Latest from the Man Cave

Kindred Custom Snowboards

You’ve heard it before. Its probably popped up in your FaceBook feed or arrived via one of those “forwards” emailed from your uncle Frank. “37 things dying people say they regret” or “advice to new graduates”. …


And no – this has nothing to do with the beard I am currently sporting.
I’m talking about skiing. Specifically skiing on one of those days when it is cold and clear, and fresh powder is a distant memory. The super groomer day. The day you go and find t…

Happy New Year (2013 in review)

This has been a busy and interesting year.
It started with a commitment to write a blog post a week. It almost worked; I made it all the way to July when  an unfortunate combination of a personal financial implosion and a new level of dysfunction …

The G3 Ion Binding Befuddlement

G3 has just announced a new AT binding – The Ion.
I now have a problem.
Here is a letter I have sent G3:
Dear G3,
I thought I had it all figured out. Any new ski I would buy would simply be adorned with some Onyx baseplates, and then when I wanted, pre…

Orange Sunglasses

They are kind of my signature now. My neon orange Ryders Hijacks. I’ve had them for about 3 years, and wear them, well, most of the time.

The orange sunglasses, before the nose-piece disintegrated…
The only problem was they were starting to wear out…

Oh, really?

I read the newspaper, both of our local ones, every week. I also read Business in Vancouver, the Vancouver Island Business Examiner and the Comox Valley Business Gazette. I like to know what is going on, and I often find very valuable information when …


Those who follow along regulalry will recall that I used to complain regulalry about my lower back…I also whined a little about my weight …well, both issues have progressed considerably in the last year.
First off, my lower back. The disks are stil…

Bike Lanes

This happened in my home town:
To sum up the linked article, the City of Courtenay will get its first painted bike lane! So, I wrote the …

Search and Rescue

Recently, here in the Comox Valley, two hikers going up Mt. Albert Edward got lost. Yes – that’s right – the very same mountain that I recently climbed and reported on here on citizenclass.
Now, I don’t want to talk about the two hikers, who while new …

The “Why”

Welcome to the home of Braxton Consulting (a.k.a. Andrew Gower).

Before we get on with reviews/reports on equipment I am looking at, let’s talk about me and why the hell I am doing this site anyways.

In a nutshell, while I have a pretty damn good job, if I had a choice, I would rather ride my bike, go skiing or climb a mountain. In order to gain the freedom to achieve this, I have to work for a few more years, but in the meantime I have grand ambitions to start getting paid to do what I love.  You can follow my misadventures here and let me know what you think!