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Cody Friesen

CALGARY, AB Just trying to live a life full of adventure, come along for the ride!

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Part 11/15 -  One of my least favourite questions people ask me is "what's new?" I know it shouldn't bother me but it does. Reason being is I never know how to answer it and usually end up throwing some vague answer like "nothing much just work and stuff" when that couldn't be further from the truth! I just can't be bothered to actually get into how busy I truly have been! . . These past two months have probably been the busiest, most hectic and hair pulling months I've ever had. From work becoming almost too much to handle and too much being thrown on my plate, to all the out of town trips I've had to do. Examples being the AMAZING trip I just had in back country Wyoming, two weddings... one of them being for my brother which required locating authentic medieval costumes and throwing a bachelor party, to thanksgiving parties, birthday parties for family members reaching one of those age monumental years, events I'm required to attend on a regular either through work or the multiple businesses I have personally... I just came back from Montreal Wednesday night and fly out to Portland Monday. Working on finishing up a book deal and interactive website I hope to have launched by Spring for all of you Alberta Hikers out there.... . . . Then it gets even more intense! I find out my bank account recently got hacked and shut down but I was STRANDED in Montreal with delayed flights and still haven't gotten that resolved because I physically don't have time to go to a bank and dedicate myself for an hour.... . . I don't even remember the last time I was able to call up a friend and just hangout or go to the mountains which is my happy place to remove all of my stress load. . . You ask what's new? What's new is this post... the 11th post of the highly delayed #ConqueringCanmore series is of Lady MacDonald! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 10/15 -  I have been so good at posting multiple pictures per hike lately that one of these hikes got missed! Someone DM'd me wondering where the other half of the hike was hahaha. So I decided to throw this post in the ring instead of the other post I was planning to do today! This post of the #ConqueringCanmore series ties up EEOR! . . Since we have a budger post I might throw in a Saturday post for the FIRST time ever! I guess we will have to wait and see! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 9/15 - I held off in posting this particular post a while back because I didn't think we were ready to see snow... well ready or not, it wanted to see us! This post of the #ConqueringCanmore series is of a not popular hike Old Goat Glacier! . . Fun story about this hike. I pushed us to do this trek early in the year not clueing into the fact that a glacier means snow year round and if you do it too early, the chances of you making it to the end are very slim..... . . When we got to the top it started to snow pretty hard and before we knew it, we had found ourselves caught in one of the very infamous Alberta blizzards giving us terrible visibility. After waiting about half hour for the winds to calm down we were left with this incredible, clear and untouched view. . . I plan on doing this hike again, just might wait until August next summer instead of June hahaha! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 8/15 - You guys thought I was done posting about Grotto Canyon... surprise! This post of the #ConqueringCanmore series showcases the falls! . . Grotto Canyon is a special hike to me for many reasons but fun fact is that Grotto Canyon is the hike I have done the most in Alberta. I've done it 6 times now! In all seasons! Once I finish the Canmore series, you won't see this hike again until I do my Winter series! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 7/15 - The next post of the #ConqueringCanmore series is of Quarry Lake. It's not the best photo by all means due to smoke, time of day and not having my proper camera with me but why does that matter? Instagram can be so stressful sometimes. We are always trying to post our best work or photos. Posting what ever we think will be the best received, liked or commented on. I find myself guilty of that often. Every time I post a photo I find myself holding my breath like what I post actually matters? It's really weird and it's something im trying to work on. So this post is my way of working on it. Here is Quarry Lake to brighten your snowy morning! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 6/15 - I've been really failing my #ConqueringCanmore series lately but for a good reason ! I leave for Wyoming tomorrow and have been busy planning that trip for the past two weeks! Follow along with my stories if you want to see updates on that! . . Before I leave I want to leave you with this classic shot of EEOR! Another Canmore classic! Not to be vain or anything but this is my favourite shot of myself haha. . . When I get back I will finish the rest of this series off! Some more great stuff to come! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 5/15 - my favourite part of posting my adventures in a series vs standalone posts is that my little adventures are getting some time to shine! Before I would only post 1 out of every 10 adventures I would do and posts like Chester Lake here would be overlooked! . . . The #ConqueringCanmore series wouldn't be as interesting I feel if little adventures like these didn't make the cut! I'm on a mission lately to post EVERY adventure I've done no matter how big or small. . . Chester Lake was an add-on my friend and I did after a killer summit which will be featured soon (ish) . For years I was recommended this small trek and last summer I was already in the area and couldn't pass up the opportunity! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 4/15 - A lot of people ask me what my favourite hike in Alberta is. For me that is a very hard question because I enjoy MOST of the hikes I do. Finding a favourite is hard because every summer it tends to change! One thing I know for sure is that this hike i'm posting now has consistently been in my top 3 year after year. This next post of the #ConqueringCanmore series is Windtower! . . I did this hike my first year of hiking. It was one of my bigger ones of the year. The first time my gain ever crossed into triple digits! I was so proud of myself! Last summer I got to do it again, and it didn't change my views on it. If you are looking for a personal recommendation for me, Windtower will usually come up in my suggestions. . . I am splitting this hike into two posts. Part one that I am posting now showcases the main point of why people do this hike. The views! Part 2 will show it's significance in time! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 3/15 - I dont know many people who haven't done  the trek out to Grassi Lakes so it was only fitting that it made the #ConqueringCanmore series! . . I took a friend here from out of town a couple weeks ago. This is a prime example about how trail closures can happen any time here in Alberta! The lakes were closed! We only got to view the first lake from afar! So this gallery is a mix between new photos and old cell pics from many moons ago. . . . I have a second post coming up later about a not so popular off route we did from this adventure but I will save that for another day because it was too cool to lump in this gallery. It deserved a post to itself! