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  1. Biere a Terre

    bear protection

    Same. I'm a dope that originally put it in dry bags with clothing, and at some point when we decided we had a surplus Pelican ruck hard-case put it in that with pen flares.
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    bear protection

    I'm not sure exactly what you are thinking, but US Native Americans are in fact US citizens and eligible for a US passport and vote in municipal, regional, state, and federal elections. So... it's US soil my friend. Inside of US states. Full of US citizens. I don't think we need name calling or...
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    So, thoughts on the demise of Mountain Equipment Co-op?

    I mean doesn't everyone want to be wanted? Heh. I don't believe I've seen any security guards at the Langley store, but that place is car-dependent hell with no pedestrian traffic. I don't recall at the North Vancouver store, but totally understand at the Vancouver False Creek location: I'm...
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    bear protection

    I'm just a random Eagle & Venturing scout that has hiked and backpacked around the PNW & Maine. So take my opinion for what its worth from an alcoholic-ghost profile-pic internet enjoyer. I find safety in the wild to be a two part concept. First is behaviour, and second is remediation...
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    So, thoughts on the demise of Mountain Equipment Co-op?

    Having only been in Canada since 2019, my first impressions of MEC was similar to REI in the states: generally knowledgeable associates that like the outdoors. IMO, here in the lower mainland, that has faded in the past year. We had a very strange experience when we visited the North Vancouver...
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    Looking for first ‘expedition’ kayak

    Huh, interesting. I'll read up on the Tiderace Pace Tour 17 and see if there is anyone around here that might have one to demo.
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    Garmin inReach Messenger

    Well! Garmin just dropped a new inReach product, the Messenger. It is $100 less than the Mini 2, and includes a couple of differentiating features compared to the Mini 2: Bigger battery (28 days with 10-minute tracking; Mini 2 is at 14 days for 10-minute tracking) Tiny screen No digital compass...
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    NRS GORE-TEX Pro dry suits?

    I thought part of the promise with GORE-TEX licensees is a greater/longer warranty? I'll email NRS and see what they say specifically, since their website still only references a one year warranty.
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    NRS GORE-TEX Pro dry suits?

    I've been tracking the new NRS GORE-TEX Pro dry suits all year, since I saw some random blog in late 2021 announcing that NRS had become a GORE-TEX licensed manufacturer. And they now appear to be out and in the channel. VPO supposedly has a lot of the line in stock, and MEC is carrying the...
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    Looking for first ‘expedition’ kayak

    Huh, interesting. I imagined I would be babying whatever kayak I end up purchasing here on the west coast, but didn't think $4k+ kayaks would be so delicate. I had some other more immediate purchasing needs come up this year so am yet to buy any hardshell kayak, but I'm now considering a P&H...
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    Ongoing impressions of Stellar 18 Expedition

    That is a beautiful boat. When I saw one in person in Washington the forward deck bungies crossed directly over the forward deck pod, which made me thinking it might be difficult to access the pod one handed. I cannot tell with certainty from your forward shot if perhaps the bungie lines have...
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    Indian Arm in a canoe?

    Understood @AM , and I appreciate your response! The last time I was up Indian Arm was ... I believe late April 2020 (I had to get out of the house; my kids were home with child care closed the previous four or five weeks), and remember just getting sprayed in the face as I kayaked.
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    Indian Arm in a canoe?

    Hello friends. I am curious about the safety aspects of traveling up Indian Arm in an open (undecked) canoe. I searched through the forums but I believe all of the discussions about wind and tide up Indian Arm were about trips in kayaks. I have personally seen others departing Deep Cove or...
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    Smartwatch for paddling?

    I've been using Apple Watches and its Paddling workout since it was added to WatchOS. Its worked fine but the GPS mapping mostly just shows the general area imo. There is a nice app called Paddle Logger, and that has much more detailed information, a GPS breadcrump trail, and some emergency...
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    Latest Apple phones - will they eat Spot’s lunch?

    Eat Spot's lunch? Not today... but maybe later? I think the emergency SOS via satellite functionality built into the new iPhone 14 models will be exactly that: an emergency SOS via satellite. Apple says they are providing the service to iPhone 14 buyers for a period of two years, its launching...
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    Looking for first ‘expedition’ kayak

    Looksha IV reads like it’s best for smaller paddlers, so I appreciate the suggestion but I don’t think it’s a fit for me.
  17. Biere a Terre

    Looking for first ‘expedition’ kayak

    Thank you all for the welcomes! On storage: I did measure and have exactly 5.84m (19 ft 2 in) of linear storage space for another boat, so anything 5.8m/19ft or shorter is doable, I just need to be careful while getting it around a corner. On size: I'm 190cm and ~90kg, so not on the small...
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    Looking for first ‘expedition’ kayak

    Understood. Yes, I do feel like having a rudder is a requirement somewhere on the versatility spectrum for our environment here. Are you talking about the Mariner II or XL by Mariner Kayaks?
  19. Biere a Terre

    Looking for first ‘expedition’ kayak

    Hello friends. Been lurking for a while, but am now reaching a decision point of what to buy. I’ve been having fun in a Trak Kayak for the past few years in metro Vancouver, but don’t feel like this is the right kind of boat to take up the Sunshine Coast, down to the Puget Sound or Gulf Islands...
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