August 2013
August 31, 2013

Hillsound is excited to announce new partnerships with several local hiking groups. We’ve teamed up with the group at Vancouver Outdoor Club, Vancouver Hikers and Trail Runners and ..Hang On, I’m Coming Hiking and Activity Group.

As a Vancouver-based company we like to support our local community first and foremost. The above groups meet to share their love of the outdoors and participate in activities such as hiking, biking, canoing, kayaking and camping. They play an important part in facilitating new friendships and providing an avenue for people to share their passion with other like-minded people.

The Vancouver Outdoor Club has over 4,000 members and meets weekly. Their website is available here. If you are a Vancouver local and are interested in joining a slower-paced group, head over to the Meetup page for the …Hang on, I’m Coming Hiking and Activity Group. For the trail junkies that can’t go without their morning run, check out Vancouver Hikers and Trail Runners here.

These are just some of the many organisations Hillsound supports each year. You can see more on our other partners at this page. If you organise or are part of a group looking for sponsorship, please contact us for more information.

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August 24, 2013

This week we’re bringing you an update on the adventures of one of our sponsored partner organisations, Expedition Outreach (EO).

The EO team are currently in Iceland, travelling, racing and enjoying the sights of this breathtaking country.

Since arriving on August 16th, Michael Coyne and his wife, Serenity, have had several memorable experiences. Shortly after arriving, the pair attempted to climb Mount Kirkjufell, considered one of Iceland’s most scenic peaks. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate on the day, and a deluge of water from the heavens made the muddy sides of the mountain too slippery to climb.

Not to be deterred, the husband and wife team have turned their attention to their next adventures- diving the Silfra Fissure and participating in the Reykjavik Marathon & 10K race on the 24th August.

Michael Coyne is a Hillsound sponsored athlete and uses our Trail Crampon Pros and gaiters on his many alpine expeditions. The current trip to Iceland with his wife, Serenity, is a recon mission to gather more information for a larger trip to Iceland in February of 2014. When the team returns next year, Michael is aiming to climb Iceland’s highest mountain and attempt to break the record for the world’s fastest face-first alpine luge run.

Expedition Outreach uses the publicity from their worldwide expeditions to draw attention to a selection of charitable causes.  You can read more on the Expedition Outreach website.

We will give you an update on the rest of the team’s adventures in Iceland when they return. In the meantime, you can check out the fantastic scenery of Iceland on their Facebook page.

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The picture above is of Michael and Serenity training for their Iceland trip in the White Mountains.

August 13, 2013

The guys at Southern Ascent, the go-to source for gear reviews, outdoor news and stories in the Southern Hemisphere, have done a fantastic gear review on our Super Armadillo Nano gaiters.

The Nanos’ were put to the test by Don Jurries, founder of the Southern Ascent site and sibling to Amy Jurries of North American affiliate site, The Gear Caster. Don said he found very few negatives with Hillsound gaiters and found them well-suited to the harsh Australian bush. You can check out other gear reviews on the Southern Ascent here, and more information on our range of Armadillo gaiters here.

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