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Grouse Parks | Wanted: April 2014

Boy what a fun season 2013/2014 turned out to be! Ring in the last days of riding with some good ol'fashion spring boarding. To have you better prepared for the sun, here is the April's wanted list, starting out with a pair of proper Bib pants from Travis Rice at Quiksilver. Top off your head with a cyclops trucker hat from Poler Stuff and a slab of sport sunscreen from Badger. Tuk'in a Saturdays Angus shirt and pull up your Jed Anderson, Howl gloves over your sleeves so no snow gets in. Once you have your outfit all sorted pack a picnic for you and your friends in the trusty Yeti. Don't forget to bring up your disposable camera to capture some good times and lastly, save your eyes with some glasses from SALT eyewear.    That's all for now, have fun kids. - Caley V

Boy what a fun season 2013/2014 turned out to be! Ring in the last days of riding with some good ol’fashion spring boarding. To have you better prepared for the sun, here is the April’s wanted list, starting out with a pair of proper Bib pants from Travis Rice at Quiksilver. Top off your head with a cyclops trucker hat from Poler Stuff and a slab of sport sunscreen from Badger. Tuk’in a Saturdays Angus shirt and pull up your Jed Anderson, Howl gloves over your sleeves so no snow gets in. Once you have your outfit all sorted pack a picnic for you and your friends in the trusty Yeti. Don’t forget to bring up your disposable camera to capture some good times and lastly, save your eyes with some glasses from SALT eyewear.

 

That’s all for now, have fun kids.

– Caley V

 

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Grouse Parks | Wanted: February 2014

Wanted February- Caley Vanular

#ITSFINALLYSNOWINGFEBRUARY. This month has been insane for snow in British Columbia. With powder on the brain, it’s time to rethink your gear selection. This February update your kit with the Torah Bright Luminous Jacket from Roxy and this sweet Clark II hat from Brixton. With all the snow you will be boarding it is essential to have the right pants. Don’t waist your time tucking in your shirt when you could be chillin’ in the Glisten Bib from Roxy. Once you have your pants on, grab some Celtek Calypso gloves and a pair of  Wonderland glasses for the apré scene. Stop complaining about pressure points and heavy boards, switch over to new bindings, now and while you are at it try out some new snowboard shapes like this women’s tapered directional from Nitro.

 

Have fun in the mountains!

Caley V

 

Interview with Phillip Thomas | 33 Mag

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I first met Phillip Thomas years ago when he snowboarded for a little company called, FORUM snowboards and lived in Whistler, BC. Like many other Canadian hopefuls he was living off of a minimal “Canadian Pro Boarder” wage and in Whistler day in, day out trying to make it big. Next thing he knew he was hit with a blessing in disguise, Phillip blew out his knee for the second time and snowboarding was suddenly out of the picture. After the accident, Phillip packed up and moved to the big city of Vancouver and set his sites on a new profession: film. He wasn’t the only ex-snowboarder to head in that direction, Lukas Huffman, the director of ‘When The Ocean Met The Sky’ also spawns from professional snowboarding. At one point being claimed to be the next ‘Craig Kelly’, Lukas traded it all in for a career in filmmaking. I sat down at Our Town cafe in Mount Pleasant to chat with Phillip about the making of the film, the Kickstarter crowd-funding pursuits and the journey along the way… Read the full interview here.

The Lions Trail, Vancouver

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Boy does it feel good to get down from a long hike and look back up to where you were standing and say, ‘I just walked to the top of that thing’.

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A great one for that reason alone is The Lions Trail in Vancouver. The lions are two dark peaks that you can see from downtown Vancouver nestled in between Grouse and Seymour.  The view from the Lions is truly spectacular, offering a panoramic view of Howe Sound and the Capilano Watershed down to the city of Vancouver. The hike is about eight hours round trip and if you are brave enough to climb to the summit, make sure to bring your climbing shoes. The last part of the hike requires some serious ‘don’t look down’ climbing, although it is totally worth it and safer then you think…

How to get there:  I don’t have a car so I am always using CL ride-share, hitching, bumming rides etc.. This hike is great as you can get there using public transit. Take the bus to Lions Bay and head north east till you get to the back left of the neighbourhood on a street called ‘ Sunset Drive’. You will see a yellow gate, this is your starting gate. Hike up the road for a good 30 minutes till you find an opening and a skinner path uphill, head that way. The hike is relatively mellow for the first 2 1/2 hours, don’t get too comfortable. The last part of the hike is quiet the uphill (great for the buns).  Be sure to fill up your water bottle at the bridge over the waterfall, this is your last chance for the next 5 hours.  Enjoy.

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