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Oct. 26, 2020, 10:16 p.m.
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Re: The Running Thread

Biking fitness carries over to running, but there's only one way to get your leg muscles and joints used to the impact of running.

Three years is plenty of time to work up to running a half-marathon, even just running a couple or three times a week.

For my 50th this summer, I did the Baden Powell trail from east to west, 54km. Two years ago, the longest run I'd ever done was was 15km, a handful of times.

Oct. 19, 2020, 5:46 p.m.
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Re: Issue swith Pieps Beacons

I have an original Pieps DSP.  The sliding switch is not very glove friendly, but I've always though it was a simpler design than the one on the Sport/Pro models.

The O2 Tele binding recall 15+ years ago almost killed BD.  They're a lot bigger now, but a transceiver recall or class action settlement could do some serious damage.

Oct. 7, 2020, 1:47 p.m.
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Re: MEC in recievership

Back in January, they were planning to sub-lease the entire building and move to a smaller place, but I don't know if that actually happened.

Oct. 6, 2020, 11:12 a.m.
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Re: MEC in recievership

Posted by: XXX_er

they got 5.8 million members but how many of those were real member and how many just showed up at the checkout and were asked for another 5 bucks

Lots, I bet. For awhile, it seemed that almost everytime I was in the checkout line at the North Van store there would be at least one person ahead of me that was making their first purchase, and the clerk having to explain that they needed to buy a membership. That was about the time they started selling Levis, Blundstones, alpine ski gear and all the other mass market stuff.

I can remember going into the original Toronto store 25 years ago and them having massive printed membership directories on a shelf so people who had lost their member card could look up their number before going to the checkout.

Sept. 26, 2020, 10:56 a.m.
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Re: Bad 80's TV

Posted by: johnny_deformed

sometimes i can't believe my parents let me watch the stuff i did when i was a kid...remember bizarre?  the origins of super-dave osbourne but also really off-colour stuff, maybe normal back then.  this shouldn't be in a bad 80s tv thread as i still think this show is hillarious

I loved Bizarre!  Yes, even as a kid it seemed unbelievable what they did on that show.  I've read that they edited two versions... a relatively clean one for CTV, and a raunchier (mostly nudity and swearing) for Showtime in the US.

Sept. 23, 2020, 4:44 p.m.
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Re: Route Advice for newbie

Forever After was changed from blue to black a year or two ago. Call it a hard blue or an easy black.

Sept. 22, 2020, 11:26 p.m.
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Re: Electric Vehicle (EV) discussion thread

I just watched the first episode of Long Way Up... Ewan McGregor and his buddy riding electric Harleys from Argentina to LA, with Rivian trucks as support vehicles.  The bikes and trucks look amazing.

Sept. 22, 2020, 8:33 p.m.
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Re: Route Advice for newbie

Corkscrew & Pingu, then BP to Mushroom and down the powerline is a good way to get to Forever After. You can ride down BP from the Severed entrance to get to Forever After, but, in my opinion, that section is more difficult than anything on Forever After. The fastest way to get to FA is up the climbing route, then BP & Mushroom, and down the powerline.

Getting to Asian Adonis is super easy now with the new "Dickie" line that goes around the rock roll at the entrance to Severed. It shows as a black on Trailforks, but its really a blue. C-Buster to AA is pretty straightforward. The easiest exit is to take Adonis Buster back to Lower C-Buster, and then Rapid Transit to Slippery Salamander, on which you can go in either direction to get back on Bridle.

A good progression to Seymour blacks would be John Deer --> Asian Adonis --> Forever After --> Pingu --> Severed --> Pangor --> Dales.

Sept. 16, 2020, 10:02 p.m.
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Re: Bad 80's TV

I loved Airwolf... I suspect it was not nearly as cool as I thought it was.

I remember being crushed that the A-Team was on the same night & time as my basketball practice, which meant I could never see it.

Sept. 16, 2020, 2:37 p.m.
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Re: MEC in recievership

For anyone who lived outside a major city, the MEC catalogue and mail/phone ordering was the enabler of many adventures. I can still remember my credit card number from 30 years ago from reciting it to customer service so many times ordering climbing gear that I otherwise would have had to drive 10 hours to buy in person.  Eventually going to an MEC store was almost like a pilgramage.

I think there are a lot of people in the 40+ demographic for whom MEC was a major part of their outdoor experience. It's dissapointing that they self-destructed in pursuit of pointless growth. They probably could have stayed at four or five stores, plus online shopping, and been profitable for decades.

Sept. 14, 2020, 9:28 p.m.
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Re: MEC in recievership

The mid-90s were definitely peak MEC... loved getting those dividend cheques to spend on even more gear! Their Serratus house brand packs were pretty good, and a lot of stuff was still made in Canada. As a climber, it was like a candy store, you could not get better prices anywhere. My commuting backpack is a 25 year old MEC brand one which seems to be indestructible.

Depending on how it plays out, this is potentially a huge opportunity for local shops to further fill niche markets and leave the trendy stuff to Forzani.

Sept. 14, 2020, 6:21 p.m.
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Re: MEC in recievership

It sucks....but they set the wheels in motion when they tried to become another outdoor lifestyle company that needed to continuously grow instead of sticking to supplying solid gear for self-propelled recreation.

Hard to believe given the veritible explosion in outdoor recreation in the last few years.

Ironically, REI, on which MEC was modelled, has been leaning hard into their co-op roots and image for several years (not that they actually act like a co-op anymore).

Sept. 14, 2020, 12:39 p.m.
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Re: Sea to sky gondy

I don't think so. If anything, it opened up access to at least one crag that otherwise wasn't worth the hike to get to. It definitely makes access to climbing Skypilot and Habrich much easier, even if hiking/biking up the service road instead of taking the gondola. Very popular with trail runners too, and locals with season passes have been loving it in the winter for opening up ski touring terrain that is otherwise a huge effort to reach.

There was a lot of skepticism in the outdoor community when the gondola was first proposed, but, in general, I think it has been accepted as a positive thing.

Sept. 14, 2020, 11:05 a.m.
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Re: Sea to sky gondy

From a statement when they started up again: "...the security measures installed since the incident will ensure the gondola is secure and protected from any other criminal activity,"

Whoever did it knows how to avoid whatever was installed. If it's the same person, super ballsy to tempt fate twice by cutting a fully loaded cable.

Edit: Just read the CBC story, sounds like they have footage of some sort, in which case the guy just doesn't give any Fs.

Sept. 13, 2020, midnight
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Re: Out riding in the smoke?

I did a quick XC ride on lower Seymour after work on Friday afternoon. Tried not to hammer too hard and felt fine, but Saturday morning my throat was feeling scratchy.  Will wait for it to clear up a bit more.

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