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Kayaking the Seventy48 Race

Kayaking the Seventy48 Race

By: Russell Henry What It’s Like to Paddle 70 miles in 11 hours in the Seventy48 Recently the inaugural Seventy48 race went down in Washington State. Created by the Race to Alaska crew, this race was solely for human-power craft only – no sailing allowed. Starting in Tacoma at 5:30 pm and ending in Port Townsend at the same time two days later the race…
whitewater kayaking safety tips

whitewater kayaking safety tips

Russell Henry shares the story of a close call while whitewater kayaking and some safety tips for other paddlers Whitewater paddling can be an extremely dangerous sport, especially when seeking out rivers that have not been paddled before and take a lot of effort to get too. On Vancouver Island, these first descent rivers are much easier to visit due to the network of logging…
Mount Cain Ski Hill

Mount Cain Ski Hill

By James Rogers All you need to know about skiing on Mount Cain on Vancouver Island, including that it is best kept a secret. First off don’t tell anyone that I wrote this. Mount Cain in the north of Vancouver Island might be considered a local’s secret and many are happy to keep it that way. If you don’t believe me check out the bumper…
How Made Kayaks was Made

How Made Kayaks was Made

An interview with Ron Crown, the creator of Made Kayaks We love working in the outdoor adventure market. We love inspiring others to get out there and getting out there ourselves. We are grateful to those inventive minds that create the gear that helps us do our jobs and get out there ourselves. One of these inventive minds is Ron Crown, the creator of Made…
Adventure Vehicles: life on the road

Adventure Vehicles: life on the road

By Russell Henry Home is where the adventures are. Adventure Vehicles: homes on wheels Living in British Columbia almost everyone has a backyard bike trail, local climbing crag, or after work class 3 river run. It’s when we start to look beyond our local areas that we discover so much more of the wild world of adventure. We make longer and longer drives for weekend…
Top 10 stocking stuffers for the weekend warrior

Top 10 stocking stuffers for the weekend warrior

Here are our top 10 stocking stuffer recommendations for the weekend warrior on your list. We all want to experience the joy of getting a gift no one was expecting on Christmas. What is even better than that is when the person getting the gift could truly use it. Then you are the hero who is great at surprises AND knowing your friends/family well. So…
Tiny Houses for Big Adventures

Tiny Houses for Big Adventures

Tiny House Living is perfect for the Adventurer Tiny House living seems to be all the rage these days. Trendy small homes on wheels and micro cabins in the woods are making their way onto covers of magazines and are plastered all over social media. Why is small living becoming so popular? For me the answer is simple: Freedom to adventure and time to create…
How to Care for Blundstones

How to Care for Blundstones

By Pam Mann Check out our selection of Blundstones How to properly care for Blundstone boots Blundstone boots, whether they are smooth leather or nubuck(suede), are very easy to care for.  With a little TLC they will last for many adventures! Smooth leather care The majority of Blundstone boots are made from a Greasy Kip Leather. This leather is treated at the factory to be…
Top 5 Fall Paddling Spots near Victoria

Top 5 Fall Paddling Spots near Victoria

Our Top 5 best places to see fall foliage from the water this Autumn in Victoria, BC We have a short Autumn season here on the west coast of Canada. A lot of rain leads to a quick fall and long drawn out ‘winter’ of bare branches and very little snow. So when the leaves begin to change you have to take full advantage of…
Pacific Marine Circle Route by Motorcycle

Pacific Marine Circle Route by Motorcycle

By Brian Henry Total distance 208km, plus more for exploring I love to explore as many things on the Island as I can. The Pacific Marine Circle Route includes so many opportunities to see the true Vancouver Island experience – completing the route on a motorcycle was a must. This quick trip was an exploratory mission to understand many of the things we can put…
Why you need to try SUP yoga

Why you need to try SUP yoga

Our top 5 reasons you need to Try SUP yoga this year We love stand up paddle boarding, we love yoga so it only makes sense that we would love SUP yoga too. Do you like Paddle boarding? Do you like Yoga? Do you like trying new things? If you answered yes to at least one of those questions you have got to try SUP…
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