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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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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Ice Climbing, The Rambles: A Photo Essay
Mar21

Ice Climbing, The Rambles: A Photo Essay

Recently we drove a few hours North in search of good Ice to climb near the Gold Rush town of Lillooet, BC. We weren’t hopeful as the conditions over the previous few weeks had not been favorable. In the 11th hour we received word that The Rambles, an area about a 30min drive South of Lillooet, was “in” meaning the ice could still be climbed. We booked a cheap Motel in Lillooet, crammed all our climbing gear into the...

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Hurley Silver Mine
Jan17

Hurley Silver Mine

Sometimes it’s nice to tag along on a trip and not really do anything to plan it. It’s too easy nowadays to completely destroy any discovery when exploring a new area by doing research online. Most places will have pictures of everything on the route, 360’ video panoramas, HD Satellite imagery available in Google Earth, with detailed reports describing every step of the way. (I’m aware of the irony of writing this and posting it...

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Marmot Quasar Down Jacket Review
Dec23

Marmot Quasar Down Jacket Review

Recently I was in the market for a new insulating layer to add to my current layering system. I have a heavy Down Jacket by TNF, which is great for Winter use, but through the Summer and shoulder seasons, or even in the Winter when stopping for only a few minutes for a break, it’s mostly overkill. So for a lighter alternative, I narrowed it down to two choices; The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket and the Marmot...

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