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Below is a guest post from my daughter Kristen. Recently we had the opportunity to try out the brand new While this isn’t the typical type of blog you’ll find on here, the reason we wanted to do a review boiled down to the fact that the mattress is designed for active people – it’s not just another mattress in a box. We’ve taken some time before releasing this review as we really wanted to…

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Outdoor Loving Friends & Family

With the clock ticking down to Christmas, it's time to start thinking about gifts for outdoor loving friends and family. There's no need to break the bank either. Lots of these gifts even fit the stocking stuffer category and all are available either online or in the Calgary Sporting Life stores.  I think (and hope) your friends and family would be thankful to receive any one of these 20 holiday gifts. For your friends and family…

3 Outdoor Clothing Brands that are Perfect for the Mountains

I spend a lot of my free time in the mountains - no matter what the season. Being properly dressed and prepared is critical to my well-being and those in my party, especially in winter. Three cutting edge outdoor clothing brands you probably haven't heard of do a particularly good job of offering comfort, durability, and style including Ortovox, Kari Traa and Houdini. That's not to say that some of my favourite outdoor clothing brands…

Arc’teryx Clothes Review and Backpack Giveaway

I've been a big fan of Arc'teryx clothes for years. I love their feminine cut and durability to the point where I wish the occasional piece of clothing would die because I'm so sick of it. But that's a happy problem in my books.  Arc'teryx clothes for men are equally good. John recently tried out the Perimeter Pant and the Phasic Evolution Crew T-shirt.  The Arc'teryx Perimeter Pant The Arc'teryx Perimeter Pant is a mid-weight pant…

Kuhl Clothing Review and Giveaway

Have you heard of the Kühl clothing brand out of Salt Lake City? I hadn't until they reached out to me a month ago and offered my husband a few pieces of clothing. After perusing their website we settled on a pair of cargo shorts and the Kuhl Team sweater. Upon receipt of the Kuhl clothing we were both very impressed. The clothing has a feeling of substance and quality. You don't see loose threads…

Keep Organized With Packing Cubes

Packing Made Easy: The Lewis N. Clark Solution

I have all sorts of adventures planned over the next six months from sea kayaking on the west coast of Canada to trekking in the Indian Himalayas. These two adventures and most of the others involve travel with either a backpack or duffel bag. If you've gone that route, you know how disorganized your bag can get in short order. Useful travel accessories Lewis N. Clark, an American company specializes in travel accessories. They offer bags…

Tips on How to Break in Hiking Boots

With hiking season upon us it's time to think about the state of your hiking boots. Perhaps you're like me - in love with the comfort of your old ones and all the memories that go with them. But at a certain point - and mine are there - it's time for a new pair. I've included tips here on what to look for in a new hiking boot - and importantly how to break…

The Best Gear for Adventure Travel

 As a travel blogger with an outdoor adventure focus my long time readers already know that I do my fair share of traveling. I never get tired of going places but I don't get a lot of enjoyment out of packing and unpacking, especially on trips when I'm trying to go carry-on only. Basically there are three types of trips I do; day trips where all I need is a small backpack; weekend adventures that…

Gear Review: The Arcteryx Trino Jacket & Tights

I admit to a bias. I love the outdoor clothing from Arcteryx- despite its hefty price tag. The clothing is timeless and doesn't wear out. Unlike Bill Bryson whom I quote below - I actually like what I've bought or been given - but I get to the point where I wish it would wear out. I'll have to live to 100. In his most recent work The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson waxes on about…

Gear Review: The Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter, especially in the mountains you appreciate a pair of icers. You don't have to be climbing some gnarly icefall to put a pair of Hillsound Trail crampons to use. Walking on a hard-packed, snow covered trail or on one with patches of ice can be tough going without some help. On several occasions since the fall either my husband, myself or a friend have tested…

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