Product Development

Have you ever wondered how a great piece of gear is brought into being? For one week last month I was invited to participate in the Outdoor Research sales/ marketing/ product development retreat at Valhalla Mountain Touring right here on my home turf in the West Kootenays. Our guide for the week was Evan Stevens,…

Adventures in Hair Care

I keep hearing people talk about how busy they are, and I thought I’d share one of my time-saving secrets with my blog readers: Don’t brush your hair. I mean never, except as a gesture of respect right before you go to your hair stylist. Not only is brushing your hair time consuming (the average…

Banff Landing

I arrived two nights ago after my seven-hour drive from my home in the West Kootenays. I was worried about feeling distracted being in Banff; after all I spent two decades living and climbing here in the Canadian Rockies. But luckily my friends are busy and the ice is slow in coming in. I have…

Dirtbag Chic

I learned a new phrase today from Freddie Wilkinson, another course participant, and it’s called “dirtbag chic”. We were sitting around the writers’ lounge when he downloaded the idea to me. “It’s the Yuppie who wears ratty outdoor clothing and drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon at the bar to fit in with the other lifestylers.” I…