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Christmas treeThe christmas trees are up in some homes and more are on its way. It is that time of the year again…I read the other day on Canadian Tire Flyer cover – just 3 weeks to go. Wow time is flying by….Here are some ideas for you to help you decide and pick out the right gift for your hiker friend(s).

Lets start with the small ones under $30.00 –  mesh bags,  a watch that clips on your daypack, a good whistle,  a compass,  a hat,  sunglasses pouch,  a memory card for the camera, re-chargeable batteries,  sunscreen, insect repellent,a  tree book, dry pouches or dry bags,  maps, a pair of smart wool socks, a small knife, waterproof matches, pack biners, pedometer,  a stainless steel waterbottle,  gloves,  DVD spindle,  Turtle Light (MEC), a first aid kit,  gaiters, a bird book,  a wool toque,  a one year subscription to Backpacker, Explore or Outside magazine, and a nature or landscape photography book.      

Some bigger and more expensive gifts ($40.00 & over) –  baselayer, mid-layer,  fleece jacket, rain jacket & pants, daypack,  headlamp, trekking poles,  gps, water filter,  photo organizer & editing program, a pair of hiking pants/shorts that you can zipper off the legs, hiking boots,  a $50.00 gift card and registration fee for a photography course.   

I hope this list provides you with some ideas to help you with your christmas shopping. Good Luck and Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas


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May 2010 Issue of Explore

The May 2010 issue of Explore – Canada’s Outdoor Magazine is out and two articles that caught my attention were Riding the New Wave  by Masa Takei and Best Gear for 2010 by Ryan Stuart.  Riding the new Wave was a story of  of four individuals paddling standing up on a paddleboard into BC’s remote Great Bear Rainforest.  

The Best Gear 2010 sections looked at Hiking Boots, Light Hikers, Trail Runners, Day Packs, Multi-Day packs, sleeping bags and tents. Lets start with Hiking boots – Salomon Wings Sky GTX  was one of the four boots mention in the guide along with Le Sportiva FC ECO 3.0 GTX, Keen Pyrenees, and Asolo Powerlite-ERGO. Interesting Backpacker Magazine has given the 2010 Editor’s Choice Award to the Salomon Wings Sky GTX.  Check out Backpacker’s video on the review of the Salomon Wings Sky GTX  in the 2010 Editors Choice awards.

My nephew has a pair of Salomon Quest 4D GTX Day Hiking Boots and loves them. MEC had 13 reviews on the my nephews boot and rated 5 out of 5 stars. So Salomon boots are well worth taking a long look at especially if you are in the market for a new pair of boots this year. 

In the Daypacks section, Deuter Spectro AC 32 was one of the four daypacks that made best 2010 list with Explore. I am familiar with Deuter daypacks as I own a Futura 28 that has a bottom compartment. The Deuter Spectro AC 32 is top loading pack with great reviews.

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Roberts Mountain, Pleasant Bay

The recent Explore March/April magazine talked about the old and new Canadian classics including Cycling the Cabot Trail, hiking West Coast Trail and much more.  So it was fitting to chat about the Hike the Highlands Festival Classics, Cape Breton Island.

To make my classics list – a hiking trail must be of significant physical  challenge with outstanding scenery. Here are my classics in no particular order :

1) Franey – I have hiked this trail more than 15o times, and each time it amazes me with the view at the top. A  7.4 kms return hike that provides superb views of the Clyburn Valley and of North Bay, Middlehead & South Bay of Ingonish.
2) Sugar Loaf  – only 4 kms return but you climb big time, but the scenery is outstanding at the top. Take your camera, incredible views. One of my favorite hikes.
3) Meat Cove Mountain – the first time I hiked this trail, it was on a beautiful sunny day and I took over 500 pictures overall. An eagle was flying on top of the mountain. This is a special place…4km return but a good workout. 
4) Roberts Mountain – a new hike in 2009. This is a tough climb but provides an amazing view of Pleasant Bay & Harbour. You will be glad you did this climb.
5) North River Big Falls – 18 km return hike that features Nova Scotia highest waterfalls at 105 feet  at the end of the hike.
6) Acadien – 8.4 km hike that provides great panormaic views of Cheticamp Harbour &  Island, and river canyon. A geocache is located on this trail.  
7) Money Point ( Gulch) – one tough hill to climb first but when you get to the Gulch you know why you did it. Amazing views…
8) Guided Wilderness Hike – This hikes makes you feel young again with jumping rocks, climbing and exploring waterfalls, old growth forest and a hiking cabin. An amazing adventure with great views not to be missed. Take your camera.
9) Fishing Cove – 12 km hike thru a hardwood forest & many forest canyons  to a small cove on the Atlantic Ocean. This hike is definitely a physical challenge but very rewarding with lots of great photo opportunities.
10) Cape St. Lawrence/Lowland Cove – 16 km hike return that provides outstanding coastal scenery and usually wild animals – horses and cows. You start and end in Meat Cove.

