About the author  ⁄ Stephanie Florian

Founder and fearless leader Play Outdoors Media Inc. TV and radio host, adventure journalist, surfer chick, Mom I'd like to rip with.

Keen Revel

Although the snowshoe season is still going strong, I’ve given myself a few months to properly test and review the KEEN Revel Winter Hiking Boot.  They still look and feel brand new after months of wear and abuse. I have owned too many different brands of snowshoe/hiking boots to list and I can honestly say that none of them can compare to the comfort level of the KEEN Revel. It’s like wearing cushions that mold and form perfectly to your foot while trapping warm air inside with a unique charcoal bamboo warming material. In technical terms, it’s the warm Trapolater underfoot insulation system and ice-traction outsole that really give the boot a five-star performance rating in warmth, traction and breathability. Having trekked through all kinds of different snow conditions here in the Vancouver area – there was never a moment when the boot was damp or moist thanks to KEEN.DRY technology. The KEEN Revel is a winner as far as I’m concerned in keeping the elements where they belong –... ...

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Testosterone Tuesdays

What’s buff and surges through dirt on two wheels? Hint: Boys will be boys Guys of all shapes, sizes and bike experience levels, hit up Testosterone Tuesdays at the Whistler Bike Park to ride and join the tribe. If your guy goes MIA on a Tuesday night, at least now you know why. A sweet opportunity for you guys to bond and giver in the Whistler Bike Park Tuesday nights through August 20 from 6pm to 8pm. Constructive criticism in a safe and scenic environment is the answer to cranking out new moves and discovering new park terrain thanks to the world renowned freestyle coaches at your side for 2 solid hours. Check the pricing on line at www.whisterbike.com, but the Men’s night lesson pass looks like it’s the economical answer if you’re going to be a regular. Bring your bikes and your bromance to the Whistler Bike Park this summer. ...

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Jun 30, 2013 0

Release Your Inner Water Warrior

Stand up paddle yoga is fun, fluid and a little challenging. Nothing beats a backdrop like Vancouver and thank buddha the water is warm. Stand Up Paddle Vancouver has designed some ingenious anchors…so you won’t float into the great big sea while you’re having a zen moment in bridge pose starring at cloud puffs and mountain peaks. Kristy Wright holds her class Wednesday nights at 6pm but she also caters to corporate groups, bachelorettes or die hards who want to practice SUP yoga whenever. She’s a phone call away. They bring all the gear you need and it is recommended that you do take a Learn to SUP program before you take your practice to the board. Book a class online and get all the upcoming workshop dates at www.standuppaddlevancouver.com ...

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Jun 30, 2013 0

Wanderlust Festival Whistler

Yogi’s and outdoor enthusiasts unite for the second blissful year in a row – August 1 to 4. Imagine practicing outdoor yoga in the heartbeat of our mountainous homeland Whistler for 4 beautiful summer days. Standing in Mountain pose amongst the backdrop of the Fitzsimmons Range, surrounded by colorful like minded beautiful people, Wanderlust is truly a gathering of the mind, body and soul – one with mother earth. If you love the outdoors, you practice yoga with a vengeance and you live to let loose and dance to live music (Moby is headlining this year!)– design your own dream experience now at www.wanderlustfestival.com Sage and Seekers all inclusive passes get you 3 or 4 days of Wanderlust goodness, your choice of 3 activities per day like yoga, XC Biking, rock climbing, Bikepark 101 and SUP Yoga, plus unlimited access to the music, speakers and farm to table dinners. But you can always be a day tripper with a Pilgrim ticket.   ...

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Adrenaline Rush!!

Check your pockets before you leap, leave your fears at the trailhead. Check Whistler Bungee off your bucket list because nothing spells adventure like facing your fears head first – on a bungee cable –160 feet over the glacier-fed Cheakamus River. The scenery is insane, the staff are super mega cool and the jump is in fact the highest year round bungee jumping spot in beautiful BC with a 100% perfect safety record. Seriously, if you’re going to jump who wouldn’t choose old growth and a raging river over cement? And, if you’re in Whistler anyways, why not? Visit www.whistlerbungee.com to pre-book and scope some of the crazy ways you can harness in. Worth every penny of your Facebook bragging rights, a total out-of-body experience. ...

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Breathe – Fresh Mountain Air!

When you put Yyoga on top of Grouse Mountain what do you get? An outdoor adventure tossed salad you must to treat yourself to this summer! If you missed it last year – it’s back….every Saturday morning. Get up and crank yourself with java – and get to the top of the Grind for the FREE 45 minute Yyoga class starting at 10am. There is nothing quite like starting your summer morning with FREE yoga on top of a mountain after charging your bootie 2.9 kms up the 30 degree vertical ascent. No need to bring a mat –Kat and Heather from Yyoga will hook you up and Grouse will spoil you with the rest. Class starts at 10am. Bring your camera and water and if you really must tram it up instead of grinding before the class – you can. But instead, double your fun and double your adventure by grinding your way up first. See you Saturdays on Grouse for a FREE outdoor YYoga class now through August... ...

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