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Are you striving to ensure your outdoor gear lasts for years? Heidi Allen, marketing director for Nikwax North America—a U.K.-based manufacturer of cleaning, conditioning and waterproofing products—stresses one vital tip that extends across the gear-care spectrum: “Clean it!” “This is probably...
Why write a trail running guide? Isn’t it just as simple as lacing up and running into the woods? A quick web search would lead you to believe as much. But we wager to guess Wikipedia hasn’t run a single...
"It was a really shitty year,” says Katrina Van Wijk. In 2014, the professional whitewater kayaker had been raging along—after competing on the World Cup slalom race circuit for Canada, she transitioned to paddling steep creek races, hard exploratory descents...
As the weather gets warmer and spring turns into summer, experienced hikers and novice outdoor explorers alike flock to the woods. As great as it is to be outdoors, it’s imperative to have a healthy respect for the dangers that...
In many ways, Brooke Willson seems like a typical sponsored athlete. She spends most of her time gallivanting around the world on fantastic adventures. Her home looks like the inside of an MEC, stuffed with tents, clothing and kayaks—mostly given...
“I would have said ‘No, that’s ridiculous. Why would I ever want to run that far?’” Krar, 38, who grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, has run competitively for most of his life. But it wasn’t until late 2012 that he...
This makes me at once a guy with a problem and a guy with a lot in common with his fellow countrymen and women. Let’s face it, Canadians love their outdoor sports and beer. It’s a pairing as natural as...
Then, about a week later, reports emerged of a hiker assaulting a mountain biker with trekking poles. Both happened early this year along busy trails on Mount Fromme, in the heart of Vancouver’s North Shore. After charges were laid in...
It’s one thing to be deliberately mocked by some mutant climber, but the kid wasn’t trying to be insulting or sarcastic. She was genuinely puzzled about why I, a four-time rock climbing National Champion, couldn’t climb a new boulder problem...
“If you catch it early and remove it properly you greatly reduce your risk of contracting the disease,” says Jim Wilson, of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation. “And if you do get Lyme disease, early diagnosis and treatment is...
It only takes one click and the next thing you know you’re on some far off website watching a video of baby animals burping. The key to efficient online shopping means staying focused and following these suggestions: Know what you want:...
Just strap your canoe or kayak to your vehicle’s roof-rack and away you go. To ensure that this outing isn’t spoiled by an emergency on the water, it’s important that we take a few extra precautions before heading out. A...
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