February 2012 Wilderness Supply E-Newsletter

Winter Sale!

All remaining winter gear is now on sale at both our Thunder Bay and Winnipeg locations!  Get 25% off skis and snowshoes, and 40-50% off winter outerwear to see you through the rest of the season.  Sale ends Saturday, February 4th--Get your gear today!  Preview a selection of our on-sale gear online

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A Wild Valentines

Stressing about what to get your honey on the 14th?  This year, why not try something a little bit different!  Go for a hike together, complete with a thermos of hot chocolate for a winter picnic.  Learn to wax your cross country skis together, then spend the next weekend gliding through the freshly groomed trails.  Treat them to a kayaking course so you can plan a paddling adventure come summer.  Or peruse our gift ideas online for gear sure to woo any outdoor guy or girl.

Always remember--getting out and active together beats a piece of jewelry any day.  This year, give your special someone the gift of time!

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REEL Paddling Film Fest

Join us for a night of inspiration and great prizes as we host our 4th annual REEL Paddling Film Festival on March 13th! Location, Tickets, and more info...

Cross Country Ski Waxing Clinics

Learn how to properly apply both grip wax and glide wax--essential skills for a cross-country skier!  All wax and waxing equipment included-- a 1.5 h course for only $25!

Dates: Feb 6 or Feb 13 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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

Indoor Introduction to Paddling

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!

Dates: Feb 12, Mar 18, April 8

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

St Boniface Ice Tower and Festiglace

The Whittier Park ice tower is now open!  Tackle three walls of ice climbing challenges Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4 (weather permitting).  Fee information

The Club d'escalade de Saint-Boniface will also be hosting their annual "Festiglace" ice climbing festival and competition February 17-19.  Get more information and register online

Ice Donkey Adventure Race

On February 12th Swamp Donkey Adventure Racing wants you to join in the fun at the third annual fantastic frosty event!  Participate as a solo or team of two in this 2-3 hr winter multi-sport race.  Register now online!

Thunder Bay Events

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Bouldering Competition

Keep your hands warm at our Wilderness Supply bouldering competition, Saturday, Feb 11.

All experience levels are welcome to this fun all-day event with great prizes! Sign up early at Wilderness Supply Thunder Bay - 244 Pearl Street

Central Canada Outdoor Show

Come visit our booth at the Central Canada Outdoor Show, February 24-26th at the Sportsdome!  More info...

Nipigon Ice Fest

The Nipigon Ice Fest takes place March 2-4.  Clinics are FREE - register now!


Wild Adventurer of the Month

February is the month of love, and so this installment tells us how paddling--just like a relationship--is all about working together, tackling challenges, and maintaining a healthy sense of humour about your own mistakes. "Paddling Together" comes to us from Bryan from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

"My wife and I both had some experience in canoes and like most novices, we thought we knew what we were doing. With her in the bow and me in the stern, we hopped into our rented canoe, loaded with gear for the weekend, and set off paddling up the meandering Kingsmere River in Prince Albert National Park.

This slow meandering stream proved to be the first challenge of our paddling life together. With me in the stern not knowing how to do a decent J-stroke, stern pry or a draw, and my wife in the bow thinking she knew it all, we bounced from one bank to the other through the gentle curves of the small river..."

Read Bryan's full story!

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Tim's Tip of the Month:

"When cross country skiing be aggressive! Maintain your downhill speed to carry you up the hill. When climbing push over the crest of the hill and use the momentum to carry you on through the downhills."