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.
Janna, one of our apparel designers, gives us the inside scoop on what women can look forward to with MEC’s spring 2014 Active Life collection. These performance pieces are made to mix and match, so you can put together fun, vibrant combos that work for running, stretching, climbing or cycling.
In pursuit of fast corners, wide open singletrack and delicious pancakes, Envoy and outsider Stephen Matthews took a road trip to Kamloops for some late-season riding with a couple of friends.Read more…
When Arc’teryx challenged MEC to a trail building competition, we jumped at the chance to get dirty… plus we couldn’t resist a little friendly competition. So on November 17, dozens of MEC staff and supporters met up with the NSMBA to dig, grub and mine for gold on the North Shore. Our goal was to build more trail than Arc’teryx over a few hours. How’d we do? Find out below. Photos by Pure Souls Media. Read more…
What do you do when one of your best friends dies doing something you both love? Paddle to the Ocean is musician Zac Crouse’s attempt to answer that question. It’s a powerful documentary about how Zac toured his last album from Ontario to Nova Scotia by sea kayak and bicycle as a way to pay tribute to his buddy – and to heal.
During Leanne Allison and Karsten Heuer’s Finding Farley canoe trip from Canmore to Hudson Bay, they discovered a canoeing utopia in northern Saskatchewan: warm water, nice granite outcrops for camping, superb fishing, and sections of fun and challenging whitewater with good portaging and walking options for kids. And the bugs were rarely bad!
MEC is a proud supporter of the NSMBA’s Trail Adoption Program and since the spring of 2012 has been working hard with NSMB.com and RockShox on improving the Expresso bike trail on Mt. Fromme in North Vancouver. After 18 trail days, the work is almost complete and the highly eroded, expert only original line now has a more intermediate-friendly parallel line that is fun for everyone to ride. The trail crews involved are proud of the result!
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.