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I Saw a Dinosaur Then Wrote This Story

by Vince Hempsall, June 14, 2015


“Big fish do weird things to people. And by big fish I mean really big fish. They affect some part of our limbic brain and account for the bordering on manic popularity of Shark Week, River Monsters and Jaws(not so sure about this one, how about how people google giant catfish wrangling (magazines or movies?). […]

Riverside Crag Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, June 10, 2015

Riverside Crag Topo Ymir BC

This east-facing crag boasts a great view of the Salmo River in a tranquil setting away from traffic. It is located in the woods across the highway from the Hall Siding climbing area. (See page 76 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide.) To access it, though, you must take an earlier turn-off. About 800 metres […]

Review of the Julbo Classic Vermont Sunglasses

by Vince Hempsall, June 4, 2015


I had never even seen a glacier when I first donned a pair of Julbos in the 1980s. Sunglasses have come a long way since then but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that, for its 125th anniversary, the France-based company relaunched its classic Vermont mountaineering glasses. Founded by Jules Baud, who originally made goggles […]