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Life Motivation – Get Busy Livin’

Not a lot of people would know this about me but every morning, as I am going about my routine and getting ready for the day ahead I listen to motivational videos on Youtube.

If someone is around I wear headphones and if I am alone I listen to them out loud – really loud. My new room mate came home the other day while I was doing laundry and of course I had the motivational speeches cranking on my laptop. (more…)

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What The Hell Is Bikepacking? – A Guide And Gear List.

“What the hell is bikepacking?” I asked myself when I stumbled across this odd word while researching for my upcoming adventure to Iceland.

Although not a new activity this portmanteau (big words for big kids) is certainly a new word and making it’s way into the mainstream of adventure lingo. Combining “biking” and “backpacking” it perfectly describes the act of long distance cycling through backcountry tracks and roads that one would otherwise hike over.

Although I didn’t know it at the time I was already planning my own bikepacking adventure and quickly incorporated the term into my vocabulary – much to the confusion of my friends.

As much for my own purposes as it will hopefully be for yours, this article is going to be a break down why you should go bikepacking and give you a complete list of everything you need to go on your first, or next bikepacking adventure. (more…)

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Stand Up Paddle Board Hiking to Lake Garibaldi – Why Not?

Hiking and stand up paddle boarding are not activities that usually go together. Paddle boards are long, cumbersome and would be nearly impossible to manoeuvre through the trees during a hike unless you walked through a field. Not to mention the fact that less is more when it comes to weight.

This was the case for my friends and I until last weekend when we set off on our first stand up paddle board hiking adventure. Yes, it is a mouthful to say but the possibilities this new form of adventure open up are endless and exciting.

Here is the story on how we may have became the first people to stand up paddle board on Lake Garibaldi. (more…)

Mt Cheam Summit

Hiking Guide – The Snowy Summits Of Mt Cheam.

It had always been our intention to hike to the summit of Crown Mountain just North of Vancouver but a last-minute snow condition warning had us opt for another route.

The day before, my friend Matt had been riding his motorbike along a dirt track past Chilliwack and spotted what looked like a hike-able peak and suggested we do that instead. So with a last-minute decision we chose to hike Mt Cheam and see what adventures we could find.

Marathon Running

Minimalistic Marathon – My Quest To Break 3 Hours.

After completing my first marathon in honour of my late father, I swore I would never do one again. It hurt too much, it was too far, training took up too much time and basically I was emotionally drained from the ordeal I had just gone through.

Fast forward 7 years and there I was lining up at the start of my second marathon. Once again running for someone I love – my niece Sienna who had just been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma – and also a little fitness goal that had been niggling inside me the last few years. I wanted to run a sub 3 hour marathon!

The ensuing article takes a look inside my training regime, preperation and what went right and wrong on race day and the lead up to it. (more…)