Category Archives: Travelling

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BASE Jumping in Twin Falls, Idaho

by Vince Hempsall, January 10, 2016

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Sometimes the story behind the story can be just as interesting. In this case I was researching an article for Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine about tandem BASE jumping (download the PDF here: KMC BASE JUMP ARTICLE) and, when I finally lined up a jump with Sean Chuma, owner of Tandem BASE in Twin Falls, Idaho, I was a bit […]

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 […]

Review of the Black Diamond Element 60 Backpack

by Vince Hempsall, June 7, 2014

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Backpacks are a tricky thing – you don’t want too many bells and whistles because they’ll just increase the weight, but you don’t want a garbage bag either. I tend to prefer those packs that fall into the middle of the road: just enough straps to keep everything in place but without dozens of pockets, external […]

Review of the RAB Neutrino 200 Down Sleeping Bag

by Vince Hempsall, May 9, 2014

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I’m a hot guy in bed. That is, my body is like a 6-foot furnace when I’m horizontal for the night. And when I sleep outside, that furnace seems to kick into overdrive. I’ve spent more than one evening lying in a tent wishing I could just tear a hole in the fabric to increase […]

Review of the Exped 40L Mountain Lite Backpack

by Vince Hempsall, December 26, 2012

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Exped’s tagline is “Maximum outdoor experience with minimal means” and their Mountain Lite backpack series definitely lives up to the mantra. These packs eschew any of the bells and whistles in favour of the bare essentials wrapped into a comfortable hiking pack. Before I continue, however, I should be clear that while the Mountain Lite […]

Review of the Exped Ultralite 500 Down Sleeping Bag

by Vince Hempsall, December 26, 2012

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In 2009 Exped completely changed my backcountry sleeping experience. Until that time I had endured innumerable nights on a well-known brand name sleeping pad, which was like sleeping on a slice of tissue paper. No matter how tiny the rock, root or rodent underneath me, I could feel every poke and prod the second I […]