AAC Western Branch Office


View from the Attainable Adventure Cruising mountain branch office.


It’s not the sea, but it’s certainly not a bad second place. And it has central heat, unlike AAC World Headquarters.


Oh well, back to work.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Bill Hoyne Jan 23, 2015, 11:43 pm

    Welcome to Canmore!! Hopefully the snow stays through this warm spell.

    • John Jan 24, 2015, 12:21 pm

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for the welcome message. Yes, we need snow! Oh well, some great hikes around here if the snow doesn’t happen.

  • richard s. (s/v lakota) Jan 24, 2015, 11:09 am

    good thing this is not the sea as i would sure hate to see a wave like this from my cockpit…makes the 100′ wave photograph i have that was shot from the bridge of a supertanker look positively tame…caption on the photo said the wave shattered a 2″ thick glass porthole in the officers’ lounge when it hit the ship…this is the s/r puget sound on 10/10/’001, north bound to valdez…wind nw 88 knots, props at 65 rpm, hard left rudder for seven hours…ship still moving “backwards”…others may recall this photo as it went sort of viral not long after it was shot…cheers

    richard in tampa bay

  • Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream Puff Jan 24, 2015, 12:17 pm

    This is one beautiful view!

    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff

  • John Jan 24, 2015, 12:19 pm

    Hi Ben,

    Phyllis is working on our Norwegian Cruising Guide…and she is in up to her neck!

  • James Jan 24, 2015, 1:09 pm

    Headquarters, et al,
    Beautiful. Thanks for the view. I’m moored in saltwater, 600 miles (11hr) from you. Looks like you’re about ~15 miles from Banff. Must be nice.
    Keep warm
    Best, Jim

  • RDE Jan 24, 2015, 1:49 pm

    Can’t beat the Canadian Rockies for beauty. On the other hand, if you want snow come down to the Tetons. Over 6′ on the ground right now at the ski areas, and up to the middle of the car doors at home.

  • Richard Dykiel Jan 24, 2015, 10:00 pm

    Jeez with this view no one should complain, snow or no snow. Hey when can we post our own pictures? We finally got some snow on the East Coast (although we had a goo 4 day run on Thanksgiving…)

    • John Jan 26, 2015, 12:36 pm

      Hi Richard,

      As you say, bitching about the lack of snow would be churlish, it’s a privilege just to be able to spend time in places like this.

      As to posting pictures, we have, and continue to look at that option. The problems that we need to overcome are load on our server and the potential to open a door to hackers.

  • Victor Raymond Jan 24, 2015, 10:39 pm

    Please let me know if you are headed south of the border on this trip. We are on the Olympic Pennisula about 1 /12 hrs from Seattle. Would love to finally meet you two in person.

    • John Jan 26, 2015, 12:33 pm

      Hi Victor,

      Thanks for the kind invitation, but this year we are staying put. We have some major work projects for AAC and NCG that we want to finish by spring so we can focus on a voyage in the summer.

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