December 2011 Wilderness Supply E-Newsletter

Special Sunday Hours for December!

Only for the month of December, our Winnipeg store will be open Sundays from 12-5.  Come by and cross off the adventurers on your list with our wide selection of gifts for every budget!  December 4th, 11th and 18th.

Boat Sale

Looking for a Christmas present that will really impress?  We are clearing out boats at our new Winnipeg location, selling canoes and kayaks at up to 50% off!  With these incredibly low prices, you can afford to surprise the people on your 'nice' list with a present they'll never forget.

Our boat sale begins Saturday, December 10th and runs until December 17th at our second Winnipeg location, Wave Track - 42C Speers Road (At the corner of Maginot and Lagimodier)

New Clearance Items Online

We have just added numerous items to the clearance page of our website.  Check out camping gear up to 90% off, backpacks up to 75% off, and sleeping bags up to 50% off!  A great way to pick up gifts for everyone on your list - or a little something for yourself!  Gear starting as low as $10.

Events and Courses

Cross Country Ski Waxing Clinics (Winnipeg)

Learn how to properly apply both grip wax and glide wax--essential skills if you're a cross-country skier--from our ski expert (and CCSAM male skier of the year for 2010!) Tim. Whether you are a beginner or just need a refresher on waxing your skinny skis, let us help improve your ski times and enjoyment this season.

All wax and waxing equipment included-- a 1.5 h course for only $25!

Dec 6 Tues 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Dec 20 Tues 6:30 - 8:00 pm

All participants must register before arriving at the clinic through our website

Pool Paddling Sessions (Winnipeg)

Join WAVpaddling instructors this winter in the pool to learn valuable kayaking skills. Improve while the weather is cold so you'll be ready to jump back into the water in the spring!

Pool sessions are organized by the Manitoba Whitewater Club (MWC).
Location: Pan Am Pool, 25 Poseidon Bay - Winnipeg, MB
Time: 8:00 to 9:30 pm Mondays

For more information or to register for a WAV paddling roll clinic, visit our info page.

Indoor Introduction to Paddling (Winnipeg)

Make the best of these cold winter days and learn all the skills you need to get out on the water as soon as spring paddling season starts!  The theory portion of the class takes place off-water at the Wilderness Supply store, and the skills portion takes place on-water at the excellent St James Civic Centre salt water pool.  Course dates run throughout the winter, and make a great gift for the would-be paddler!

Dates: Dec 4 (only one spot left!), Jan 22, Feb 12, Mar 18, April 8

For more information or to register, visit the course page.

Thunder Bay Featured Gear

Petzl M10 Crampon
Reg. $245 SALE $165

Black Diamond
Half Dome Helmet
Nomic Ice Axe

Come in to 244 Pearl Street in Thunder Bay to check out these deals and more!

The Cold Truth About Buying Warm Jackets

Canadians know winter. For half our year, we face snowfalls that would grind other countries to a halt, winds that would drive lesser lands to distraction. We brave daily temperatures that would render most people immobile with little more than a stereotypical "bit nippy out there today, eh?"

But we don't do it alone. Crazy Canuks we may be, but only the truly foolish brave our winters without some worthwhile gear. That said, there's gear, and there's gear. Even the best of us have been tempted by a random jacket seen in a big box store. You're there, it's there, things just seem easy. And it looks ok, right? How bad could it really be?

The word 'quality' gets bandied around quite a bit. But encased within it are a whole bunch of other important words - words like 'warmth,' 'longevity,' 'windproof' and--best of all--'lifetime guarantee'. When you're buying a jacket you're going to wear every day between November and March, a jacket that you want to last not a month or a season, but years, those words matter.

So why bother buying a brand name jacket? When you stick with a trusted brand--brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Outdoor Research, and Mountain Hardware--you're not just buying a name, you're buying a whole lot more...

Find out just how a good winter jacket keeps you warm by reading the full article on our Blog On A Log!

Stay Warm this Winter

Parka weather is on its way!  Stay warm while looking great with our wide selection of women's and men's winter jackets in store.

Outdoor Research Stormbound
Waterproof, with integrated
balaclava and removable hood
North Face Tremaya Parka
Knee-length 600-fill down
with removable faux fur
Patagonia Downtown Loft
Super warm 800-fill down
with shawl collar/hood
North Face Himalayan
800-fill down with gore windstopper
Our warmest jacket!
Patagonia Wanaka Down
Waterproof, 600-fill down
with removable hood
North Face Stone Sentinel
Waterproof, 550-fill down
with removable faux fur

Safe in the Snow

Special SPOT holiday offer - Purchase a SPOT Connect system this December and receive a $50 mail in rebate!  SPOT Connect allows messages to be sent from your smartphone via satellite when beyond cell phone coverage.  Keep in touch with family, friends and emergency personnel even when you're off the grid.  Update Twitter and Facebook.  Send email and text messages.  Request non-emergency help, or send an SOS requesting assistance in a critical emergency.  The SPOT connect turns your smartphone into a fully functioning SPOT unit, and keeps you safe while out in the backcountry.

Wild Adventurer of the Month

Every month Wilderness Supply will be featuring one of our customers who's had a wild adventure, and passing on some free gear to help them through their next undertaking.  Whether on the road, trail, or water, the most difficult experiences always make the best stories...and the most enjoyable vicarious living!  December's story "Border Follies" comes to us from Steve from Winnipeg, Manitoba

"...We arrived back at the rafting shop. Our American rafting guide sat in his chair in the rustic cottage-like office, lit a cigarette and asked 'Where are you guys going after this?'. We replied that we were heading back into Argentina to catch a Route 40 bus south to Southern Patagonia. 'Impossible,' he said, 'there's no way out of this town at this time of year. Public transport is shut down and because of that border situation and private cars can't drive you. I am crossing the border, I can drop you off before the border and try to pick you up afterwards. We need to be careful as the Argentinians are really sticky about this private-car thing. If I can't pick you up after, its a 40km hike to the next town.'

What choice did we have?..."

Read Steve's full story on our Blog on a Log!

Tim's Tip of the Month:

Though we're all excited to get out skiing, be careful there's enough snow to avoid damaging your skis.  Wait for a good, packed base and no visible rocks or grass.