The Copilot: How civilized!
Sep26

The Copilot: How civilized!

We have had more than a few hikes/scrambles around Southwest B.C. that have made us earn our right to be there. They consisted of either an approach on miles of logging road that is so graciously referred to as a “slog”, a heinous bushwack or alder thrash that scratches and slaps at any exposed skin or sometimes if we were really lucky we have had to ford some sort of raging ice-cold water to further our progress. But we have slowly...

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Trailrunning the Howe Sound Crest Trail
Sep07

Trailrunning the Howe Sound Crest Trail

I remember seeing a photo of a section of the Howe Sound Crest Trail (HSCT) when we first moved over. When I saw the photo I knew that I wanted to do it. It looked rugged, beautiful and tough. The caption under the photo said something along the lines of ‘an ambitious overnight hike best done over 3 days’. Wow, that was something far outside my abilities at that time. Fast forward 4.5 years to today and I was joining a...

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Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review
Sep05

Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review

Bottom Line: The Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody is the perfect lightweight shell to take on a summer mutli-pitch climb when you think it might get a little windy on the wall and it also makes an excellent Alpine running jacket for the cool days or as a windshell on the descent. First Impressions and Observations: I was looking for a jacket that was versatile to use in a lot of different scenarios, but still light enough that I could...

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Running the Squamish 50 – 50 Mile
Aug27

Running the Squamish 50 – 50 Mile

So I actually did it. It still feels a little bit like a dream really. The months of physical preparation, the mental anguish I put myself through, were finally put to the test on August 16th when I got to run the Squamish 50 (50mile/80km) trail race. There was so much trepidation leading up to this day, unsure I would actually be able to complete the full distance. The longest run I had done leading up to race day was 50km and I just...

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Garibaldi Park – Rubble Double
Jul31

Garibaldi Park – Rubble Double

The first few weeks of July has seen some glorious weather, if you like +30C degree. Nothing but sunshine and blue skies. As much as I enjoy the warmth of the sunshine, this heat does not make for great running weather. You overheat quickly, become dehydrated even faster and your body grinds to a halt. Pretty hard to feel too tired with views like this. Beautiful trail coming into Cheakamus Lake. Ahhh Black Tusk never gets old! Well...

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