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Frosty 50, 2017

Manning Park is a wonderful little escape from Vancouver. Only 40 minutes past Hope (the home of Rambo… for real… check it out), it doesn’t take long to get some good mountain running in a completely different setting. While the flagship race is, and always will be, the Fat Dog 120, there is another race, less well known, but with …

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Calvus Visor

The only thing more distinctive of ultra runners than bushy beards is our proliferation of hats – trucker hats, baseball caps, buffs, visors, kepis… I’ve even seen a fedora! Our choice of hat is as much a fashion statement of ourselves as a practical solution to the challenges we face on the trail. I’ve been running with an Arcteryx visor …

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Survival Run Canada – Race Report

Joseph on the double rappel Joseph on the double rappel As the dust settles from the inaugural Survival Run Canada, I am sitting on my deck in Squamish, watching the evening sun on the Chief, and reflecting on the past weeks of madness. We decided to do something different from past Survival Runs for this first race, making it 36 …

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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. This article gives an overview of our approach. Sweaty Yeti will be offering half-day training clinics …

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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 …