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 Wilderness Season’s Pass for the Canadian Rockies!
Nov09

The Wilderness Season’s Pass for the Canadian Rockies!

Bottom Line: If you live near the National Parks in Alberta, are planning to visit there and recreate for a week or more or simply want the option of staying somewhere road accessible that’s in the heart of the Canadian Rockies then you simply have to purchase the “Wilderness Season’s Pass” by Hostelling International. Observations: When I first learned about the “Wilderness Season’s Pass” I...

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Thule Versant 60L Backpack Review
Jun08

Thule Versant 60L Backpack Review

Bottom Line: The Thule Versant 60L pack is one of the most comfortable multi-day packs that I have worn in a long time. It’s durable, weather-proof and has a tonne of storage. This pack is made for people that want the ability to bring days worth of gear and still have use of your shoulders when the trip is over. Observations: I have had packs in the past, much more expensive packs I might add, that always killed my collarbones and...

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Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT 35 Outdry Backpack Review
May18

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT 35 Outdry Backpack Review

Bottom Line: A light, versatile and durable backpack that’s, more importantly, waterproof! Perfect for anything from rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, hiking… etc. Observations: Two years ago we tested the Scrambler 30 Outdry pack. You can see our review of that here: Scrambler 30 Outdry Pack Review. Back then one of my main concerns with that backpack was the lack of a roll-top closure. The main compartment was...

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Journeyman Lodge Review
Feb09

Journeyman Lodge Review

Bottom Line Visiting the Journeyman Lodge felt like visiting a good friend with a house that just happened to be nestled in the snowy mountains of the Callaghan Valley where we could ski right from the front door. This is a place where you are not just a customer, you are a guest in their home and are warmly invited by the hosts to enjoy the space as your own. A beautiful place to enjoy the backcountry without having to give up the...

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