Category Archives: Cooking and Wrangling along the Great Divide in the Alberta Rockies

A collection of stories and lessons learned from when I cooked and horse wrangled for a number of outfitters in the Alberta Rocky Mountains.

To Fetch an Elk off a Mountain

Nearly every time I feel a deep ache in my lower spine or a weakness in my right hip, I remember the cause of it nearly fourteen years ago on a late September afternoon. I had taken a job as … Continue reading

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To Make a Pie in the Bush

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One of the skills necessary for a cook in a Hunting Camp or Trail-riding Camp is knowing how to bake a pie.  For some reason it is an expectation of many guests that they will be treated to a homemade … Continue reading

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The Hairpin Curve

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I started driving school bus this past week–In the middle of the worst Alberta winter in recent memory.  I had to get my drive plowed out three times in ten days prior to the first day of school in January.  … Continue reading

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Flambé Catastrophe

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I was told recently by someone that I don’t write very succinctly.  I’m not one that writes briefly or compactly, by any stretch.  So much appreciative to those who take the time to read through all my ramblings. Here’s my … Continue reading

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Tent-Wall-Flapping, Tarp-Shredding Winds

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Working for an outfitter in the Kananaskis Country of southern Alberta, we set up camp in the Zephyr Pass Area, near the Highwood River and Cataract Creek.  This would be our final camp of the hunting season.  We carted the … Continue reading

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Like a Mother Bear

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During some of my cooking or wrangling excursions in the back-country, I’ve had the privilege of encountering a number of bears in their natural habitat.  Most of them were quick, heart-pounding moments, with the bear usually spotting me, before I … Continue reading

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How NOT to Dry Out Firewood

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The extent of my camping experience until I was nineteen, included a three day camping trip with my grade seven class, a three day camping trip with my grade twelve Phys. Ed Class, and two summers working for Camp Homewood … Continue reading

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