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Alexander Weber

Alexander Weber

Alexander Weber is a writer currently based in Vancouver, BC. He divides his time between squeezing every available free second into an adventure and recovering with beer and ice cream.


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Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: Alexander Mark Weber

The Nā Pali Coast’s Kalalau Trail is a stunning 18-kilometre there-and-back hike on the north coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Often topping Greatest-Hikes-in-the-World lists, along with Most-Dangerous-Hikes-in-the-World, it promises a rugged trek along... more

Oct 4, 2017 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

I sleep in the next morning and Dan and I take it slow. Ironically named, Sunshine Crack faces north and does not catch sun until late in the day. It is cold in the Bugaboos, despite it being late July. Our approach is easy however and we are at... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

On my third day in the Bugs I team up with my friend Andrew, who is one of the late-comers. We wake up when our bodies decide to and have a leisurely morning. Our objective for the day is the West Ridge of Pigeon Spire - a very easy technical... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

We begin the next day by eating cereal with rehydrated milk powder, gathering our things and setting out. The hike and scramble to the base of the climb involves navigating past several glacier pools, ascending a snow ramp in crampons, and... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

I have a terrible feeling about this. I am mentally preparing for the worst: tent bound by rain, wind, hail and all manners of terrible weather - for days on end. My hopes have been dashed before; it will not happen again. We are heading into a... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Alexander Weber

In this two-part series Alexander Weber writes about competing in his first Ironman triathlon. In Part One he told us about his race preparation and his feelings before the competition. We left him three days before race day... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: by Alexander Weber

Dear Reader, having just read the title of this article, I assume you may believe the following about myself: I am insane, and I am a diehard superhuman athlete. While you may be right about the former, I would disagree with the latter. Before I... more

Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

This is part four of a four part series, chronicling Alex and Mandy’s attempted ascents at the Cirque of the Unclimbables. We left the pair as they were half-way up an intimidating spire-like peak called Lotus Flower Tower. They had just reached... more

Aug 25, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: Alexander Weber

This is part three of a four part series, chronicling Alex and Mandy’s attempted ascents at the Cirque of the Unclimbables. We left the pair as they were about to try to climb Easy Huey Spire, after seven days of waiting out the rain. It was a... more

Jul 28, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Mandy Wong

The next morning we woke up with our first clear view of the Cirque proper. This place is nothing but intimidating -- and yet, surreally beautiful. You sort of feel like you’ve been plopped into the middle of a science-fiction film set, with... more

Apr 21, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Summer 3 Comments

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Issue: 2015-12-10 PHOTO: Mandy Wong

There’s a GoPro video I captured on my recent trip to the Cirque of the Unclimbables. In it, I am 200 feet up a rock wall, suspended from a questionable anchor made of various webbing and rusted bolts. Above me is 2,300 feet of vertical granite... more

Dec 10, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2015-08-13 PHOTO: Alexander Weber

Everyone needs to drop what they’re doing, and go and hike the Chilkoot Trail. Already hiked it you say? Well get back out there. Not fit enough? Then start training. Barring any major physical restrictions, you really have no excuse. more

Aug 13, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

Do you like climbing rocks? Do you enjoy hiking in a gorgeous valley? What about making friends? Walking a tightrope suspended between two giant boulders? Do you like having fun and being happy? If you answered yes to any of these, you’re in luck. more

Aug 6, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: Alexander Weber

I couldn’t sleep the night before. Was it the roughly 10 night-shifts in a row I had pulled just prior to leaving, or was it the excitement to get on that river? I’m not a river paddler. I grew up in Ontario (which I realize has rivers) and am at... more

Jul 23, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2015-07-16 PHOTO: Alex Weber

In a half-a-month I will run my first trail marathon, and my second marathon overall. The Yukon River Trail Marathon takes place on Sunday, August 2. I can already imagine going to work the next day with wobbly nonfunctioning legs and hips that... more

Jul 16, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2015-06-04 PHOTO: Alexander Weber

I am making my way up a mountain. I am alone, tired, and very thirsty. The nearest road or person is 30 km away. The sun has just disappeared behind a mountain; I know it will be dark shortly. I must make it back to my tent soon, or risk crossing... more

Jun 4, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2015-05-14 PHOTO: by Alexander Weber

The Zhange Danxia landform in Gansu, China; The Great Blue Hole in Belize; Tulip Fields in the Netherlands; Mount Roraima in Venezuela, Brazil, and Guana, and 23 more places make up a Buzzfeed list of “27 Surreal Places to Visit Before You Die”. more

May 14, 2015 12:00 AM Alaska

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Issue: 2015-04-16 PHOTO: Alexander Weber

Gruelling. Gruelling is the word used to describe the West Coast Trail in the official online guidebook. The trail is a 75-kilometre backpacking trek, situated on the southwestern edge of Vancouver Island. more

Apr 16, 2015 12:00 AM Travel Outside 2 Comments

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Issue: 2015-03-26 PHOTO: Alexander Weber

I recently returned from a trip to exotic and majestic Thailand. Having just read that, I assume your brain is already conjuring images of me riding an elephant through a jungle, scuba diving around coral reefs and tropical fish, drinking to excess.. more

Mar 26, 2015 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Alexander Weber

I have lived in Whitehorse for a little over a year now. I am part of the Ontario diaspora, most recently having lived in Hamilton where I did my PhD. One of my main passions is rock climbing. I love climbing indoors, outdoors, really high mountain.. more

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Outside