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About Keith Iskiw

Endurance athlete from Kingston, Ontario. When I'm not exploring the wilderness I'm talking and writing about it.

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Gear Review: Westcomb Focus LT Hoody

The first coat to be designed solely with eVent DVL, a unique fabric that is both waterproof and permeable, this coat stands alone atop the market as a sleek, high performance shell that is at home on any adventure you Continue reading


Tested: Salomon Snowcross CS

Winter is often a time when most of us reduce our training. The cold, wet and dark evening runs after work play on our minds. The subconscious needs only a little prodding to make us lose our ambition when the … Continue reading


Westbrook Snowshoe Race Report

The Friday before the third race in the Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series, Ontario received more than 30 cm of snow in less than 24 hours–quickly making the Westbrook Snowshoe Race easily the hardest race of the series … Continue reading


Summerstown Forest Snowshoe Race Report

The first annual Summerstown Forest Snowshoe Race was the first race in the Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series, and it set a pretty high standard for the rest of the series.

The Summerstown Forest is located northeast of … Continue reading


The Atlas Mad Trapper “The Hilly Course” Race Report

The second race in the Atlas Mad Trapper Race Series happened over the weekend of January 7. Known simply as “The Hilly Course,” the race lived up to its name.

Participants of the race choose from a 5k or 10k … Continue reading


Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket

Mountain Hardwear continues their assault on all that winter can dish out with the Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket.

Using a very specialized fabric that was used in making revolutionary gear as part of the Ueli Steck Project (if you have … Continue reading


Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Effusion Power Jacket

I have had the Effusion Power jacket for more than two months now and it has steadily proven itself as a jacket I can use in any situation–from a damp evening tempo run to an après-race drink at my favorite … Continue reading


Gear Review: Petzl NAO Headlamp

Trail running at night is one of the great pleasures of life. In order to do it safely, you need a proper light source to guide your way. That is where the Petzl NAO steps in.

I have owned a … Continue reading


Gear Review: Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX

Perfect for a cold, wintry, wet training run, the Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX proves that a full featured shoe needs not be bulky and cumbersome.

Truth is, the Roclite feels a lot like the minimalist shoes that Inov-8 is famous … Continue reading


Gear Review: Montane Minimus

My criteria for a trail running coat can be summed up in three points:

be extremely light weight; must be rain and wind proof, or at the very least resistant allows moisture to escape; and not be so expensive I… Continue reading

Canadian Snowshoe Racing: What’s In Store for the Coming Winter

After last winters “suckfest” in Eastern Ontario, it’s easy to be a bit pessimistic about what the future holds for us this winter. Then, BAM! Hurricane Sandy hit…and with it my renewed faith in Mother Nature.

Now, before you all … Continue reading


Five Questions with World Mountain Running Champion Jonathan Wyatt

In the mountain running community, Jonathan Wyatt is a household name. A six-time world mountain running champion, former Olympian (’96) in the 5,000 meters and an avid snowshoe racer.  Jonathan was nice enough to answer some questions about his adventures … Continue reading