iron path” in Italian. I have done these types of climbs before but this one is positioned as most exhilarating Via Ferrata in Western Canada. We did the ASCENSION Route, which is the full route to the peak. It did not disappoint.

From Kicking Horse’s website: “465 meters of pure bliss! Starting off the ridge-line dividing the Rocky Mountain trench from the Purcell range, and exiting at the top of Terminator Peak, the ASCENSION Route is a truly unique beast. From the climbers’ mouth, this course is one of the most technical & scenic in North America. Discover our signature “Guts Bridge” and stand on top of the world, feeling that you summited a giant!

 

Via Ferrata Gallery

Interested in seeing how something like this comes together? Kicking Horse Mountain put together a video series of the making of the Via Ferrata:

Learn more about Kicking Horse Mountain’s Via Ferrata climb here.

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S14 Expedition – Alberta, Canada

On August 4, 2014 I embarked on my first expedition, which was positioned to be around 7 days. People always ask how I began going on expeditions so I wanted to write about my first one. Turns out the S14 Expedition lasted around 20 days… This is the story of how it all happened.

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I was on Twitter one day and for the hell of it I tweeted @LincolnMotorCo and said “I want to go on a 7-day expedition across Alberta in one of your vehicles and document the journey across Instagram. Who can I talk to?” It was all super random and I just had the idea and acted on it. Turns out, a couple days later I woke up to an email from Ford Canada saying they wanted to partner on my expedition and collaborate. I then talked with Travel Alberta and they offered expedition support. Once I began aligning the expedition branding and started broadcasting that this was happening things started to move very quickly and I had a flood of emails from various adventure companies and ski resorts across Alberta. The entire thing was put together in a couple weeks and the backbone of the expedition was trying new things in the outdoors.

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I mentioned that the root of this expedition was trying new things in the outdoors. Here are the adventure activities that were new to me:

Huge thank you to all the support from Discover Banff Tours, local tourism and adventure companies, and to Ford Canada and Travel Alberta for making this happen.

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Expedition: Columbia Valley

In December of 2015 I embarked on my final expedition of the year in the Columbia Valley of British Columbia, Canada. This place is a blessing for anyone looking for a mix of renegade adventure, outdoor family activities, relaxation, and big mountain fun.

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The last time I visited the Columbia Valley I was about 21 years old, on a snowboarding trip at Panorama Mountain Resort with one of my best friends. This time around I teamed up with The Weather Network to explore and document outdoor activities found in the area. Prior to leaving on an expedition, I always have some level of preconceived notions of what the expedition will be like. I think about the itinerary, who I will meet, what I will be doing; and I can honestly say every aspect of this expedition shattered my mind. The main hub of the valley is the town of Invermere, in Kootenay National Park, which served as a base for this expedition while we stayed at Copper Point Resort.

Before I get too deep into this, let’s get some thing straight about Copper Point Resort. Until the moment I stepped into my room I thought all hotels were more or less the same: same hard mattress, same pillows that will never be like home, same cookie-cut bathrooms, same generic hotel-room look with barely enough room to enjoy it… MY EXPECTATIONS WERE BLOWN AWAY BY COPPER POINT. Without giving away too much, I stepped into what I thought was literally an upscale condo – I had two fireplaces, three bathrooms (which had TV’s in the mirrors), full amenities, and after twelve seconds of admiring the room I was thinking of ways to pitch them having me live there as a resident ambassador for Copper Point. Since then I have stayed in hotels and motels which will never measure up. This is by far the best place to stay if you visit Invermere.

 

Paragliding.

The first day of the expedition began at Panorama where I was to go paragliding (for the first time in my life). The plan was to ski off the summit of Panorama Mountain (almost 8,000ft) and paraglide to the base. Many people have asked if I was scared or if I had any fears prior to doing this and to be honest, I wasn’t afraid of the paragliding itself – I was more freaked out by the fact that I haven’t been on skis since I was in Grade 9. The last time I wore skis I skied into a tree and broke my thumb. Who the hell skis into a tree thumb-first? I do. Anyways, I pulled up my socks, told my mind to shut up, got my gear and headed to the top of the mountain. There I met up with maybe one of the most renegade-badass human beings I have ever met. His name is Max Fanderl (FlyingMax.com), who has competed in the Red Bull X-Alps. We went up the chairlift and at the summit I did a quick interview with The Weather Network and then we got suited up. We began skiing off the summit and I remember the moment the wind picked me up and I was soaring above the trees and mountain within moments. This was the most surreal feeling I have ever had and I couldn’t believe how the mountain looked from above. The weather conditions were perfect – little to no wind, the trees were all dusted in snow, and it is a moment I will never forget.

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Snowmobiling.

I have never snowmobiled up until we arrived at Toby Creek Adventures. Upon arriving at base camp the folks from Toby Creek were like “Here’s your machine,” and pointed to a snowmobile directly in front of me. After a couple seconds I replied with, “What, are you joking.” Initially I had assumed I’d be taking photos off the back of a snowmobile while someone else drove…So this was AMAZING news because it allowed me the opportunity to try something new but also to get Point-Of-View photos with my GoPro. I got a run down on how to pilot the snowmobile, mounted the GoPro to my helmet and we all geared up for the day. We rode up to the Paradise Mine on Brewer Mountain in the Purcell Mountains, which was about a 4 hour/half-day trip. Along the way we stopped in several places to admire the spectacular views, and one of these locations included a frozen ice waterfall.

