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Boost your hiking energy: Glutathione Rapid Boost Sports Drink review

    Boost your hiking energy: Glutathione Rapid Boost Sports Drink review
    I’m always on the lookout for things that are going to help me go faster, farther and hurt less after an adventure. Better food, gear and technique all count. You can be way more fit than the next guy but if you can’t get out of bed for 2 days after then you won’t be on the trail much. I don’t normally get into supplements or tips for eating on the blog just because we’re mostly about gear. Sometimes I get my hands on other things that could improve your hiking in other ways, and I want to let you

    Light, Soft, Stretchy: Royal Robbins Traveler Stretch Pant Review

      Light, Soft, Stretchy: Royal Robbins Traveler Stretch Pant Review
      Making a good hiking pant is tough. It has to be light but durable and fit well. Traveler Stretch Pant from Royal Robins has met those and then some. I’ll dive into the specs and my experience with the Traveler Stretch Pant in this article but won’t touch on much of the history of Royal Robbins. I’ve done that in the MerinoLux 1/4 Zip Review if you want to know more. Specs The Traveller Stretch Pants features are simple. They fit well and are durable. Here's the specs: Discovery Stretch Nylon (96% nylon, 4% spandex) Tricot lined waistband Machine wash

      Better than merino? The Royal Robbins MerinoLux 1/4 Zip Review

        Better than merino? The Royal Robbins MerinoLux 1/4 Zip Review
        The elusive perfect merino shirt. Does it exist? Or do they all fall apart after wearing them hard? After finding out about merino working in a gear shop nearly 10 years ago, I’ve been infatuated with it’s amazing abilities. No smell, regulates your temperature, keeps some heat when wet. It seems like the perfect fabric for all outdoor clothing. There's one problem though.   It’s not very durable. Wear a piece of merino a lot and you’ll see holes in less than a year. After wearing many brands of merino  for some travel, work and all my outdoor adventures I

        How to set up a hammock: Rallt Double Camping Hammock Review

          How to set up a hammock: Rallt Double Camping Hammock Review
          Hammocks are dangerous if you sit in them wrong. But face the right direction and you can sleep in them all night. I set up the Rallt double hammock recently to start my testing. First time setting up a gathered-end style hammock. I’ve hooked up spreader-bar hammocks before. Easy. Hook the ring onto the hook. Done. For a gathered-end hammock it’s not much more. Put the straps around the tree, hook the carabiner on. Done. Sit crosswise and check out the view. Done. Lean back and fall out the other side. Almost. Apparently sitting in a hammock is harder than

          Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia Backpack Review

            Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia Backpack Review
            Most companies are in business to make money. They get to continue what they do if they make money to fund it. What happens with those profits though differs for each company. Some make money purely for the owners. Others, like Cotopaxi, are driven by a mission to use that money for a good cause. A certified B corporation, Cotopaxi takes 2% of revenues every year to fund grants around the world, helping active projects increase health, education and livelihoods in developing countries. They actively seek the best projects to fund and are transparent with exactly what they do with

            Win Family Tickets to the Vancouver Adventure Travel Show

              The Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show is coming up. March 4 and 5th more than 250 outdoor gear and adventure travel vendors cram into the Vancouver Convention Centre with brand new products to try, great deals on gear and big bike, SUP and kayak demos. “B.C.’s largest showcase of outdoor gear & adventure travel experiences” is what they call it. Sounds good eh. Win Tickets! We’ve got 2 family packs of 4 tickets to give away for the show in March in Vancouver. All you have to do is comment below to get a chance to win. Let us

              Small but Strong: The Lever Gear Toolcard Review

                Lighter and lighter is the game these days. How light can we go and still pack more and more stuff into each thing. Tools like the Leatherman are popular with outdoorsy types because they can do so much. You can do 20 things with one tool. And why stop at 20 things in a multi-tool or even 30? The Lever Gear Toolcard has 40 different tools built in. It’s hard to explain exactly all the things the Toolcards can do. It looks like they count all the different sizes of wrench each as it’s own tool. Which makes sense if you

                Review: Paleo Meals To Go

                  Review: Paleo Meals To Go
                  I tell friends and family that I eat mostly dehydrated meals on multi-day hikes and they look at me like I'm from another planet. "You actually eat that stuff?" Yup. And it's not that bad. Modern dehydrated food is pretty good compared to what most people are thinking of. But there are a few problems The problems with most dehydrated food Most bag meals available right now are not gluten-free, are full of preservatives and sure aren't paleo. If your diet falls into any of those categories or you just want something you can take hiking that isn't packed full

                  Cape Scott Trail: Day 3

                    Day 3 of my trip to Cape Scott in 2015. *** It's decision day. My quads and calfs are tired and feet are blistered. My hiking speed is... slow. The plan is to hike to Nissan Bight and then down to San Josef the next day. Do I hike with the rest of the group and then 22 km down to San Josef Bay? Or do I break it up and hike to Eric Lake, a 15km hike, leaving the last 7 for the day after? That would leave an easy 3km hike out to the parking lot the last

                    VI Spine Trail: Nitinat River to Tuck Lake

                      VI Spine Trail: Nitinat River to Tuck Lake
                      Part of my work with the Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association is to check on sections of the trail. I've been working my way through the Tuck Lake section. Take a look at the VI Spine Trail map to see the route. The Tuck Lake section is west of Cowichan Lake and south of Port Alberni. One of the lakes the trail passes by is Tuck Lake, hence the name. It also passes by Francis and Darlington which are beautiful. This trip report is from a recent trip to hike the section from Nitinat River west to Tuck Lake and

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