Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Choose Proper Shoes - Tim Allard

Choose Proper Shoes  
By: Tim Allard
Rating: ***

 The article I chose to read, "Choose Proper Shoes" informs readers of what they should expect in a new boot, and how it will effect their hiking experience. This article caught my attention in preparation for the upcoming Frontenac hiking trip.

 Tim Allard starts off by explaining the different parts that goes into making a hiking boot and the terminology associated with them. He then informs us about the three different boot weights; Lightweight, for predefined trails without many hills, Midweight, for uneven trails and inclines and Heavyweight, for off trail and large inclines. He explains how ankle support is needed for large backpacking trips, and gives many useful tips for getting a good fit.

 This article gave me the practical information that I will use before getting my next pair of hiking boots; to reflect on the weight, fit and shape of the boot that will best fit my needs. Knowing this will make future hikes less about the feet and more about the adventure.

Source: Allard, Tim. "Choose Proper Shoes." Ottawa Outdoors Magazine (website)      http://ottawaoutdoors.ca/articles/hike/162-choose-proper-shoes


  1. How to Survive Assignment: By-Noëlle Saumure


    Two natural ways to make a fire in the wilderness is to use dry wood or bark. Kindling will make a big and hot fire depending on how much you collect.
    Another way to create a fire in the wilderness is to use flint. You can collect flint in a nearby forest. Flint will keep your fire going for a long time and make the fire long-lasting with a small amount of wood.


    Two natural ways to collect water in the wilderness is to collect snow if you are in the middle of a snowy season or climate, or to collect rainwater and purify it with a few drops of iodine or boiling it.


    Two natural ways to make a shelter are to use a fallen tree and take cover under it or make a lean-to from it using dead branches, leaves and pine needles to keep the rain or snow or bad weather in general out. Another natural way of making shelter in the wilderness is to make a quinzhee out of snow and maybe ice, depending on how one would prefer to insulate it.


  2. 10 things for Emergency Kit:

    In my emergency kit, I thought that what I would need most was:

    1.A container (preferably sealable) to hold all of my other emergency equipment in and to keep bad weather from damaging it.
    2.A small water bottle could be used to hold rainwater or freshwater, so that it will not evaporate or get dirty. It must be tightly sealed so that the water won't be affected, and small so that it is portable and easier to carry around.
    3.Matches are to be used when lighting a fire. Use these on wood from tree branches, kindling or a flint. Etc. Used for making fire for heat and light.
    4.Petroleum jelly is used to help start fires. It can also be used for dry skin, burns, rashes, and can even protect from the cold.
    5.Cotton balls go along with petroleum jelly when being used to make a fire. The petroleum jelly is placed on the cotton balls to light a fire because it is flammable. Cotton balls can also be used in the process of cleaning or healing injuries and/or wounds.
    6.A compass is a major tool used by people to find a direction, and is used as a guide to help people when they are lost. A compass, in its own way, is a sort of navigation system which always points toward the North.
    7.A pocketknife has many uses. Some of these uses are: hunting, building, eating, cutting, sawing, etc. A pocketknife, depending on what type you have, can be one of the ultimate survival tools if used properly.
    8.A plastic bag (ziploc) can ve used to catch water, seal away food or any delicate camping equipment, used as an insulator in shoes, and can also be used to make a compass.
    9.Wire is a solid trapping material that can be used to hold things up, used as a snare for hunting animals, and used to find your way on trails that are unfamiliar, and is always handy to have around.
    10.A garbage bag (preferably coloured), can be used as a signal in emergencies, a flag, an insulator, and markers to mark your trails if you get lost. This can also be used to collect garbage, carry equipment, or can be used as a waterproof blanket.


  3. Kilian Jornet's Down and Up Year: Article Assignment #1:

    Rating: ***

    French ski mountaineer Stéphane Brosse and Spanish skier and ultra runner Kilian Jornet were on a four-year-long project to climb and cross the world's highest peaks when Brosse fell 2 000 feet through the cornice of the mountain Aiguille d'Argentière, where he met his tragic death.
    Being Jornet's idol, Brosse made him realize that mourning in the city is no way to let out how you truly feel inside. Keeping this in mind, Jornet kept to hos goals of setting records and winning races across the world.
    After Jornet had enough of setting records left and right, he decided to set his eyes on another goal he has in mind, a second project. This time, Jornet was to work alone.
    The second project was to run and climb twenty miles, covering 24 000 feet, crossing from Courmayeur to Mont Blanc and then to Chamonix, all in eight hours and forty-two minutes! Jornet defeated this difficult task with enthusiasm and confidence.
    Jornet's real goal in life is to discipline himself to do better. Though he wins marathons and races quite often, Jornet always manages to persevere and to have confidence in what he does. In the end, Jornet's goal is not to win, it's to test himself and outdo himself until he is no longer able.