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My name is Ross Collicutt and I’m a adventurer andĀ computer programmer from Vancouver Island, BC.

I spend my days working as an Application Analyst for the City of Nanaimo.

When I’m not programming I’m running, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and skiing around Vancouver Island and writing about it on PureOutside.com.

I like taking adventure photos and putting them on Flickr.

Current Projects

Weekly CrossFit at CrossFit Nanaimo – Hour-long CrossFit sessions 2 times a week for a big boost in functional strength and endurance.

Nanaimo Yacht Club Sailing Races – Gearing up for the 3 day Oregon Offshore International Yacht RaceĀ in 2013 and the VicMaui Yacht Race in 2014.

PureOutside Outdoor Guides – Digital product development and writing about human-powered sports for PureOutside.com.

MapVI – Laying the foundation for an initiative to map and photograph every hiking trail on Vancouver Island.

Guitar – I’m teaching myself to play guitar with the goal of 10 songs in the next 4 months.



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  1. Reply shalyn Oct 8, 2012 7:11 pm

    Great projects you have going on! I’ve been looking at the Cross Fit as well!

    MapVI looks like a very interesting project, looking forward to seeing the finished product!

    • Reply Ross Oct 9, 2012 4:05 am

      MapVI should be a fun one. It’s going to be a huge one. Have you tried CrossFit? It’s awesome. CrossFitNanaimo has some good intro classes going on right now.

  2. Reply Darrell Dec 7, 2012 10:16 pm

    Hi Ross
    Re: GY250

    My son is thinking of buying a used GY250, however it does not have a DOT sticker or registration even though it’s equipped with all the street lighting.

    Did you have to jump through many administrative hoops to get your GY licensed?

    Thanks in advance for your advice, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Reply Ross Dec 12, 2012 12:28 am

      Hey Darrell,
      Mine came with all the papers ready to go for use on the road in BC. I didn’t have to do anything special for it. I’ve heard that it can be a pain to get everything organized. Are you looking at one that has all the paper’s ready?

      Try the forums at http://www.chinariders.net/ too. They have some knowledgeable people there.

  3. Reply rob Jan 4, 2013 2:03 pm

    hey, the map vi project sounds great. i’m wondering if you want to collaborate with me on my map project. i’m working on a map of vi for garmin, it’s at v1.3 now. coming along nicely. so far i only have trails borrowed from osm but i would like to get away from them. in exchange i could compile a transparent trail map of all the vi projects trails for you to make available on your site as well. let me know what you think.

  4. Reply Steve Hulme Apr 20, 2015 3:03 pm


    It has been awhile since we last connected, I had been living on Quadra Island at the time and just discovering your wonderful Pure Outside site.

    Things have changed for me and my wife and I have started a new project as a result: http://www.sherpasrt.com

    If you are okay with it, would truly appreciate it you could share this GoFundMe link so we can get momentum on this ambitious project: http://www.gofundme.com/SherpaSRT

    I do not mean to impose – but I’m reaching out to everyone who loves the outdoors … as they would truly ‘get it’ with regards to this project.


  5. Reply Dudley Dufort May 11, 2017 1:36 pm

    Hello Ross

    I was following your “How To” regarding exporting Basecamp to Google Earth.

    While following your instructions, Basecamp did not present me with the option to “View in Google Earth”. My Basecamp version is 4.6.2.


    • Reply Ross May 12, 2017 4:22 am

      Hey Dudley! The menu’s should still be there in 4.6.2. I’ve got 4.6.3 and they’re still showing. The only time it doesn’t show is when you right-click on the item on the map. As long as you click on the track or waypoint in the list or folder on the left then it should give you a View in Google Earth option. Any time you have something selected you can also go up to the top and click the View menu and choose View Selected Data in Google Earth or View Map Area in Google Earth. Hope that helps!

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