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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Small but Strong: The Lever Gear Toolcard Review

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 […]

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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 […]

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Cape Scott Trail: Day 3

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 […]

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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 […]

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Cape Scott Trail: Day 2

Cape Scott Trail: Day 2

Day 2 of my Cape Scott hiking trip in 2015. ** Hiking to Guise Bay The morning started out completely fogged in. We couldn’t see much. Oh well. Let’s go to the lighthouse anyways. It might clear up when we get there. The weather was warm and dry. I wasn’t complaining. A wet day dampens the […]

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