Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket
Oct20

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket

Bottom Line: A hooded jacket that finds that narrow balancing point between warmth, durability and weight. Perfect as a belay jacket for rock and ice climbing, a ski touring mid-layer or as an ultralight jacket to always have stuffed into a corner of your pack for when the mountains are a little chillier than anticipated. Observations: I had the opportunity to test out the Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket on a number of cold...

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Mountain Hardwear OpticVue 2.5 Tent Review
Oct19

Mountain Hardwear OpticVue 2.5 Tent Review

Bottom Line: A spacious and feature rich 2 person, 3 season tent. The OpticVue 2.5 has a really interesting design that allows for 180 degree views. A bit heavy for backpacking, but still manageable. Perfect for car camping or kayak/canoe trips! Observations: I got to use this on a number of multi-day trips, mainly a week long sea kayaking adventure as well as several road-trips. I’ve come to love this tent so much that it is...

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Hat Mountain Photo Essay
Mar09

Hat Mountain Photo Essay

Hat Mountain is a small peak in the North Shore Mountains near Vancouver that is not as popular due to being dwarfed by it’s neighbour summits of Brunswick Mountain and Mount Hanover but also because it is not heavily featured in hiking guidebooks for the area. I’ve found that mountains that are well documented and detailed in guidebooks will almost always grow in popularity. The description for Hat Mountain on the popular...

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Descending Box Canyon, Squamish
Jul25

Descending Box Canyon, Squamish

All great Canada Days should start in a canoe in our opinion and on July 1st, Canada Day 2014, ours was no exception. Myself and Spring, along with 6 others loaded into 3 canoes on the east shore of the Squamish river and made a crossing to the west side and the trail head for Echo Lake. We followed this trail for a while before branching off and following Box Canyon Creek upstream for a while. The geology in this area is amazing with...

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The Curse of West Coast Living
Apr25

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...

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