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Polished Wall Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, May 27, 2015

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Polished Wall is located at Kinnaird Bluffs in Castlegar, British Columbia. Follow the trail up and to the left (North) from Open Book Wall (page 29 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide). It’s an excellent wall for beginner sport and trad climbers although it’s important to note that the anchors are not easily accessible from […]

Review of the Black Diamond Nitro 22 Backpack

by Vince Hempsall, May 15, 2015

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Utah-based Black Diamond has no shortage of backpack offerings. In fact, the company makes about 70 different kinds of packs and that doesn’t include the Gregory line of backpacks, which parent company Black Diamond Inc. owns. The new Nitro line (which comes in a 22L and 26L versions) is one of the smallest they make […]

RFW Wall Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, May 10, 2015

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RFW Wall is located just past Scottie’s Marina on Broadwater Road. It features five of the best moderate trad/mixed routes in the area. For route and access descriptions please see page 21 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide. For a written description of La Femme Fromage, download the 2014 West Kootenay Rock Guide updates. RFW Wall […]

Popcorn Party Recap & Recipes

by Vince Hempsall, May 7, 2015

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On Friday, April 17, 2015 Marley Bassett celebrated her birthday with the first-ever-of-its-kind “Pop Off” popcorn party. Twenty-four of Marley’s friends (2 to a team) were invited to vie for glory by making popcorn recipes in three different divisions: “Savoury,” “Sweet” and “Open.” Each had 30 minutes to create their dish and then offer it […]

Review of the Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag & Q-Core Sleeping Pad

by Vince Hempsall, May 5, 2015

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Recently I was asked to review the Big Agnes Lost Ranger sleeping bag and Q-Core insulated pad – a sleep system that subscribes to the theory that down is useless crushed under your body weight and instead you should utilize the sleeping pad’s insulating qualities. The Lost Ranger bag only has down in two-thirds of […]