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Trail Flagging

One of the most frustrating things for a distance runner is to get lost due to poor flagging. Sometimes this can even be dangerous. Therefore, it is a key responsibility of racer management and flaggers to ensure flagging is executed to the highest level.   The basic benchmarks for flagging at Sweaty Yeti are:   Flagging comes in two colours: …

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Norvan Jacket

My trusty MEC Outtathere jacket, purchased on clearance sale using my annual dividend in preparation for Fat Dog 120 ’16, has seen me through a lot of adventures. Its cheerful orange is highly visible, and it packs down into a tiny package. However, its fit is not very sleek, and the Pertex fabric is quite delicate – the lumbar region …

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Tenderfoot Boogie 2017

One of my long-standing projects since moving to Squamish has been to run to Whistler. I finally checked this box, with the 2017 Tenderfoot Boogie. The first Boogie, in 2010, saw 12 people and 3 teams complete the 50 mile marquee event, and a further 34 complete the shorter distances. 2011 was a bit smaller, with 32 people in total …

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MSR Pocket Rocket

There are few things better at the end of a solid day of fast-packing than to cook up a hot meal… and then brew a strong cup of coffee to get going the next day. There are few things worse about fast-packing than trying to fit a stove and pots into your pack. Two products which really help with this …

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0

I’ve been running in Altra shoes for about a year and a half, and they have revolutionized my running. There are two characteristics which set Altra apart from other shoe brands: The Altra range is split, broadly, into road and trail ranges, each with low, medium and high stack-heights (degree of cushioning). My very first pair of Altras were second-hand …

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Be Fearless Marathon

When my friends at Run Like a Girl said they were putting on a trail marathon, I must admit that I was expecting a “sweet” marathon aimed at drawing a broad selection of people, and making sure they had a fun day. Don’t get me wrong – that is a great goal, and I think there is room in the …

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SOL Emergency Bivvy

SOL (“Survive Outside Longer”) has a pretty clear mission – provide modest-cost items to improve safety in the backcountry for recreational and light-and-fast users; emergency blankets and bivvy bags, along with first aid kits, are their bread-and-butter. They don’t provide the bomb-proof bivvy bags alpinists would want, but that isn’t their target segment. Their blankets range from $7 heavy duty …

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Black Diamond Storm 2017

The Storm has filled an important niche in the Black Diamond line-up for several years now: reasonably powerful, pretty small, and reasonably long battery life – the Goldilocks option between the light-weights like the Ion and the heavy-hitting Icon. I wrote favourably about it in my original headtorch review, suggesting it might be the best option for almost all runners …

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Vancouver 100, 2017

The Vancouver 100 was first run by the Vancouver chapter of Club Fat Ass in 2005, and it was my first ultra in 2015. Starting and ending at the famous fire-hydrant at Panorama Park, it roughly follows the Baden Powell trail from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay, before turning around for the return leg. In the 100km of running, the …

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Arc’Teryx Base Layer

May is the time of year that I prep for the Vancouver 100 – one of the harder 100km races, despite being within sight of downtown Vancouver for most of its length. This year, there is a lot more snow than in past years, but the temperatures at low elevations are fairly warm; add to this that I am planning …

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Norvan Jacket

My trusty MEC Outtathere jacket, purchased on clearance sale using my annual dividend in preparation for Fat Dog 120 ’16, has seen me through a lot of adventures. Its cheerful orange is highly visible, and it packs down into a tiny package. However, its fit is not very sleek, and the Pertex fabric is quite delicate – the lumbar region …

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MSR Pocket Rocket

There are few things better at the end of a solid day of fast-packing than to cook up a hot meal… and then brew a strong cup of coffee to get going the next day. There are few things worse about fast-packing than trying to fit a stove and pots into your pack. Two products which really help with this …

View Post

Altra Lone Peak 3.0

I’ve been running in Altra shoes for about a year and a half, and they have revolutionized my running. There are two characteristics which set Altra apart from other shoe brands: The Altra range is split, broadly, into road and trail ranges, each with low, medium and high stack-heights (degree of cushioning). My very first pair of Altras were second-hand …

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SOL Emergency Bivvy

SOL (“Survive Outside Longer”) has a pretty clear mission – provide modest-cost items to improve safety in the backcountry for recreational and light-and-fast users; emergency blankets and bivvy bags, along with first aid kits, are their bread-and-butter. They don’t provide the bomb-proof bivvy bags alpinists would want, but that isn’t their target segment. Their blankets range from $7 heavy duty …

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Black Diamond Storm 2017

The Storm has filled an important niche in the Black Diamond line-up for several years now: reasonably powerful, pretty small, and reasonably long battery life – the Goldilocks option between the light-weights like the Ion and the heavy-hitting Icon. I wrote favourably about it in my original headtorch review, suggesting it might be the best option for almost all runners …

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Arc’Teryx Base Layer

May is the time of year that I prep for the Vancouver 100 – one of the harder 100km races, despite being within sight of downtown Vancouver for most of its length. This year, there is a lot more snow than in past years, but the temperatures at low elevations are fairly warm; add to this that I am planning …

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Gear Review: Petzl Tikka

The Petzl Tikka was probably the first highly successful LED torch when it came out in 2000. Since then, the Tikka range has expanded from the basic unit ($26, 85g powered by three AAA cells) to the RXP version, costing $121, weighing 115g and powered by a USB-rechargeable and offering reactive light. This review will focus on the basic version. …

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Gear Review: BD Icon head torch

When I needed to get a new light for Survival Run Nicaragua in early 2016, I spent quite a bit of time looking at the current options, and decided that the Black Diamond Icon is hands-down the best for what I do….18-36 hour runs and some mountaineering. (You are referred to my earlier article for a more generalized discussion of …

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Gear Review: Head Torches

A perennial question going around ultra-running circles is which light-source to use. As with all things ultra, the answer is an absolute “it depends”! The main metrics to consider are: Carry type Brightness Burn time (both at maximum brightness and, more importantly, at the brightness you will generally use for running) Battery type (primarily replaceable vs rechargeable) Quality of light …

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Tenderfoot Boogie 2017

One of my long-standing projects since moving to Squamish has been to run to Whistler. I finally checked this box, with the 2017 Tenderfoot Boogie. The first Boogie, in 2010, saw 12 people and 3 teams complete the 50 mile marquee event, and a further 34 complete the shorter distances. 2011 was a bit smaller, with 32 people in total …

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Be Fearless Marathon

When my friends at Run Like a Girl said they were putting on a trail marathon, I must admit that I was expecting a “sweet” marathon aimed at drawing a broad selection of people, and making sure they had a fun day. Don’t get me wrong – that is a great goal, and I think there is room in the …

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Vancouver 100, 2017

The Vancouver 100 was first run by the Vancouver chapter of Club Fat Ass in 2005, and it was my first ultra in 2015. Starting and ending at the famous fire-hydrant at Panorama Park, it roughly follows the Baden Powell trail from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay, before turning around for the return leg. In the 100km of running, the …

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Trail Flagging

One of the most frustrating things for a distance runner is to get lost due to poor flagging. Sometimes this can even be dangerous. Therefore, it is a key responsibility of racer management and flaggers to ensure flagging is executed to the highest level.   The basic benchmarks for flagging at Sweaty Yeti are:   Flagging comes in two colours: …

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