Mackenzie Craig software developer Hiking, writing code, and studying Computer Science at SFU in Vancouver, Canada.

Backpacking Gear

This post contains everything you might want to know about gear I use when backpacking, as well as some of my thoughts on gear choices. I have gotten some emails and messages about some items, so this is an effort to create something I can respond with. I am going to use this post as a place to link people to from other things such as future videos or posts as the one stop shop for my gear info. It will also contain some ramblings (more to come in the future) about gear and Ultralight ideas.

Like many, I follow most of the principals of Ultralight Backpacking. You will see this in some of my gear choices, but admittedly not all. I try to keep my base weight as low as possible, but it often varies between trips. Generally my base weight is under 10lbs, often much lower if conditions permit. I live in Vancouver, Canada, so weather and conditions are constantly changing. When I am out around home, I am often switching things up or taking more or less gear to suit the conditions. If you live somewhere where you can be certain it isn’t going to rain for the next 5 days, then you can adapt your gear accordingly!

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Dennett Lake

This week my friend Riley and I hiked up to Dennett Lake, on Burke Mountain. The 21km hike took a total of about five and a half hours, but could be knocked down to four and a half if you were really on a mission.

We followed the same route to Munro Lake as detailed in my last post, so I won’t make a new map for this post. If you want the exact route, you can check out my gps track. Once you are at Munro lake, you should see a bare cliff on the other side of the lake. Head north (towards the cliff) from the area that the trail enters the lake, across the dried up section, and follow the edge of the lake counter clockwise until you see the trail on your left. There are some blue blazes on the first kilometer or so of this area.

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The Rospe Trail

This post contains information about “The Rospe Trail” named after my friend Rospe. It mostly uses pre existing trails in Burke Mountain, and can be used to get to Munro and Dennett lakes.

If you want to hike this trail you can park at the top of harper road. There is room for about 20-30 cars, and any time I have gone it has never been full. If it is, you could probably try parking at the gun range, but I’ve never tried that.

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Burke Mountain Trails

I am putting this post up to force myself to update it as I explore Burke Mountain. I hope to fill this post with all of the information that I can on long routes in Burke Mountain, cool places to get to, and good camp spots.

I will do my best to upload images, and of course will include maps of all of my routes.

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ICO Concerns

With the recent Bancor Initial Coin Offering (ICO) raking in over 150 million USD in ETH, it is undeniable that ICO’s are huge. They are hyped throughout the community, and they often sell out within hours, minutes, or even blocks.

With “The DAO” incident still fresh in the memories of many, ICO’s can be a little worrying. This post will include the common concerns relating to the rapid ICO growth, and my opinion on their validity.

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TF2 Stadium Tech Stack

I originally wrote this post for an open source project I worked on called TF2 Stadium. The post was originally available at I am re posting it now since the blog has been shut down. It is mostly semi technical information that was released as teaser/promotional content in the early stages of development. TF2Stadium is a Team Fortress 2 lobby website where competitive players are matched with other players for practice matches.

Original post date: 03 SEP 2015

Hello, and welcome to the first actual entry of the TF2Stadium developer blog. In this entry, we will summarize some of the technology that our site uses, as well as some of our design goals.

The programming of TF2Stadium–as well as most other sites–is split into two major groups: “frontend” and “backend”.

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Hello World!

First ever post on my new website. Let’s see how this goes!