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Rotten Dreads – An Extra Foods Memorial

by Vince Hempsall, January 30, 2015


Two places in Nelson have a special place in my heart – or, more accurately, my stomach. First there’s the Kootenay Co-op grocery store where you’ll find healthy dreadlocked hippies crammed into tiny aisles filled with chaste consumables and $5 carrots. And then there was the former Extra Foods store, a vast warehouse where you’d find […]

Yellow Sling Wall Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, January 20, 2015


For further descriptions about climbs at the Kinnaird Bluffs area in the community of Castlegar in south-central British Columbia, Canada, refer to page 27 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide. Access: See page 35 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide for a description on how to reach the Yellow Sling Wall and Red Rocks Wall […]

Review of the High Trail Evotec Skins

by Vince Hempsall, January 15, 2015


Nova Sport AG, the Switzerland-based parent company of the High Trai brand, was founded in 2005 by Yvonne Rochat and since then has tried to perfect climbing skin technology. For years it offered the Classic, which is a glue-based, 100 percent mohair skin, but now the company has ventured into the “glueless” market with its […]

Review of the Mountain Hardwear Compressor Jacket & Pants

by Vince Hempsall, January 4, 2015


There have been very few moments in my lifetime when I wished I had a pair of down pants. The exceptions have been skiing at Mont Tremblant in Quebec during a -30°C spell and snowshoeing in Manitoba in -40°C weather. I suppose if I was scaling Everest or mushing dogs in the Yukon then I’d […]