Hiking: Tips and Tricks
Oct04

Hiking: Tips and Tricks

Sometimes, the best tips and tricks are learnt the hard way, so I thought I’d compile a list of some of mine that I’ve picked up over the last few years from hiking and backpacking through all four seasons and from valley floor to mountain top. Tie your shoe laces properly: This is a bit of a life hack as you can utilize it outside of hiking. If you find your boot laces start to loosen every few hours when you’re hiking you probably...

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Amazeballs
Oct03

Amazeballs

I wanted to share one of my absolute favourite recipes. You have probably seen quite a few versions of “snack or energy balls” around, but as a lover of everything that is almond I love this one.  No cooking, no fussing and no prep time required. These are a cinch to make. Just throw the ingredients into a food processor, wiz it up and then roll into balls.Within minutes you will be enjoying a delicious healthy treat. Here...

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Arc’teryx Cierzo 35 Backpack Review
Apr09

Arc’teryx Cierzo 35 Backpack Review

Size: 0.58kg/20 oz 35L/40L max Activity: Rock Climbing/Ice Climbing/Alpine Climbing See link for full list of features: Arc’teryx Cierzo 35 Daypack – Black Previously the only pack I owned and used was a 55lt Gregory Pack, with all the straps, pockets and loops you would ever need. Although I still love and use this pack, mostly in winter when I want a bit more comfort, it wasn’t always appropriate for light summer...

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Our first tent: The MSR Mutha Hubba
Mar27

Our first tent: The MSR Mutha Hubba

Back in mid 2010 myself and my wife knew we needed to bite the bullet and start buying all our camping and hiking gear. We’d recently moved to BC, Canada from Ireland and knew that we wanted to start exploring the mountains as soon as possible. The problem was we knew nobody and didn’t know anything about how to properly hike or camp in the backcountry. All our shirts were cotton, all our pants were denim, our shoes were bought for...

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Ice Climbing, Canmore
Mar08

Ice Climbing, Canmore

Swing like you screw, kick like you poo. “I don’t screw like that” a girl replied cheekily from the back row of our Ice Climbing group. Our instructor, Carl, paused a moment, cracked a wry smile in response and moved on: “When you swing your Ice Tools get your hips in against the ice, legs extended and shoulders out, like you screw. When you want to kick, hang off your highest tool and get your butt out, like you’re going to poo and...

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Today I Beet My Best Time…
Mar07

Today I Beet My Best Time…

Today was my planned long training run – 16km’s(10 miles) on trail. I made sure to eat a breakfast of champions, as I always try to do before I run. Today’s menu consisted of one slice of rye toast with ham, cheese and 1 egg, 3/4 cup of porridge with milk , half of a grapefruit and 1 cup of coffee (and the answer is yes I have always had a big appetite). But as I was back and forth from the fridge putting breakfast...

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