Salomon S-LAB XA Alpine Shoe Review
Oct07

Salomon S-LAB XA Alpine Shoe Review

Bottom Line: The Salomon S-LAB XA Alpine is an all mountain trail shoe designed for higher altitude alpine topography. Made for longer days in the mountains with varied conditions requiring durability, stability, traction and foot protection, this is a superb technical alpine running shoe. Salomon S-LAB XA Alpine Observations: Personally I am a huge fan of the S-LAB line of shoes that Salomon makes and the XA Alpine running shoe is...

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Island Lake Lodge Review
Feb14

Island Lake Lodge Review

Bottom Line: Close your eyes and think about the perfect mountain cabin setting. You might be picturing something like this: sitting on the balcony of a log cabin looking out over a beautiful alpine lake with a vast mountain range within hiking distance, the jagged peaks piercing the cobalt blue sky above. If this is similar to what you just had in your mind, you just pictured Island Lake Lodge. At Island Lake you can enjoy everything...

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The Amazing ACC Clubhouse in Canmore
Mar19

The Amazing ACC Clubhouse in Canmore

Bottom Line: The Alpine Club of Canada Clubhouse in Canmore is a hostel like no other we’ve ever seen. We almost don’t want to let the secret out about this place as we want to keep it to ourselves. But that wouldn’t be fair. If you are staying in Canmore for it’s access to adventures and want to immerse yourself in mountain culture then you simply have to book a stay at the ACC Clubhouse. Observations:...

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10 Things My First Ultra Taught Me
Nov09

10 Things My First Ultra Taught Me

Technically anything over the marathon distance of 42.2 km (26.2 miles) is classified as an ultra distance. With this in mind it means I officially ran my first ultra trail race in August 2013, when I ran the Squamish 50 50 km (31 miles) trail race. However, it wasn’t until I decided to run my first 80 km (50 mile) trail race that it actually felt like I was entering the ultra arena. This felt monumental and to be honest a...

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Tears on Mount Harvey
May29

Tears on Mount Harvey

A few weeks ago we did a popular North Shore hike that we had previously done for the first time in 2011, Mount Harvey. It has spectacular scenery, on one side of the ridge the Pacific ocean with a chain of islands stretching out as far as the eye can see , and on the other side a sea of beautiful coastal mountains with no end in sight. But it wasn’t just the fantastic scenery that had me reminiscing on this trip. This years summit...

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