I would love to hear your comments on this list and your classics at Hike the Highlands Festival.

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March-April 2010 issue, Explore

The March/April issue of Explore, Canada’s Outdoor Magazine has arrived and features the Adventure special – the new Canadian Classics. These classics include Biking the Gaspe Penisula (900 kms – 14 days), Backpacking the Nootka Trail (40 kms – 5 plus days, Canoeing the Hood River (14 days), Hiking the Highwood Pass (45 km) and paddling Philip Edward island (50 km).

The magazine also features an article on Coyote Attacks: Why they are on the rise.  It talks about the Skyline attack and provides some new information.  The author of the article Ian Merringer, talks with Derek Quann, Manager of Resource Conservation, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and Brent Patterson, a research scientist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, who both provide some useful information and tips if you are confronted with a coyote.

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Le Chemin du Buttereau, one of the new hikes in 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival

Le Chemin du Buttereau, one of the new hikes in 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival

A great week for hiking …Explore, Canada’s Outdoor Magazine Sept/October issue arrives then October issue of Backpacker Magazine and now Hike the Highlands Festival begins today. 

The festival opens with a Outdoor Nature Photography Workshop by Wally Hayes at Jack Pine Hiking Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park at 1:30 pm.  For those registered for the workshop – please bring your camera.  There are still a few spots left in the workshop – you can register today at Festival Headquarters, conference room, Glenghorm Beach Resort, Ingonish or at Jack Pine hiking trail Parking lot.

The festival continues with a guided hike later, on the  Middle Head hiking trail beginning at 5:30 pm. Note the time – wise to have an early supper.  Evenings are cooler now, bring a jacket. Then hikers come back for the opening ceremonies at conference room, Glenghorm Beach Resort, Ingonish beginning after 7:30 pm.

The weather for the first weekend looks good especially Friday and Saturday with a chance of showers on Sunday. Might be wise to bring a rain coat on Sunday.  Festival headquarters and registration desk at conference room will be open the following hours on the first weekend – Friday, Sept. 11-
12:00 noon to 9:00 pm,  Saturday, Sept. 12 – 8:00  am. to 8:00 pm., and Sunday, Sept. 13 – 8:00 am. -11:00 am. and 5:30 pm. to 8:00 pm.

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A Hiker at White Point, a Silhouette by Wally Hayes, NS Tourism, Culture & Heritage

A Hiker at White Point, a Silhouette by Wally Hayes, NS Tourism, Culture & Heritage and cover photo of 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival Brochure.

With nine new hikes and four popular hikes from the past, this is an incredible year for new photo opportunities and a great photo contest for 6th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival, Sept. 11-20, 2009

The digital photo cameras, both point and shoot and DSLR are improving each year and now capturing photos in 10 megaixals or more. The quality of photos are amazing and it is now becoming an important part of the hiking festival…especially group pics which started from the festival’s veteran guide – Lisa Dixon….

Workshops have been added this year to the hiking festival including Outdoor Nature Photography by Wally Hayes, NS Tourism professional photographer. Wally has been a great supporter of this hiking festival over the past six years and continues to promote this festival with his incredible photo shoots.  The cover of this year’s Hike the Highlands Festival brochure is a NS Tourism photo shoot by Wally Hayes.

So bring your digital camera to this festival with extra memory cards, battery charger and batteries….and catch all those special memories…

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Follow Hike the Highlands on Twitter

Follow Hike the Highlands on Twitter

Join our community on twitter – http://twitter.com/hikethehighland  and be in the loop…and up-to-date with hiking news.  Twitter allows you 140 characters – roughly two sentences and uses tinyurl for web url’s.  If you text message alot – twitter is made for you.

Two programs you might be interested in if you use twitter a bit is tweetdeck – connecting your contacts across twitter, facebook and more and twhirl – social software client. Twitpic allows to you to share photos on twitter.

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