That Moment in the Mountains
Dec19

That Moment in the Mountains

Spending time in the wide open spaces of the mountain valleys and even in the more enclosed spaces, when I feel myself right up against the rock, I feel this sense of “this is the only place that I belong”.  Being in the mountains, pushing my body to its physical limit, leaves no room for any other thoughts in my mind than just putting one foot in front of the other. I love this detachment from my “real” life, this detachment from the...

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Ultrarunner?
Dec16

Ultrarunner?

Oh my goodness, what did I just do? Ok so I just signed up for the Arc’teryx Squamish 50 50km race August 10,2013.  So far my amateur running career (if I can be so bold as to call it any kind of career) consists of a 10 mile and a 13 mile in 2009 and then a  full marathon in 2011 and 2012.  Just looking at the list on this page makes me realize I don’t really take baby steps when it comes to things like this. It’s all or...

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Into the Wild: the film, book and idea
Dec15

Into the Wild: the film, book and idea

I understood what he was doing, that he had spent four years fulfilling the absurd and tedious duty of graduating from college and now he was emancipated from that world of abstraction, false security, parents, and material excess. ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild Will contain spoilers, you’ve been warned. Time changes a person. When I first watched “Into the wild” back in 2007 I was working in IT, playing video games in my spare...

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Crown Mountain: Powder Pushers
Dec11

Crown Mountain: Powder Pushers

Mid last week we got wind of a planned trip to investigate and possibly climb Crater Couloir on Crown Mountain. It’s been on our radar for a while so we immediately put our names down to go along. Some details changed and due to a few of us needing to be back in the city earlier 4 of us, Spring, Leigh, Dean and Adrien ended up planning to start hiking at 4:30am it meant a 3am wakeup alarm on a Saturday but c’est la vie. We...

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MEC Light Degree Hoodie Review
Dec11

MEC Light Degree Hoodie Review

Even when our late Fall hikes turned into a full blown wintry adventure at -12 degrees, it always felt like I was being caressed by warm air in my MEC Light Degree Hoodie. When we spent 30 minutes taking in the “above the clouds” views on Mt Frosty that November afternoon, I never felt the chill of the cold mountain air reach through my jacket. I even wore it for the trip back and found it very comfortable. I am looking forward to...

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Get your nose against it
Dec06

Get your nose against it

The pleasure of risk is in the control needed to ride it with assurance so that what appears dangerous to the outsider is, to the participant, simply a matter of intelligence, skill, intuition, coordination… in a word, experience. – A.Alvarez I can’t remember when I first heard the maxim: “get your nose against it”, but it stuck. I repeat it as a mantra to myself, primarily in the mountains. Sometimes I’ll be standing at...

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