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Best Damn BBQ Oyster Recipe on the Planet

by Vince Hempsall, September 30, 2014

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This time last year I was floating on the waters of Tomales Bay in California interviewing kayak guides and hearing about how the area was responsible for farming some of the best oysters on earth. When asked what their favourite way of eating them was, the responses were a toss-up between “raw” and “barbecued.” Having […]

2014 West Kootenay Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, September 30, 2014

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Wonow Media has announced the 2014 West Kootenay Rock Guide Updates are now available to download for free. The updates include over 200 new sport, trad and alpine rock climbing routes from all over the West Kootenay region of South-Central British Columbia including Castlegar, Nelson, Slocan Valley, Arrow Lakes region and Ymir as well as beta […]

Press Releases – Swing ‘em Like a Hammer

by Vince Hempsall, September 29, 2014

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I have to say it’s a pretty good feeling when a client gets splashed all over Canada’s largest newspaper, The Globe and Mail. Mountain Trek was featured on the cover of the Globe’s travel section this month and the story resulted in a half dozen direct bookings (worth over $25,000) that they know about and incalculable […]

Record Numbers Attend Kootenay Climbing Festival

by Vince Hempsall, September 22, 2014

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 I was happy to be involved with organizing TAWKROC’s third annual Kootenay Climbing Festival this past weekend.  A record number of kids came out and at one point there was a child on every single top rope on the wall. So awesome!  It was held at the Lion’s Head Pub in Robson and the events […]

Kootenay Climbing Festival Returns September 20th

by Vince Hempsall, September 18, 2014

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The Kootenay Rock Climbing Festival is pleased to announce that Australian mountaineering and climbing legend John Fantini will be guest speaking at the event. Fantini, who now resides in Penticton, BC, has innumerable first alpine and rock climbing ascents to his credit around the world and, at 71 years old, is still going strong, putting […]

Farewell to my Lucy Lawless

by Vince Hempsall, September 18, 2014

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A week ago I sold my 1988 Ford Ranger pick-up truck to a friend because the maintenance required on her was getting beyond my limited mechanic skills. It was a hard decision though as Lucy and I had been through some amazing adventures together. I bought her 7 years ago and named her Lucy Lawless […]

Sol Mountain Lodge’s Other Backcountry Season

by Vince Hempsall, September 14, 2014

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The Backcountry Ski Canada crew are at the Sol Mountain Lodge in the beautiful Monashee mountains near Revelstoke, British Columbia, to take part in their season, which is in full swing right now. Before you begin to wonder just how this is possible in the middle of September, let us clarify that it’s the midst […]

Backcountry Lodge + Mountain Biking = Luxury

by Vince Hempsall, September 14, 2014

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For many of us backcountry skiers, the off season is spent whiling away the hours flipping through back issues of ski porn mags, attending the occasional CrossFit class and dreaming of the white stuff. But for others, the summer and autumn months are an opportunity to take part in another sport that has us climbing […]