Camping

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One of the biggest debates among paddlers is what to wear on your feet. Some prefer old sneakers; others strap on lightweight sandals. My choice has always been solid hiking boots. Yes, they’re clunky, and some paddlers consider them somewhat...
There was rumour going around at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show a couple weeks ago that after nearly 50 years in the canoe-making business, Nova Craft Canoe was closing its doors. Luckily, it isn’t true. Phew! However, they are going through a...
Recently, I stumbled across an old photo of me taken during a solo canoe trip down the Missinaibi River when I was in my twenties. I had a mullet, canvas sneakers and wore John Denver glasses. In the background there...
I spent 63 nights in a tent in 2018. (I always feel it's not a good year in the wilderness if I don't sleep out there more than 60 nights.) Highlights were paddling the full length of the Thames River, Canada’s most...
A good winter sleeping bag can cost you a mortgage payment, and it makes little sense to spend that much if you're just going to give winter camping a go for one weekend out of the season. There are other options.
The question I’ve heard the most this winter is “How do you properly pitch a pyramid hot tent?” I generally use an a-frame hot tent for winter camping (Snowtrekker, made in the United States). It’s a self-supporting tent. Lightweight shock-corded aluminum...
My latest book, Once Around Algonquin: An Epic Canoe Journey, hit the online carts of Amazon, Indigo and Barnes and Noble last week. It should be in regular brick-and-mortar stores in a few more weeks. This time, I self-published (IngramSpark),
While the nightly news and daily social media were warning people of frigid temperatures and blistery snow squalls, I spent the week hauling a freight toboggan across frozen beaver ponds, pooping in a snow storm and cooking amazing meals in...
Winter has some distinct sounds: the crunch of snowshoes on the hard surface of the snow, the swish of skis along a groomed trail, the echoing croon of a raven. But have you also noticed how silent it is while...
Getting frostbite on three fingers means I now cringe every time the temperature drops. The accident happened in my mid-twenties, when I worked as a Forest Technician in Northern Ontario. Now in my mid-fifties, the pain has gotten worse. It’s...
I spent the weekend with a bunch of bushcrafters in the frozen foothills of Alberta. That was interesting. On the flight there, I was a tad hesitant about the event; questioning why they would ask me to be the keynote...
Cold camping means sleeping in a four-season tent without a heat source. What makes a four-season structure is a sturdy pole system and tough fabric that can withstand snow and wind. Choose a tent with lots of little extras such...
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