Tag Archives: hiking

Review of the Mountain Hardwear Ozonic 50 OutDry Pack

by Vince Hempsall, September 1, 2015

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California-based Mountain Hardwear has been around since 1993 and has been responsible for some of the most notable innovations in the outdoor market, namely welded technology in clothing, windows in tent flies and Windstopper Fleece. One of their latest inventions is “OutDry” technology – basically a construction style that “bonds a waterproof-breathable membrane directly to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review of the Sea to Summit Talus TS3 Sleeping Bag

by Vince Hempsall, March 30, 2015

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  When I was asked to review a Sea to Summit product, specifically the Talus TS3 sleeping bag, I jumped at the chance to check out something made by a company I respect so much. The Talus series of sleeping bags isn’t made from eVent fabric (unlike my favourite compression dry sacks made by Sea […]

Review of the Mountain Hardware Scrambler 30 Backpack

by Vince Hempsall, February 9, 2015

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Recently I was asked to review the Mountain Hardware Scrambler 30 Backpack with the new proprietary “Outdry” technology. According the company this new laminate is added to the inside of the pack and forms a “waterproof” membrane – perfect for alpine climbing situations that may get a bit damp. What I learned, though, is that it’s […]

Five Easy Nutrition Tips

by Vince Hempsall, November 5, 2014

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It’s amazing when you begin to research something as seemingly simple as eating. I mean, we all do it and we have done since the beginning of time so how hard can it be, right? The more I started unravelling the layers of this topic for a Mountain Trek blog post, though, the more I realized […]

7 Crucial Healthy Eating Tips

by Vince Hempsall, November 4, 2014

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I just finished a post for Mountain Trek about seven key things one should remember about food in order to maximize vitality. So many sources deal with what to eat but in this case I decided to look at WHEN to eat, which isn’t something you hear a lot of nutrition experts discussing. Having just […]

How To Keep Healthy and Active as the Cold Weather Approaches

by Vince Hempsall, October 7, 2014

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I just finished a post for Mountain Trek about how to stay active and healthy now that the days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping. The first tip in the blog definitely struck a chord with me because I gave up coffee for this month. I’m not a huge coffee drinker (I might […]

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 […]

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 […]