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I’m continuing to do Whisky Fireside Chats on my KCHappyCamper YouTube channel. I’m not running out of interesting outdoorsy types to interview, but I am running a little low on good whisky. One of my favourite interviewees this week was good...
“Watch out for the piranhas,” says our guide, as he leads us into the waist-deep water of a rushing river. I had been warned about snakes, spiders, and leeches that morning during our trek briefing, but as I feel the...
I had the privilege of doing one of my Whisky Fireside Chats (online due to the COVID-19 pandemic) with Patrick Kelly from Kelly Kettle. What an incredible, historic piece of camp gear. The Kelly Kettle dates to the 1890s, to a...
I’ve been keeping busy while in “isolation” interviewing more awesome outdoorsy people for my Happy Camper Whisky Fireside online chats (thank goodness for Zoom). Here’s a double bill for you to enjoy. Two incredible legendary Canadian adventurers: Hap Wilson and Frank...
If camping had a uniform, it would undoubtedly be sewn from buffalo plaid flannel. From Buffs to blankets to backpacks to scarfs, if you want to evoke “cabin style” (or cottage style, depending which side of the country you live...
I get it! I'm getting older. I've been travelling through the wilderness for quite some time now. I've written books and articles about it, done films, been interviewed on radio and TV… I don't want to admit it, but I'm...
Is it just me, or are any other outdoor enthusiasts watching the classic National Film Board movies more than binge-watching Netflix’s Derry Girls and The Tiger King? Grab a bowl of GORP and fill your tin camp mug with a wee...
I have a new book coming out this spring. It’s an update (third addition) to A Paddlers Guide to Algonquin. I’ve updated the information and added 10 new routes. Here’s a sample chapter; one of my favourite routes in the park.
I teach part time at a college where I take high school students outdoors for a class titled Ecosystem Skills. If they pass, the students gain two credits: high school and a college credit. The course teaches them how to...
For several years now, I’ve joined singer/songwriter Jerry Vandiver on stage during his performance at Canoecopia in Madison, Wisconsin. I’ve dressed as a cow and played the cowbell during “Too Tired to Start a Fire,” played drums on canoe barrels...
Globalstar just announced new advanced SPOT Mapping features to help paddlers and backpackers in the interior share their positions during adventures. It includes mobile responsive and sharable maps, longer data storage and various map displays, including satellite, road and terrain...
Ready to start meal prepping for your next adventure? Have a food dehydrator? Here’s a hearty, delicious recipe! INGREDIENTS 1 medium onion (diced) 1 red pepper (diced) 4 cloves garlic (minced) 4 tomatoes (diced) 1 can tomato paste (156 mL) 3 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoon...
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