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Have an outdoor adventurer on your holiday shopping list? Lucky you! We're a fun bunch to shop for. Rather than buying her a gift card (boring) or another pair of long johns, give the explorer in your life something they really want...
Have an outdoor adventurer on your holiday shopping list? Lucky you! They're a fun bunch to shop for. Rather than buying him a gift card (boring) or another generic tool set, give the explorer in your life something they really want to...
Plaid isn’t just a pattern. It’s a vibe. Wearing plaid means you’re embracing fall and winter; that you are an outdoors-person at heart, even if you sit at a desk all day. There’s a reason Mack jackets are staples in Canadian...
Technical winter hiking boots open trails for explorers with cold feet. Merrell’s Thermo Freeze Mid Waterproof was designed with wet ice and slippery inclines in mind. Rigorously tested on uphill climbs and worn in freezing temperatures, numerous features pack a...
Story and Photos by Ngaio Hotte (IG: @creeks.and.peaks) Temperatures are falling, days are getting shorter and last weekend, the clocks clicked back an hour, so sunset is even earlier. The combination of these factors means that folks heading out...
Only a 50-minute drive from Vancouver and a 1.5-hour hike up a mountain, I was sliding on slick ice and crunching through frost-crusted snow. In October. For a good chunk of Canadians, this might not seem so impressive. Growing up in Alberta...
From gear for you, gear for your dog, to tasty snacks and self-care products... Explore staffers are obsessing over these 12 outdoor adventure items—find out why. ($200; yeti.com) For sopping wetsuits, muddy gumboots, heavy camp kitchen gear or whatever else you can...
You don’t have to spend a lot to get great gear. Here are three essentials that won't break the bank. Osprey Rook 65 The Rook has everything you need in a multi-day pack: a ventilated back panel that’s customizable and super comfortable...
Marmot’s brand-new, ISPO Gold Award-winning West Rib Parka is designed as a high-altitude, extreme-warmth outer layer. For Canadians, pedigree like that makes it the ideal winter insulator for all mountain adventures and, generally, winter life pretty much everywhere north of 49. Let’s...
($300; mec.ca) When you wash any synthetic fabric, microscopic bits break off. These micro-fibres slip through water treatment, enter the water cycle and are now found in pretty much every body of water on Earth—and are climbing the food chain. To...
Rain is inevitable. That it will ruin the day is preventable. Cotton clothing kills. It doesn’t wick sweat, takes a long time to dry and sucks warmth from the body. Leave it at home and instead bring clothing made from...
The arrival of sweater weather means it’s time to layer up, especially when adventuring outdoors. As the leaves turn, the days shorten and nights get colder, here’s what you’ll find me wearing and toting on sweaty fall adventures.
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