The Wilderness Season’s Pass for the Canadian Rockies!
Nov09

The Wilderness Season’s Pass for the Canadian Rockies!

Bottom Line: If you live near the National Parks in Alberta, are planning to visit there and recreate for a week or more or simply want the option of staying somewhere road accessible that’s in the heart of the Canadian Rockies then you simply have to purchase the “Wilderness Season’s Pass” by Hostelling International. Observations: When I first learned about the “Wilderness Season’s Pass” I...

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket
Oct20

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket

Bottom Line: A hooded jacket that finds that narrow balancing point between warmth, durability and weight. Perfect as a belay jacket for rock and ice climbing, a ski touring mid-layer or as an ultralight jacket to always have stuffed into a corner of your pack for when the mountains are a little chillier than anticipated. Observations: I had the opportunity to test out the Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket on a number of cold...

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Mountain Hardwear OpticVue 2.5 Tent Review
Oct19

Mountain Hardwear OpticVue 2.5 Tent Review

Bottom Line: A spacious and feature rich 2 person, 3 season tent. The OpticVue 2.5 has a really interesting design that allows for 180 degree views. A bit heavy for backpacking, but still manageable. Perfect for car camping or kayak/canoe trips! Observations: I got to use this on a number of multi-day trips, mainly a week long sea kayaking adventure as well as several road-trips. I’ve come to love this tent so much that it is...

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Minipresso GR and Minipresso Kit Review
Aug26

Minipresso GR and Minipresso Kit Review

  Bottom Line: A compact unit that makes excellent espresso on the go. Small enough to bring camping or even on hiking day trips. Pulls a shot of espresso that actually tastes like true espresso. The additional “Minipresso Kit” is a must if you plan to use this device for camping and hiking. Observations: I became aware of this unit a few months back when I saw a friend using his on an adventure. I’m always...

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Thule Versant 60L Backpack Review
Jun08

Thule Versant 60L Backpack Review

Bottom Line: The Thule Versant 60L pack is one of the most comfortable multi-day packs that I have worn in a long time. It’s durable, weather-proof and has a tonne of storage. This pack is made for people that want the ability to bring days worth of gear and still have use of your shoulders when the trip is over. Observations: I have had packs in the past, much more expensive packs I might add, that always killed my collarbones and...

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