March 2015
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Jess
March 13, 2015

It’s been a dismal Winter for the West Coast of Canada, with persistent high temperatures and minimal snowfall. Skiers, snowshoers and snowboarders have lamented the poor conditions and short season, with several ski resorts only opening for a month or two at the most.

For some winter enthusiasts, the poor conditions have presented a new challenge: a quest to find the stashes of powder, small and elusive as they are. Hillsound local brand ambassador, Pat Malaviarachchi, is one such enthusiast. Poor conditions have not stopped Pat from getting out and enjoying one of his favourite activities: snow running.

Here’s what Pat had to say about a recent sojourn into the local mountains with the Trail Crampon Ultras:

“Despite very little snow on the North Shore, I found a good stash in Christmas Gully, a prominent sun-protected chute that heads up Mount Strachan. The snow was rock hard but my Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultras performed beautifully. I had full confidence even as the gully became steeper. After topping out on Strachan’s south peak, bombing down the empty ski runs on the other side (Cypress) was a blast!”

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Thanks for the great pics, Pat!

Jess
March 4, 2015

A few months ago, Geoff from the Alaska Mountain Ultrarunning Camp contacted us regarding an intensive camp he was planning for ultrarunners. As we’re always looking for a new challenge to pit our products against, we sent Geoff our FreeSteps6 and Trail Crampon Ultra for some Alaskan testing. He loved what he saw and felt, and let us know that he wanted to get his runners on board in trying out our crampons.

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Geoff and the camp attendees had a chance to try our FreeSteps6 and Trail Crampon Ultras in some stunning locations. Here is what Geoff had to say:

“Everyone in the camp really loved the spikes. We’ve had a very icy winter here in Alaska and I have used either the Trail Crampon Ultra or The Freestep 6 on pretty much every run I’ve done the past few weeks. They provide more traction than any other traction device I’ve ever used, stay straight on the feet very well, and seem to be holding up very well despite running on a lot of mixed terrain with rock, roots, and frozen ground mixed in with ice and snow. These are definitely the best spikes for running I’ve ever come across.” (Geoff Roes, Ultrarunner of the Year 2009 & 2010- Ultrarunner Magazine)

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The camp was open to all experienced trail, ultra, and/or mountain runners, and offered a variety of terrain for participants to challenge themselves on. Runners had the chance to run through dense rainforest, along the pristine coastline and at higher altitudes along alpine ridges overlooking glaciers and snow-capped mountains.

The February camp is part of a larger series of camps and clinics run by the Alaska Mountain Ultrarunning Camp organisation. The winter session is over, but there are three more sessions left this year – one in June, and two in August. The five-day camps cater for runners who want to train for an upcoming races, stay in shape between races, and also for those looking to expand their running grounds with other people sharing the same interests and passion. Many of the runs in this camp are uphill and moderate-paced. Runners must be in shape upon arrival and be ready to explore and push their boundaries.

More information about these camps, clinics and Geoff’s vision for future ultrarunning courses in Alaska is available on his website. You can join and follow the Alaska Mountain Ultrarunning Camp community on Facebook.