Choose Your Own Title (You’ll Have to Read to the End to See!)

Twice this winter I picked up the phone to hear a slightly defeated-sounding local business owner nervously begin their sentence with: “Sorry, but…” And twice this winter I surprised them by saying, “It’s OK, I understand.” The past year has wreaked havoc on all aspects of society, and in the wake of the pandemic many have sought solace outdoors. That’s supposed to be a good thing, right? COVID has caused real pain and divisiveness, but…

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Lightening the Load – Packing for the Trails

If you subscribe to an ultralight ethos that borders on insanity, there’s no need for you to read any further. I’m sure you’re a wonderful person, but this post isn’t for you. This blog post is for the casual backcountry camper looking to shave a few pounds from their pack but aren’t sure how to do it. Chances are you a) make it into the interior 2-3 times a year and aren’t planning on any…

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Race Reports

Pick Your Poison Race Report

Note: Saturday April 25, 2020 was supposed to be 12th running of Pick Your Poison. However, due to COVID-19 it was unfortunately cancelled for the new race directors. I know you’ll be back for next year! I’ve dusted off a race report I wrote in 2015 to help me relive one of my favourite races ever. Pick Your Poison 2015 – Horseshoe Valley (25k) Pick Your Poison (PYP) is always held on the last Saturday…

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Trail Running

Advice for Multi-Use Trail Users

I didn’t like the way they were saying it, but I agreed with them. As more people are getting outside due to the COVID-19 pandemic – which in itself is a controversial issue – I’m reminded of a time last year when I overheard a few mountain bikers recapping their ride while I was getting warmed up for a run. The afterglow of a good run or ride is part of why I love coming…

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