Using Heat Training to Improve Performance

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What is Hyperthermic Training? We are all well aware of the negative effects that heat can have on race performance. Body temperature is one of many important factors affecting our performance but it is a big one. Even in a moderate … » full article

SkinTrack.com & SMCC Skimo Training Camp in September 2014

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Eric Carter and I are organizing a summer skimo and trail running training camp in Squamish, BC and we want to invite you to join us! The camp will take place September 12-14th, 2014. This will serve as the fall training camp for SMCC … » full article

New Fastest Known Time for Mount Rainier: Up and down in 3h 51min 40sec

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This is pretty much old news now but for various reasons we have not been able to cover it for you yet. In short, couple of days ago, SkinTrack contributor Eric Carter was able to set a new fastest known time (FKT) for the ascent and … » full article

What if SkiMo becomes an Olympic sport?

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Back in April, most of us caught the news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) granted a provisional recognition to the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF). This comes after about a decade of hard work from the … » full article

Review of Dynafit Pantera and Pantera GTX trail running shoes

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Dynafit Pantera & Pantera GTX Overview: Usual full price: around $140.00 USD  and $160.00 for GTX version Weight: 410 g and 430 g for GTX (10.0 men's US) Pros: comfortable, good cushioning, traction in mud/gravel, … » full article

2014 SkiMo Racing Videos: Pierra Menta, Tour du Rutor, Wasatch Powder Keg, Grand Traverse, Sella Ronda, World Cup

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Around this time every year I spend some time on YouTube searching for the best videos and short films from the world's skimo races. Since the skimo is still somewhat of a niche sport usually the best videos are also from the biggest races … » full article

6h 34min: New speed record on the full Wapta Traverse by 1 hour!

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Back in 2012 my two good friends and Canadian Skimo Team members, Melanie Bernier and Ian Gale, partnered together for what at the end happened to be a new record for the full Wapta Traverse. They set it down to 7 h 35 min for this 43 km … » full article

Interview with Travis Brown and Peter Knight – two young Canadian skimo hopefuls

Travis and Peter on the summit of Mt Joffre in Alberta during their 11 hour mission. Details coming below.

On the European skimo racing scene 24-years old racers are not considered youngsters anymore but in North American skimo terms that's almost as young as they get. Travis Brown and Peter Knight are two Canadian skimo racers with good … » full article

How to make a ski hook for rapid backpack skis attachment?

These add up to 18 cm for one end, so 36 cm in total. I went with 4 cm extra to account for the curves and curls. It worked perfectly.

A recent conversation with a SkinTrack follower on Twitter prompted me to write this DIY/How To article. Over the years, I have owned couple of skimo racing and ski touring packs so I have a good experience with what works and what doesn't … » full article

Another Duffey Lake adventure: Duke Couloir, big cornice rappel, north face of Vantage Peak

Kind of like digging yourself into a crevasse.

As of two weeks ago, conditions around Duffey Lake seemed to make the final turn towards spring until the weather started acting up and proceeded to blanket the area with fresh snow every so often. With faster missions on hold, it was time … » full article

Hydration & Overhydration in Endurance Sports: Book Review of Waterlogged by Tim Noakes

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Waterlogged book overview: Usual full price: around $25.00 USD Pages: over 400 Pros: lots of details, very useful, fairly easy to understand, chapter summaries Cons: lots of similar stories to drive the point home Suitability: … » full article

40 runs Review of Salomon Sense Mantra trail running shoes

The toe box reinforcements look use but no rips or holes so far.

Salomon Sense Mantra Overview: Usual full price: around $120.00 USD Weight: 270 g (8.5 men's US) Pros: great fit, light, low drop, keeps you close to the ground Cons: the sole wears out fast on rocks or hard/abrasive surfaces, … » full article