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Common outdoor injuries include cuts and scrapes, bruises, burns (sun and fire), bug bites, sprains and dehydration. Some are inevitable, but you don’t have to be a paramedic know how to avoid and deal with injuries when they happen!
Everyone deserves to feel safe, comfortable and respected in the outdoors. Unfortunately, women are constantly on guard for potential threats. We're often cautioned with tips about how to stay safe while travelling and adventuring—or actively discouraged from going at all. Too...
Travelling in a self-contained vehicle, or “vanlife” as it is better known on social media, existed long before Covid-19, but when the pandemic hit, van living took on a life of its own. The hashtag #vanlife now has over 9.8...
TO MY DEAR MOUNTAIN GUESTS... Will Gadd pens an open letter about some hard mountain truths Many people hire guides and instructors because, statistically, we do a good job keeping ourselves and our guests reasonably safe in beautiful but inherently dangerous places.
The first Earth Day took place in 1970, which is often considered the start of the modern environmental movement. Now, more than a billion people mark Earth Day on April 22 each year by taking actions both big and small.
Do you sometimes forget that you currently have more computer technology resting in the palm of your hand than was used to take mankind to the moon? I do. Especially when I’m constantly bombarded with scientific articles and media demonstrating...
The better you are, the more fun you will have. This is true of mostly everything in life, including skiing. A small tweak can make a world of difference. Here are nine simple ski tips that I learned from over 20...
Even if you’re not a climber, add ‘The Dawn Wall’ to your watch list. Last night, I was searching for an easy movie to watch before falling asleep. I’d already caught up on the Bachelor (judge me), finished my book...
Chesterman changed everything. We found this eight week-old, golden-furred Lab-pointer cross on Vancouver Island and—partly on a whim because we hadn’t planned on taking a dog home that day and partly as the culmination of a year of consideration—we scooped...
The appeal of an easy-to-learn, inexpensive activity that doesn’t require a big investment in clothing or gear is easy to understand. It’s a sport that gets you out into the fresh air, is good for all ages and abilities, and...
Increasing in participation by about 15 per cent a year (even before the pandemic caused a spike in popularity), cross-country skiing is becoming cool. Denys Lawrence, president of the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI), says for longtime cross-country...
Ah yes, there lies a gift to the trail. A soft, warm offering encased in emerald, purple or indigo. A Hershey’s kiss dropped artistically on a path winding into the wilderness, to be shared by hikers and their furry friends. An ornament...
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