My family and I recently returned from a trip to Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary, Canmore and Banff) to celebrate my 40th birthday. A big part of this family trip was experiencing and participating in new and unique (for our prairie family) physical activity opportunities as a family. Essentially we were using physical activity to create memories we will carry with us forever.
One of our most difficult physical activities was hiking up and down Sulphur Mountain (11 km return hike) and the following day Tunnel Mountain (4.3 km return hike) while in Banff.
We had done hiking in backcountry in Manitoba in previous summers, but hiking up and down mountains was a test of physical abilities, physical literacy, and perseverance.
What struck me during our ascent and descent was the number of people that we saw completing the mountain hikes using Urban Poles in order to make their climb safer due to the increased stability and balance availed to them through using Urban Poles, as well as, the added benefit of burning additional calories by using and strengthening their upper body muscles during their hike. Very inspirational for our family!
Thank you Alberta for the inspiration. We’ll be back, and we’ll be bringing our Urban Poles!