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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A Woman’s Place Is On Top
Feb28

A Woman’s Place Is On Top

The opening line of Arlene Blum’s book Annapurna: A Woman’s Place reads “You never conquer a mountain. You stand on the summit a few moments, then the wind blows your footprints away.” It’s a wonderful statement because it does not encompass gender or ability. There is nothing to be conquered, only moments to be experienced; it doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman. This book shares the experiences of a group of women set...

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MSR Reactor Hanging Kit: Thoughts on stoves in tents
Feb15

MSR Reactor Hanging Kit: Thoughts on stoves in tents

I recently bought the MSR Reactor Hanging Kit for my MSR Reactor Stove System and had an opportunity to test it out. At this point I guess I need to state that MSR recommends that you do not use their Reactor stove or the hanging kit inside the confines of a tent. For legal reasons I understand why they need to do this, it’s the same reason Q-tips needs to warn on their packaging “Do not insert in ear canal” which...

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