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 2/15 - I wasn't lying when I said I'm starting off the #ConqueringCanmore seris with the more touristy hikes in the area. That is why this particular hike needed to make an appearance! . . . When people first hear I'm a hiker one of the first questions they ask is if I've done Ha Ling... when I say yes, the question that usually follows is if I've gone over to Miner's Peak as well. I decided to answer both questions in one post! . . . It's unfortunate this hike closed to early in the season as I know a lot of people had it on their list to do, but you will always have next summer! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 1/15 - Introducing the #ConqueringCanmore series! This is my FAVOURITE series I have posted to date! . . . I constantly get asked to recommend hikes to people or get asked which hikes in Alberta are my top choices. Follow along with this series and you will soon have all the answers you're looking for! . . . I'm starting this series off with some of the more popular and obvious Canmore adventures including the infamous Grotto Canyon posted first! Stay tuned and I hope you love this series as much as I do! . . . Cody . . . #canmore #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 9/9 - The FINAL post of the #Mybanff photo series is of Silverton Falls. They are located just a short jaunt off the Rockbound Lake trail I featured last week. I've posted about them before but I had a chance recently to check them out again and took full advantage of the opportunity! . . . Silverton Falls are probably in my top favourite waterfalls in Alberta (so far). It's really cool that you are able to see them from above as well as get right up and in them below! . . . I hope you guys have liked being a part of my Banff adventures. I know most of them are touristy locations but it doesn't make them any less cool! Next week I am showing you some of my favourite hikes in Alberta for the largest photo series to date!! . . . Cody . . . #banff #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 8/9 - Last week I showcased Lake Minnewanka and this week I wanted to show you it from above! The next post of the #MyBanff photo series is of C-level Cirque! . . . I pride myself in being very honest about my adventures. If I like them, I tell you I like them. If I don't like them, well... this is one of the ones I actually didn't like haha. . . . The beginning of this hike is pretty cool as you walk by some abandoned mines, but the majority is just trail with little to no views until you make it to the cirque. To get the views of the lake you actually have to go above and beyond the trail to make the views worth it. I don't regret doing it, but I will never do this hike again! There are so many other hikes in this area I would rather do now that I have researched a little bit more! Next summer you will see a few of them surface! . . . Cody . . . #banff #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 7/9 - I previously mentioned that Johnston Canyon was my first hike in Alberta but what I failed to mention was I included The Inkpots during that trek as well! I think people get so caught up in the beauty of the canyon itself that it's not very common to see pictures of the Inkpots on social media. That being said, the next gallery of the #Mybanff photo series is some extra shots I liked from inside the canyon as well as a few shots of the inkpots and the valley surrounding them! . . . I owe so much of my life as an outdoor adventurer to this place and am forever grateful that my friend took me out there 4 summers ago. It seriously changed my life! . . . Cody . . . #banff #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 6/9 - I should have post this gallery this morning instead of now because technically you would pass by this trailhead on the way to Stanley Glacier! This gallery of the #Mybanff photo series is of Boom Lake. This is another easy trek with decent reward at the end. . . . If you haven't gathered by now, I have done A LOT of adventures in Alberta ranging in difficulties, lengths and end results. Boom Lake was actually an accidental choice! I usually start booking my summer itinerary in January based on posts you guys share on on Instagram! With trail closures happening all the time for several reasons, sometimes you don't know a trail is closed until you are at the trailhead. I had to improvise quickly and this was the end result of that! . . . Was it better than the hike I originally had planned? I won't know until next year, but was it still a good experience? Heck yes! . . . Cody . . . #banff #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 5/9 - Some of you may recognize TWO of these photos in this gallery because I've posted them before. The reason I am posting them again is because I wanted to showcase more of this hike and they were too good not to share again! This gallery of the #Mybanff photo series is of Stanley Glacier! . . . Stanley Glacier was one of my season closers last year. I didn't know what to expect. I knew it was very popular and now I know that's for obvious reasons! Super simple with high reward. It has for sure landed a spot as one of my favourite Banff hikes even though it's technically in BC haha. . . . I know I try to keep my page very Alberta based but something tells me you guys don't mind! . . . Cody . . . #banff #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 4/9 - I know this next post doesn't count as a hike but I still wanted to include it in this series as I have been trying to diversify my page by showcasing some of my favourite attractions as well! This post of the #MyBanff photo series is of the popular Lake Minnewanka! . . . Visiting Lake Minnewanka to me is an add-on if you are already in the area. Personally I love this area no matter how busy it is. Every corner is photogenic. It's a perfect place to cool down after a day of adventuring which is just what we did! If you are trying to get as many sights in your weekend as possible I suggest adding this to your list! . . . Side note - I CANNOT wait to Scuba here next year and see the underwater town that I have heard so much about! . . . Cody . . . #banff #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
Part 3/9 - Last year I didn't work a full time office job so I had ample time to hike during the week. Hiking and adventuring WAS my full time job! This year I vowed to take advantage of every day off I had and I held true to my word even if it meant basically killing my lungs during Smoke apocalypse we recently had! . . . The third post of the #Mybanff photo series was unique to say the least. I have never experienced anything like this before but I was still determined to make it up to rockbound lake even if I was concerned I wouldn't make it back haha. . . . Who would have thought that such a simple adventure would have been so hard!? I know I will be back in that area again as I would like to see it super clear but I thought I would still share with you my experience! . . . Cody . . . #banff #travelalberta #explorealberta #thecluelessguide #naturephotography #naturephoto #instagood #instagram #hiking #hikingadventures #likeforlikes #outdooradventures #hikinglife #travel #travelgram #yyc #calgaryliving #abparks #travelphotography #travelandlife
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