Snow midway up our minivan’s tires was not how I expected our summer weekend to start. But we were determined to find the quintessential summer camping experience and no amount of getting lost, getting stuck, or being cold was going to stop us. – Story by MEC staffer Jess
On a recent hike to BC’s Flathead Valley a group of teens and I saw the raw power of nature in action. Our trip was part of Wildsight’s Go Wild! Program, which aims to connect teens to wilderness areas and to get them to understand conservation issues. The MEC/ACMG Adventure Access Program helps makes this program possible. – Story by Jenny Meens
Even on quick hikes, daypacks keep things more comfortable and safer by letting you bring extra clothes, food and essentials. But they come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes. Here’s what to look for to pick a pack right for your needs.
Leave No Trace Master Educator Shawn Campbell has spent hundreds of days and nights in the field. Part of enjoying the backcountry is learning to dispose of waste – all kinds of waste – properly. Shawn offers up some valuable tips and tricks on how to s#&t in the woods, the Leave No Trace way.
For spring 2014, our design team took a step back from MEC’s traditional hiking collection, and asked if it was possible to do something different. Something that looked, fit, and moved differently, but didn’t sacrifice any of the performance or function that members expect of their MEC gear.Read more…
Envoy and elite runner Marilyn Arsenault knows the power of a day off. As a coach and professional athlete, her days are often tightly scheduled and her time’s often spoken for. So when the opportunity for an “active” rest day comes up, she revels in it and heads outside to move without the intensity or demands of her everyday schedule. On a recent day off, Marilyn hit the trail at Gowlland Tod Provincial Park to set her own pace, get off the grid, and connect with friends.
Ivvavik National Park sees fewer than 100 tourists per year, and the only trails in the park are those worn by wildlife. Photographer Nick Westover went there in spring, and gives us an inside look at some of the peculiarities of Arctic camping: squishy hiking, midnight sun, dramatic tors and sandal-stealing sik-siks.
When I first started exploring wilderness, a map and compass was the best way to navigate in unfamiliar country. Mostly because it was the only way to navigate in unfamiliar country. Today, my wayfinding tool kit contains a mix of classic instruments and modern gadgets. Let’s take a walk-through, starting with that old reliable, the topographic map:
Camping newbies often get the idea that freestanding tents – the kind that stay up as soon as the poles are in place – are the only way to go for performance and safety. Tunnel tents, which have to be pegged out to achieve their shape, can seem a bit mysterious and intimidating. Read more…
Veteran climber Gord Betenia doesn’t suffer fools – or foolish design – quietly. That’s why we love having him as our Field Testing Coordinator and Lead Gear Tester at MEC. If something’s not cutting it, he’s not shy about saying so.