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History Channel has a new show out—Deadman’s Curse—and I was given the opportunity to do one of my Whisky Fireside Chats with two of the cast members (Adam Palmer and Don Froese). The premise of Deadman’s Curse is based on...
A crackling fire and roasting marshmallows or hotdogs while basking in the glow of a campfire is a time-honoured tradition for many families. It can be a memory that lasts a lifetime, or it can be a disaster waiting to...
With the ability to provide added warmth and extend the life of your sleeping bag, sleeping bag liners are extremely useful, yet remain an item left behind by many campers. Highly packable and designed to be slipped into your sleep...
Illustrator and author John Owens asked me to write a back cover review for his latest book, One Winter Up North. I jumped at the chance. I absolutely loved his previous book One Summer Up North, and since I’m a...
Autumn is sweeping away summer with a blissful respite from the relentless heat—and all too soon, the chill seeps through my lightweight hiking clothes. It’s time to forgo shorts and sleeveless tees in favour of fleece, flannel and waterproof technology.
Bloating, cramps and achy backs make that time of the month extremely uncomfortable, and the thought of heading outdoors—where clean water and a hot shower can be elusive—seems too inconvenient and almost unbearable. But with proper preparation and the right...
There’s only one thing worse than carrying a heavy backpack on your outdoor adventure: forgetting the gear you need to ensure your safety, leaving yourself ill-equipped to handle emergency situations. Every hiker and camper should always carry these 10 essential items.
There’s quite the variety of backcountry air mats out there, and a lot of different ways to inflate them. Here’s a breakdown of some of the main techniques to blow up your mat and make a cozy sleep system for...
I’m closing in on a dozen canoe trips so far this season, and I only portaged once. The majority of routes were across open water, with no lengthy, bug-infested, muddy trails to haul my gear and canoe across. It wasn’t...
So often, camping focuses on packing just the basics. What you bring is dictated by where your campsite is—front country vs. backcountry—and how you’re able to access it: pack-in/pack-out or via car—but we want to challenge the idea...
I got the new SOL Fire Lite Tinder Cord in the spring and packed it away in my chaos bag for the season—just in case. Good thing I had it packed. Interesting thing, however, is that I didn’t need the...
Another Canadian won HISTORY® Channel's hit survival series Alone. Juan Pablo Quiñonez, from Pinawa, MB, outdid all the other survivalists for Season 9. So well deserved. Juan Pablo is the author of the new book Thrive: Long-Term Wilderness Survival Guide;...
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