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It’s my 22nd birthday, dusk is creeping up, and my partner, Thomas, and I are ⅞ of the way up East Dix, a 1,227 meter peak in New York’s Dix mountain range. We started hiking at 9 a.m (8:56 a.m. for those of us who, like me, are pedantic) and it has been roughly 9 hours since then. We were supposed to hit the ridgeline 5 hours ago. Instead, it’s leering at us, still out of reach. We’re sore, we’re hungry, and we’re just about out of water for another 4 hours until our iodine tablets dissolve and we can safely consume the stream water we filled our bottles with. My phone is getting patchy reception, and every now and again it pings as another friend sends another aggravating birthday message. “Happy birthday! Hope you’re having fun in the mountains!” It’s as though the entire island of Montreal is mocking me one at a time on my Facebook wall...

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When the weather starts warming up, the idea of running can be quite divisive. Some people love it, others... Not so much. Starting to run can be a daunting task, even for those who are more athletically-inclined. If you're looking to get started running this spring and summer, here's a few tips to help you get off on the right foot.
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For Spring 2017, The North Face has refreshed their Apex line of windproof jackets and introduced the fully waterproof Apex Flex GTX series of jackets. The Apex Flex GTX is constructed from a new bonded waterproof fabric that combines a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane with an "ultra-soft knit interior" and a "stretch-woven exterior" to create a jacket that prioritizes comfort and wear-ability as well as impermeability to water. With the Apex Flex series, The North Face promises jackets that are “impossibly dry” and “ultra soft” and we were very interested to see if they lived up to that hype.
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