2019 Quebec City and Maritime Mountains

By Brian Irwin | July 29, 2019

Andy and I just returned from Quebec after a week-long trip.  We started in Quebec City, where we enjoyed Old World charm and the opulence of Chateau Frontenac in the Old City.  We then headed to the Gaspe Peninsula, five hours east along the shore of the saline St. Lawrence…

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2019 Fly Fishing in India: The Impact of Climate Change and River Conservation

By Brian Irwin | March 23, 2019

I just returned from India, where I joined Suman Panwar, a conservationist and Indian villager, Andy Danylchuk, a Patagonia ambassador and fish biologist and Aaron Alter, a visionary on a mission to understand why the 150 year-old population of brown trout disappeared from the Assi Ganga River, one of the…

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Skiing and climbing in Banff National Park

By Brian Irwin | January 14, 2019

My eleven-year-old son Reid and I just returned from a great trip to Alberta.  We enjoyed opulence at the Banff Springs Hotel and a meter of fresh powder at Ski Big 3 (Norquay, Ski Sunshine and Lake Louise).  We managed to take a day from skiing to ice climb, which…

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fly fishing for lake trout, grayling in Manitoba

By Brian Irwin | September 16, 2018

I just returned from an incredible trip fishing for pike, lake trout and arctic grayling out of Manitoba, Canada’s 5-star remote lodge, The Lodge at Little Duck. The fishing was stellar, with 50 fish days, landing 39″ lakers on a 10 weight fly rod.  The lake also held northern pike…

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Yosemite father-son mountaineering and more

By Brian Irwin | July 17, 2018

Andy Irwin, 13, and I just returned from Yosemite.  We had a fabulous experience.  The valley is so congested in the summer that we limited our time there to an afternoon.  Later we explored the Sequoias in Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, and then headed to the backcountry via Tuolumne.  We…

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Bradford Camps, Maine, 2018

By Brian Irwin | June 16, 2018

My father and I just returned from the Bradford Camps in northern Maine. A turn-of-the-century sporting camp, these camps have been in constant operation since the 1890’s.  Igor Skiorsky, III (bush pilot and grandson on the inventor of the modern helicopter, among other things) and his wife Karen own the…

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Canadian Rockies, 2017

By Brian Irwin | September 20, 2017

My longtime climbing partner, Conrad Yager and I just returned from the Canadian Rockies.  We struck out to climb the Bugaboo Spires, but alas the park was closed due to forest fires.  So we sought out Athabasca 2 on the border of Jasper Park.  An alpine start, two glaciers and…

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Squaretails and Polar Bears, Hudson Bay, Manitoba

By Brian Irwin | September 12, 2016

I just returned from the subarctic shores of Hudson Bay, where I was part of a development trip to explore the many rivers in the region.  The goal is to develop a helicopter fishing opportunity, but first we needed to determine if these rivers indeed held thick populations of sea…

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The Greatest Mountain, Katahdin, Maine

By Brian Irwin | July 20, 2016

July 13th, 2016.  Baxter Peak, Maine.  My son Andrew and I struck out to attempt Maine’s highest peak via the Cathedrals, a third-class mountaineering route best described by my son as “exposed.”  We took three days for this adventure, camping at the Chimney Pond Bunkhouse.  Clouds shrouded the summit on…

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Cranmore Mountain Resort photo shoot

By Brian Irwin | March 9, 2016

Last week I was delighted to be invited to shoot some promotional images for Cranmore Mountain Resort.  We spent part of a day with our family enjoying the Mountain Adventure Park.  Tubing, ziplining, mountain coaster riding, the kids had a blast.  Day two was spent documenting Kids Rule, CMR’s instructional…

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