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Snowbiking.

“What the hell is snowbiking?” I asked myself on my way to Radium Snowmobile and Snowbike Rentals in Invermere, BC. I figured it was much like fat tire biking, which is basically a bicycle with fat tires, for enhanced traction on snow. I was wrong. As it turns out, snowbikes are a modified dirtbike. But instead of having tires, they have a large ski on the front and track on the rear (the one I rode even had nitrous) – like OMG. As if I needed that much power. I met up with Steve Langevin, a former pro snowbiker and operator of Radium Snowmobile and Snowbike Rentals. We ascended up Brewer Mountain on a tear. Being on a snowbike feels like you are surfing on clouds – conditions were ideal that day and we were literally surfing on 4 feet of powder on the side of a mountain. After connecting with Steve that day we became very close friends. Steve has a certain attitude about life, sports, and nature that makes you want to be around him. We naturally became buddies and this is a day I’ll never forget. Steve, I love you man.

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Skiing, Snowboarding, Fat Tire Biking.

While I was on the expedition I also had the opportunity to get back on skis, try fat biking for the first time and even get a day of snowboarding in at Panorama Mountain Resort.

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Ice Fishing.

I had never been ice fishing prior to this day. The Weather Network and I headed out to the middle of Windermere Lake where we met up with Reel Axe Adventures, who were burrowing into the ice and setting up fishing poles. We didn’t know how thick the ice was but seeing the confidence from the folks at Reel Axe eased our tensions. After about 10 minutes we started getting bites and after a couple hours we ended up with a pile of fish. I liked this experience so much the next time will be in a hut and will be a several-day endeavor.

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I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that a common theme from this expedition was TRYING NEW THINGS. I always want to push boundaries and get out of my comfort zone every time I go on an expedition and my time in the Columbia Valley proved to be my most adventurous and athletic expedition to date. From family fun to solo outdoor activities, it is the perfect place to plan your next trip, any time of the year.

 

Related Press:

Calgary Herald Article: “Outdoor adventure abounds in Invermere

 

If you visit the Columbia Valley:

Stay at: Copper Point Resort (http://www.copperpointresort.com/)

Have fun at: Panorama Mountain Resort (Skiing/Snowboarding/Fat Tire Biking), FlyingMax.com (Paragliding), Toby Creek Adventures (Snowmobiling), Reel Axe Adventures (Ice Fishing), Radium Snowbike and Snomobile Rental (Snowbiking)

Eat and drink at: Birchwood Restaurant, Kicking Horse Coffee

Relax at: Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs

Travel planning & additional resources: Destination British Columbia | Official Tourism and Travel Website for BC Canada

 

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Expedition Announcement

Introducing Expedition: Columbia Valley

December, 2015
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WHOA – this week was a crazy one! I’ve been in Calgary a lot lately (my home town) finalizing current projects before most of my clients are on Christmas holidays. “I need to get back in the mountains ASAP” is something I have said to myself like twelve times a day for the last couple weeks. Then it happened – I got connected to the people at Copper Point Resort. Copper Point Resort is Invermere’s newest upscale hotel.

This expedition is different because I’m not used to upscale hotels – most of the time I am renegade camping and living totally fringe, with an array of trail mix and whatever sandwich I picked up from the last gas station or general store.


But the resort isn’t just a resort, they are the perfect complement to four-season fun, and the fun is weaved into the expedition beginning Wednesday, December 16th. After meeting with the communications team from Copper Point, they are much like a destination marketing organization for the area and are extremely passionate about the Columbia Valley and what it has to offer to families, explorers, people looking to disconnect and people looking for adventure.

The other really cool thing about this expedition is that we are teaming up with The Weather Network. I will be joined by Deb Matejicka and Krissy Vann from The Weather Network for a portion of the expedition and we will be doing various outdoor activities like paragliding (badass), ice fishing filming, fat biking in snow, snowboarding at Panorama Mountain Resort, cross-country skiing, touring through a mine in the Purcell Mountains and then soaking at Radium Hot Springs. I also hope to do some snowshoeing and alpine climbing while in the area. The rad thing is that I have never paraglided, cross-country skied, or tried ice-fishing. The winter conditions might prove to be my toughest challenge to date, as my other expeditions thus far have been in Spring/Summer. Either way, you have no idea how excited I am!

The Universe has a funny (and awesome) way of making sure things fall into place – I am excited and honored to partner with Copper Point and The Weather Network and hope to live in true Canadian hospitality on this expedition. I invite everyone to follow the expedition on my social media feeds listed below. I have also included Copper Point, Destination British Columbia and The Weather Network’s pages so you can follow along there as well.

Follow the Columbia Valley Expedition: Instagram — Twitter — Facebook Page — Linkedin

• Copper Point Resort: Facebook — Twitter — Instagram

• The Weather Network: Facebook — Twitter — Instagram

• Destination British Columbia: Facebook — Twitter — Instagram

 

As always, thanks to all for your support. PARAGLIDING THOUGH!?

Dax

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