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Girls’ Night Out: Part 1

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Girls’ Night Out: Part 1

Prologue: Recently, when we published our post “3 Types of Fun” we asked our readers to shoot us a message if they had any Type 3 fun stories they wanted to share. We heard from a few people, most who’d already posted their stories online, but we heard from one who had yet to tell the story of her adventure gone awry to the world. We enjoyed her story so much that we offered to post it as our first guest post on our blog. The words that follow are by Kelly Fowler:   Jill, Marwa and I hiked five hours only to find...

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The Curse of West Coast Living

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The Curse of West Coast Living

Ok so it’s not so much a curse as a stress. But let me be clear that there is good stress and bad stress. You know like worrying you won’t have the money to pay rent for the month, that would be a bad stress. The stress I am talking about is GOOD stress. The kind of stress that puts a constant pressure on you to make the most of your time. Living in a temperate climate like the West Coast breeds this type of good stress. The weather is pretty mild all of the time, especially in comparison to other parts of the country, mostly when it...

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4 Years, 4 Summits

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4 Years, 4 Summits

Four years ago today, April 14th, 2014, myself and Spring finished our journey from Ireland to Canada and set foot in our new home in Squamish. Spring was returning to her home country after living away in Ireland for 6 years and I was moving somewhere completely new and foreign. The trip to Canada was not enjoyable. We ended up on a 9 hour flight in the middle seats of the middle isle of coach on the plane, wedged between an individual on our left who drank himself into a stupor within the first 45 minutes of the flight and an older, spindly...

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“Déjame Vivir” Review

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“Déjame Vivir” Review

“Déjame Vivir” or, translated into english “Let me live” is the second installment in the “Summits of my life” series about Kilian Jornet. Kilian has been a household name in Ultrarunning in Europe for a while now but I only found out about him last year when I started seeing trailers for the first installment of his “Summits of my life” series, called “A fine line” bubbling to the top of my news feed. It instantly grabbed my attention because here was a guy, wearing basic running clothes, bouncing along precipitous ridge crests with ease...

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Running Recap: Squamish 50 and Cap Crusher 13km

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Running Recap: Squamish 50 and Cap Crusher 13km

Ok so this post is well overdue, but better late than never! Here is a quick recap of some running fun I had 2 weekends ago.  Leigh and I decided to charge in different directions the weekend of March 22/23. We both feel it is important to our personal and combined growth if we spend time apart in our chosen pursuits. What we learn separately we can share with each other on our next combined adventures. Saturday, March 22, I was signed up for the first of 4 Squamish 50 Orientation runs. I will be attempting to run the ultra distance of 50...

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3 Types of Fun

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3 Types of Fun

“Aw man, this is totally a Type 2 fun kinda day” I can’t remember who said it, or what I was doing when I heard it, but I remember I was suffering. My body was aching, I was a little scared and I just wanted to be back at home, safe, curled up in bed trying to forget about this day. After that experience was over I remember a while later reading something, in a blog post or article online, where somebody categorized their adventure as definitely “Type 3 fun”. It was said in passing, almost with the expectation that if I was reading this...

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Quotes for the Untamed

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Quotes for the Untamed

When I’m not scouring maps and reading up about new places to explore I love to read the thoughts of fellow mountaineers, climbers, adventurers and explorers. There is a certain kinship to be found when I read words, centuries old, that could have been taken from my own mind. Alan Bennett puts it best. “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you...

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Review: Run or Die by Kilian Jornet

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Review: Run or Die by Kilian Jornet

In Run or Die, Kilian Jornet tells the story of how his passion for competitive running and wild places blossomed from being a child running in the hills around his home to a world-class record-setting ultra runner.  In it he tells the stories of some of his most notable and personally rewarding feats. He tells it like it is, the ups and downs, the struggle and the pain. Despite the fact that he is performing seemingly superhuman feats you can feel a human connection to him through his passion and love for what he does.  He describes in...

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Acorns, Part 1: Coho Park and the Smoke Bluffs

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Acorns, Part 1: Coho Park and the Smoke Bluffs

“Mighty Oaks from little Acorns grow” I’ve been thinking for a while now about doing a series chronicling our first humble forays into learning to explore the wild. I’ve never really documented them in any way and I think I’ve learned some important lessons from reflecting on them. I’ll get into what I feel those lessons are in the later parts of this series. Something that I feel is unique about myself and Spring is that we have learned almost everything about the activities that we engage in, in the Outdoors, since we...

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