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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…

Canoes And Kayaks Lined Up Along The Milk River

Testing a TRAK Kayak on the Milk River, Alberta

John and I along with my brother, Geoff spent a long weekend canoeing and kayaking the Milk River in southern Alberta. It's a river known to be shallow and loaded with rocks. In fact on the second day you have to negotiate the better part of 33 kilometres through what are called the rock gardens. Somehow my brother missed my description of the river and figured he was heading out on a leisurely flat water paddle. My…

Heated Socks – The Best Winter Gear for Toasty Feet

Have you seen a frozen toe - one that's so white it looks dead? That's been the state of my husband's toes in short order on every winter outing for years. After a 10 day winter trip to Ontario and Quebec I knew we had to find something that would solve the problem. John needs toasty feet on frosty days - and heated socks seems to be the only way to go. His problem stemmed from…

Gear Review: The Stash Belt for Hiding Money

If you travel, one of the perennial concerns is keeping your cash and valuables safe. Enter a new product for hiding money - the stash belt. Made from Kenyan leather by locals in Kenya to promote trade not aid, the 18 inch hidden zipper on the backside of the belt is capable of hiding up to $1000 in bills. Or you can hide a copy of your important scanned documents, medication or even small pieces…

Gear Review: Rise and Hang Duffel Bag

I have two bags I use for travel. One is a basic carry-on roller type bag and the other is my waterproof North Face duffel bag. I use the duffel bag primarily when I'm off on an adventure and I have a lot of gear with me. As you can well imagine - and probably experienced yourself - it's not exactly the picture of organization inside the duffel bag. In fact it's a veritable black hole. Well…

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