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Easter climbing at Horne Lake

Horne Lake is a small climbing area on Vancouver Island, about 70km north-west of Nanaimo. The setting is beautiful, right above a huge lake with no big roads for miles around. More interestingly, the cliffs are made of limestone and … Continue reading

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Headwind and (eventual) happiness-Deception Pass Dash 2012

The horn blows, over a hundred paddlers all around me start paddling like mad, and I think to myself CRAP, as my left hand is in my poggie, and the right one isn’t yet. But lets rewind to the start. … Continue reading

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Go anyway, or my latest trip to Skookumchuck

As a sea kayaker that’s always been drawn to dynamic water, I have been hooked on surfing Skookumchuck from the first trip with VKC last year. It has even become something of an obsession, checking tidal software for the good … Continue reading

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How to surprise a seal and other sea kayaking tips

Caitlin’s organising a sea kayaking trip around Howe Sound. What a good idea, I thought. And indeed it was. A small group of us set off from Gibsons, headed around Keats Island to camp on Gambier Island. The weather was reasonable, the company excellent … Continue reading

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May Long at Skaha Bluffs

Friday: Clash of Civilizations Team Sexy Sunglasses (Christina, Greg, Sabrina and Yvan) packed into the (tentatively-named) Blue Bullet right after work Friday and, longing for dry rock, headed for Skaha.  Sabrina is American and Christina is fresh-off-the-boat from Germany, so … Continue reading

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Crossing of Tasman sea, Nov 2011 – Jan 2012 (part 1)

Four men (James Blake, Andrew McCowan, Nigel Cherrie and yours truly) have completed an unassisted crossing of the Tasman sea in a row boat from Sydney to New Zealand (landing in the Bay of Islands). This was only the second … Continue reading

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Coastal Ramblings of the VOC Ski Early Retirees (Dec 12-15, 2011)

I awoke Monday morning expecting to open my eyes to my dorm room, and laptop computer sitting mere inches away from my face, out of pure habit. It’s amazing how difficult it is to shake five years of habit. Merick … Continue reading

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