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Black Diamond Distance Z Carbon Poles

Gear Review: Black Diamond Distance Z Carbon Running Poles European runners, perhaps encouraged by wider experience with skiing, have long been believers in running poles… but now more North American runners, especially at the longer distances, are coming to the party. With this, there has been more discussion about technique, access to a wider range of products, and a faster …

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Altra Escalante

I’ve been running in Altra shoes for about a year and a half, and they have revolutionized my running. You can read my other Altra gear reviews to read about what makes Altra special and why I think they are the bomb! The Escalante is one of the completely new shoes from Altra for 2017, the other being the King …

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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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Sea to Summit X-Pots

One of the things I enjoy most about the mountains is moving quickly and efficiently. For over-nighters and fast-packs, one of the barriers to moving fast is the bulk and weight of the cooking equipment. Once you put a stove, gas canister and a couple stainless steel pots, your pack is already quite bulky and heavy. The Sea to Summit …