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Am I a Backcountry Diva? (Tips for making camping actually comfortable)

When I was canoe guiding, there was this subtle narrative that true outdoor-adventurers were rugged and hardcore. They paddled as many kilometers as the daylight would allow, were constantly filthy and never complained. For them, canoe trips were a physical feat and a test of one’s ‘manliness’, rather than a comfortable camping trip enjoying the […]

We were a generation of loneliness long before the virus

I wrote this blog post on a plane while solo traveling, long before COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders. I never published it because, well, it just didn’t seem relevant. It didn’t seem like something anyone would care about. But after two months of lockdown, I have resurrected (and slightly modified) the post here. I think society […]

A Guide to The Catlins, New Zealand’s Best Kept Secret

A wonderful and completely overlooked region, The Catlins, New Zealand is an absolute gem on the South Island. It’s a shame more people don’t experience it. Golden coastline, penguins and sea lions; lush forest and waterfalls; sea caves and a petrified forest – all within a two hour drive. What more could you want? You […]

Behind the Scenes: A Wilderness First Responder Course in Costa Rica

Wilderness First Responder Course in Costa Rica

Hi adventure friends! I’ve written about the importance of getting wilderness medicine training before, but committing to a course can be a bit daunting. What will it be like? What should you expect before, during and after? Today I’m going through my experience with the Wilderness First Responder course. I did my training with the […]

Iqaluit Hotels: Where to Stay on your Arctic Getaway

So you’re thinking of a trip to Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital city. In a territory as vast and sparsely populated as Nunavut, Iqaluit is a bit of a “New York of the North.” You’ll be surprised by the many ‘city’ features – like a huge recreation center, an Instagram-worthy coffee shop and a brewery – blended […]

To all the gear I’ve loved before

Disclaimer I hope you enjoyed this little poem I wrote about all my good-enough gear. But, this being the internet, I thought I should add a little disclaimer. High quality gear does have a purpose and when gear companies release a new-and-improved product, say better merino base layers, they aren’t trying to pull the wool […]

7 Reasons to Canoe the Missinaibi River

It almost hurts me how much I love this river. I love the beautiful scenery and varied geography, the challenging rapids and sense of adventure, the timelessness of being so deep in the wilderness. I love the eight crazy teenagers I guided through each of the 500-something kilometers and I remember every cup of cowboy […]

How to bring the Outdoors IN while Social Distancing

Killarney Canoe Trip, canoe at the end of the portage

Hey friends. I don’t know where you’re reading this from and what the situation is like there, but here in Canada we are social distancing. This is Week #5, and I’ve been getting real cranky cooped up inside this 700 sq foot apartment*. I want to hike. I want to paddle. But more than anything […]

How to Portage a Canoe + 12 Expert Tips to Make it Easier

Sign at Thunderhouse Falls

Oh hey there! So you’d like to learn how to portage a canoe? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, I’ll explain how to get a canoe on your shoulders, but in addition I’ll also give you a ton of tips for how to make portaging a more enjoyable experience, because, admittedly, […]

Here is How to Safely Wash a Down Jacket

Hello camping friends and fellow outdoor enthusiasts! In this post I am going to walk you through everything you need to know to wash your down jacket (and why you need to in the first place). I know – it’s a scary proposition. Your down jacket is your baby. But hopefully after reading this post […]

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