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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...
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...
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...
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;...
Have you ever thought of self-publishing your latest outdoor adventure story? If so, here’s the good, bad and the ugly that comes along with it. I’ve published 17 books through a traditional publisher (Firefly Books, one of the largest in...
I’ve been busy this paddling season working on a re-write of my book Top 60 Canoe Routes of Ontario. I’ve added ten more routes, ranging from a day-long outing on the Tay River to eight days along the Georgian Bay...
Recently, I had the great opportunity to head out with my canoe buddy Andy Baxter (who happens to be the owner of Recreational Barrel Works) and help him field test some upgrades and new additions to his Expedition Barrel Harness...
This is a refreshing approach at showing how to thrive in extreme wilderness elements, for extensive periods of time. Juan Pablo’s 489-page book, which includes over 400 illustrations, is more of a psychological preparation than just a how-to guide on...
Crotch Lake is shaped like the “crotch” of a tree, hence the name. It’s also said that the original township north of the lake was titled “Belly Button Centre.” Either way, it’s not the best name given to such a...
Sean Rowley and Derek Specht, hosts of the very popular Paddling Adventures Radio podcast, sure love their road trips. I’ve experienced one with them a couple years back to Michigan’s Quiet Water Adventure Show. Sean plays a lot of hard...
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