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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Prepare for the Salomon Valley to Peak Race in Whistler
Aug27

Prepare for the Salomon Valley to Peak Race in Whistler

On September 5th, 2015, British Columbia, Canada is going be introduced to a trail race that’s a completely different kind of animal. It’s famously said “the Summit is only the half-way point“, but what if it didn’t have to be? What if the summit was the end? Salomon has created this in Whistler with the Salomon Valley to Peak trail running race, a 23km/14.3M long run that gains over 1609m’s/5280ft...

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Canadian Wilderness Adventures: Canoe Tour
Jun23

Canadian Wilderness Adventures: Canoe Tour

< Part 1: ATV Tour with Canadian Wilderness Adventures After getting back to Whistler and cleaning the dust off ourselves from ATV’ing we met up with our guide Gavin to go Canoe the River of Golden Dreams. We joined a group of others that were stoked to have this experience also. Truth be told we’ve been meaning to do this river for quite a while after first hearing about it years ago. We’ve just never had the...

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The Shoulder Season Shuffle
Oct10

The Shoulder Season Shuffle

Before moving from Ireland to Canada I had never heard the term “shoulder season” before. Largely because Ireland only has 1 Season, which is that it’s rainy, a little cold, a little warm, sometimes sunny, all year round. Whereas Canada, more specifically, Southwest British Columbia where we live, definitely has 4 distinct seasons, well, that isn’t entirely true, it’s more like 2 seasons with 2 shoulders abutting them. The two main...

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