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The good news is that there are also a few homegrown antidotes, often right nearby. Keep reading to find out more, and click the links for images and more info: The three most well-known contact poisonous plants are: Poison Ivy (Rhus radicans) Poison...
Lowe was one of the first professional climbers and immensely talented across a wide spectrum of outdoor sports. He is an icon of American climbing, and I really enjoyed him whenever I saw him. He was as strikingly charismatic as...
If you have ever thought of racing a stand up paddleboard here are a few pointers to get you prepared for the big day. Make sure your paddle is the correct length. There are debates within the community on...
There are three choices for descending in the backcountry: telemark, alpine touring or snowboarding. Regardless, all rely on climbing skins for the climb up. Telemark A heavy-duty binding holds only the toe, allowing for easy moving in flattish terrain, but requires more...
Avalanche danger lurks on just about any slope worthy of turns, broken gear can mean real trouble and with cold temperatures, short days and difficult access, injuries can become life threatening quickly. The most important piece of safety gear is...
It doesn’t take freezing weather for Hypothermia to happen; hypothermia can set in at temperatures as high as 10 degrees Celsius. The first sign of hypothermia is cold hands and feet, as the body starts to conserve heat to protect...
So you can set up a tent in two minutes, roast a marshmallow to perfection and you’re a pro backpack-packer? Well, here are three more essential camping skills to master: Fly fishing merges hunter-gatherer heritage with Zen sensibility. Here is how...
Summer camping trips lead to stunning landscapes and natural habitats that are sure to excite any budding photographer: crystal-clear lakes glimmer beneath glacier-covered mountains; mossy green trees sprout with new life in moist rainforests; and radiant stars speckle the night...
Looking to catch a wave this summer? Hannah Stevenson from Pacific Surf School in Tofino, BC offers three quick tips to get you started in surfing: 1. “Bigger is better — for the board that is. You will be sadly disappointed...
• Watch your campfire smoke: if it hovers around ground level, it indicates a low-pressure system — rain is on the way.• Look at the sky: cloud layers that move in different directions are usually indicators of worrisome weather ahead.•...
• Start out on a high-volume (large) board. Err on the side of larger than you need. They may not be as manoeuvrable, but once the “balance” aspect has been lessened, one is freer to focus on paddle technique. • When...
Bio: Sean McColl is Canada’s top competitive climber, and one of the few North Americans to achieve success on the world stage of competitive climbing; an area typically dominated by Europeans. As a Junior competitor, McColl won every Canadian Youth...
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