Team Bad Idea Appeases the Judge

Written by Nicholas Gobin, also appears chez VOC   Artem and I had been planning a grand August adventure for some months, but as the departure date drew near it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen. Climbing conditions in the Bugaboos were less than stellar and work & family were pulling me towards a…

Team Bad Idea Raft Against the Odds

Written by Annika Lennarz and Christoph Schilling Annika out the gate: Day 1: Trucky Truck on fire After months of preparation involving hours and hours of fixing the raft, eating Fire Pizza, route planning, checking water levels, organizing schedules, and buying way too much food the night before, the Chilko rafting trip was finally going…

Team Bad Idea Opens Canyoning In Climbing Paradise

As the saying goes, Yosemite is the Cochamo of North America. Cochamo is unequivocally the most spectacular place for pure rock climbing that I have come across. Big walls, trad gear, and balls of steel. During my six week stint, I hauled my ass up many classic routes, met the most colourful characters, chilled plenty,…

Team Bad Idea Succumbs to Salad

  Who says no great story ever started with a salad? Well, lets see. The long weekend was approaching and after much discussion about possible plans with the raft, we decided to head south into the wondrous world of Washington whitewater. Armed with the guidebook from 1995, we set off. We hoped to beat the…

Team Bad Idea Breach 6000

During my adventures in South America, I made the summits of three 6000 meter peaks. All of these climbs went uncharacteristically smoothly and do not deserve a write-up in their own right. But the photos are just so darn great, that they had to be shared.   Chimborazo (6268 m), Ecuador        …

Team Bad Idea Expand Their Horizons

There probably hasn’t been enough mention of how awesome Bolivia is. Let’s phrase it a new way. You can do a week long paragliding course for $450, including accommodation. In comparison, an equivalent course in Canada costs around $2500. The course I did in particular is run by the company AndesXtremo in the lovely town…

Team Bad Idea Visits the Land Before Time

The Land is Torotoro National park in Bolivia – an incredible place well worth a visit that is somehow still off the gringo-trail. There is lots of excellent sightseeing and hiking, all complete with dinosaur footprints, strange rock formations, waterfalls, caves, and vast semi-arid landscapes. There is the massive cave system of Umajalanta of which…