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handsome mountain x pike + arrow 

I am so excited to finally share our recent collaboration between Handsome Mountain and Pike + Arrow!

Handsome Mountain creates the most beautiful handcrafted leather collars + leashes, luxuriously functional pet beds, adorable bandanas, and so much more. All of which are made locally in Vancouver, BC and are inspired by life in the PNW and the great white north.

We are two like-minded brands that share a passion for the outdoors, animal welfare, and experiencing the wild outdoors with our furry little adventurers in tow, so naturally, we joined forces to create something special that encompasses all of that.

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We designed these mountain charms exclusively for Handsome Mountain that function as either a key ring or a pet tag and they are now available for purchase on the Handsome Mountain website!

Enter our ambassador code OTIS&BANDIT4HM to receive a special discount when you checkout.

Happy Adventuring!

a new year

 

img_47012016 has come and gone in a heartbeat + has truly been the best year yet.

Pike + Arrow launched in April + I officially became an entrepreneur.

I survived my first 3-day hike in the Kootenays.

We travelled all over the Rockies to hike, snowshoe, + snowboard.

+ last but not least we added another member to the goof troop, Bandit.

I’m sure 2017 will bring many new adventures + I can’t wait to share them with you.

All the best in the new year,

Melissa

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pike + arrow

img_4282Somehow between searching for a new home, welcoming a new pup to our pack, and turning one of my hobbies into a side business, I realized how long it has been since I have posted on our blog. I truly have no excuse other than – life happened.

For those that know me know that I’m constantly searching for ways to channel my creativity. Whether it be homemade paw wax, beauty products (like these goodies here, here, and here), or even these DIY shelves you can see in this post here – I love to create. So this year I opened my very own Etsy shop, Pike + Arrow.

This particular venture started earlier this year when I was taking a silversmithing class at the local arts centre and found myself enjoying each class even more than the one before. I was really drawn to the idea of working with metals (what can I say, my fella is a welder) and sitting at a work bench felt completely natural to me.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the items you’ll find in the shop:

 

img_4121img_4242Meet our new pup, Bandit. He is wearing a custom hand stamped Pike + Arrow pet tag.

It has been said that going to the mountains is like going home, and I couldn’t agree more. The pieces that I make are greatly inspired by the Canadian wild, mountains that we’ve summited together, and the countless trails that we’ve hiked with our pups, Otis + Bandit. I make a variety of hand stamped goods from key chains to necklaces, but surprisingly, my best selling items are custom hand stamped pet tags!

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The most rewarding thing to me is seeing all of you adventurous pups out there exploring with a custom pet tag from Pike + Arrow. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your adventures with us.

Feel free to check us out on Instagram @pikeandarrow or stop by the shop and show us some love. You may use our promo code “HELLO” to receive a 10% welcome discount.

Happy Adventuring!

 

 

 

 

 

hello, my name is Bandit

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The world is big and I want to have a good look before it gets dark | John Muir

Meet Bandit.

Bandit is a fourteen week old presa-corso puppy and one of the reasons why we haven’t been adventuring in the mountains lately. He was an unexpected addition to our pack but he has completely stolen our hearts, hence the name Bandit ;). He also likes to thieve socks from the laundry basket, leftover crumbs from Otis’ mouth, and big surprise here – kisses.

Otis and Bandit have become inseparable pals and are learning so much from each other. Otis has become an expert at teaching Bandit about puppy manners and wooing the ladies at the dog park while Bandit teaches Otis how to stay close and protect the pack. They both love to run and play and explore as much as they can. When these guys aren’t running amuck and fighting over the same toy/treat/stick they can be spotted curled up together snoozing on the couch and it is a total heart-melter. I can’t wait to watch these two grow and adventure together.

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img_4170-1Once we got the OK from our vet last week we went straight to the dog park to let the hounds loose. Bandit and Otis definitely surpassed my expectations as they played and explored the trails all while staying close to us and coming back when they wandered too far. Also, how adorable is this poop bag holder from Handsome Mountain?? I love that you can have those pesky poop bags handy (and even a handful of treats) yet my hands are left free to play fetch with the boys.

Now to start planning our first mountain adventure together…

Gear: Bandit’s tag is Pike + Arrow, leash is Found My Animal, & poop bag + Otis’ collar are Handsome Mountain (use our ambassador code OTIS&BANDIT4HM for 10% off)

wilcox pass| jasper national park 

 

It was a dreary day for weather last weekend but we put on our rain coats and smiles and hiked up Wilcox Pass where we had views of the Columbia Icefields, Athabasca Glacier, mountains, meadows, and wildflowers a plenty. The views looked like something out of a Tolkien novel, truly. I would also like to point out that this particular hike is one of the ‘red chair’ locations. Parks Canada placed six sets of red chairs in scenic areas throughout Jasper National Park (and other national parks since) in 2014 with each location telling a story about the landscape and history. We were pretty excited to check another one off our list and if you’d like to do the same, you can read more about it at the Parks Canada website here, they also have a map of all the locations!

Getting there: The east end trailhead is located at the Wilcox Creek Campground 100 km south of Jasper on the Icefields Parkway (HWY 93) and the west end trail head is located 14 km west of there at Tangled Falls, which makes for a great shuttle hike if you take two vehicles and park one at each trailhead.