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March 8, 2016, 8:57 a.m.
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School Me On Hiking Gear

Which sawyer system have you been using bud? I've been looking at the mini system which should be sufficient for two of us.

My wife and I have a mini system each, partially for speed in refilling, partially for redundancy.

I'd suggest buying larger bags though, the 500ml bags are slow to fill a 3L bladder.

Bought them from Amazon as MEC didn't sell them when I was buying last year.

March 8, 2016, 8:54 a.m.
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Cutting Cable

~$25 antenna from from Cdn Tire or London Drugs for local OTA channels.
Roku box for Youtube, Vimeo [HTML_REMOVED] Netflix
$9month Netflix (although we don't use it as much as I thought I would)
~$50m Telus for medium speed internet

March 7, 2016, 1:27 p.m.
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The Decline of Vancouver.

There must be especially on the North Shore. The Traffic heading to the North Shore this morning was 10 times more than the ones headed off the shore to work.
Where do all these people work? I know a percent is headed to Squamish/Whistler, the ferries etc. Its insane, would never have thought growing up on the Shore that we would ever see this. Also the other way around coming home too. That is one shit load of contractors if the study is correct.

Articles about Ironworkers traffic study:
http://journalofcommerce.com/Infrastructure/News/2015/7/Study-investigates-North-Vancouver-traffic-woes-1008900W/

http://www.nsnews.com/news/highway-1-no-longer-making-the-cut-1.1989414

March 7, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
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School Me On Hiking Gear

Osprey packs also work well for bike packing if you are into that sort of thing, my wife and I, along with our friends we bike pack with all use Osprey packs.

For sleeping bags we've been using North Face.

For tent we have Big Agnus.

For stove, pot and bowl we use Jetboil.

For water treatment we use Sawyer.

March 6, 2016, 6:28 p.m.
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new chainsaw time

I've cut up to ~22" dia beetle kill (seasoned so hard) lodgepole pine.

You have to cut from both sides with the 16" bar but you can do it. (Sorry about the huge pics, copied them from a blog page and they are big.)

Most of the lodgepole pine I'm cutting is 12" dia and smaller.

Some larger fir too:

Saw and safety gear in the Dakine pack, riding in:

March 4, 2016, 8:40 a.m.
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Lights - 2015-16 season (split from the 2014 thread)

For flatish XC type riding, the lowest setting on the X2 is fine.

March 3, 2016, 10:59 p.m.
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The Decline of Vancouver.

There needs to be a city in BC that the lower mainlanders who are sick of this shit just pack up and go to. Sooke?

Some friends bought a house [HTML_REMOVED] property near Gibsons (aka Langdale) and work from home (fiber to the house). The wife travels in to Van for work one day a week, she can walk to the ferry from the house. They and their kids love it.

March 3, 2016, 10:46 p.m.
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Disaster Kit

Great idea except with a family of 5 our kit has filled an 80L rubbermaid tote!

I don't think he was talking about the whole kit, just enough stuff to last a day or so. If you have your car, you also have shelter.

March 3, 2016, 3:06 p.m.
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Remote riding - do you ride with supplementary communications?

Heads up Delorme InReach users:

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You will continue to be able to suspend your service when it isn’t needed, but we’ve introduced a fair use policy: you can downgrade or suspend your plan up to 12 times in a year. All subsequent changes will be subject to a $10 administration fee. Plan upgrades and unsuspensions won’t count towards the allotment.

Thank you for being a loyal user of inReach services. If you have any questions about how these changes affect you, please contact Customer Care.

The inReach Canada Team

March 3, 2016, 2:47 p.m.
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Warning for Nanaimo riders

CBC's story:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mountain-bike-trail-sabotage-nanimo-1.3475004

March 3, 2016, 2:41 p.m.
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Warning for Nanaimo riders

Wire and wooden jagged stakes found on Nanaimo mountain biking trail

http://globalnews.ca/news/2556214/wire-and-wooden-jagged-stakes-found-on-nanaimo-mountain-biking-trail/

March 3, 2016, 2:32 p.m.
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recommend me a summer camp for kids...

Why not join Scouting and do stuff like that all year round rather than just in the summer?

My brother [HTML_REMOVED] I did the whole program; Beavers, Cubs, Scouts [HTML_REMOVED] Venturers

You might have to check out a few different groups to find one that matches your interests and personality. Some are sponsored by religious groups (they have the hall space) but I don't recall anything religious about any of the programs.

March 3, 2016, 2:26 p.m.
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When to replace chain..

I have and use a Park chain gauge.

Just noticed they've changed the replace from ~1.0 to ~0.75

Since I've had it a long time I'm guessing mine is at 1.0

March 3, 2016, 2:23 p.m.
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Disaster Kit

Went to a presentation a couple of years ago by Delta Police, he recommended keeping a kit in the trunk of your car. Most of the time you are within walking distance of it, and if your house collapses you can still access it.

March 3, 2016, 11:46 a.m.
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Marzocchi

Saw this posted in LinkedIn (of all places) from the Taiwan show:
(sorry about this huge pic!)

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