Backcountry Buns

Noooo… it can’t be true. Yesterday was the warmest day of the year – and yesterday I saw leaves starting to turn yellow. Here we stand with one foot firmly in summer and the other on fall’s doorstep. What does it all mean? Besides looking forward to Brooks-Range new lineup of warm layers coming out […]

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Backcountry Campfires

Crackling wood, dancing flames, flickering light – there is no denying the innate appeal of a campfire. But with lightweight, efficient and reliable backcountry stoves doing most of the cooking these days, having a campfire in the backcountry is becoming more of a luxury than a necessity. We rarely have fires when backpacking, but on paddling […]

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Trip Treats

Boats booked, nautical charts bought, guidebook pages photocopied and stored in waterproof map bag with the compass and tide tables – check, check, check. Clothes, tent and sleeping bags are piling up on the basement floor beside the dry bags. Beef jerky is marinating, biscotti are browning and yogurt is drying. Yup, we’re prepping for […]

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Backpacking Games

Whether it’s bad weather, or the end of a long day on your feet, or bugs that force you into shelter, unwinding with a game may be the perfect way to spend the evening. But what games should you pack? Forget bulky board games, think cards, or better yet, dice. 10,000 It’s a deceptively simple […]

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Leave What You Find

There are seven major “leave no trace” principles. Number four is “leave what you find.” I broke the rule. Backpacking into a remote subalpine lake was a joy – until we reached the camping area and discovered huge bough beds hacked by a careless backcountry visitor from nearby conifer trees at the lake edge. I couldn’t […]

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Backcountry Retreats

It doesn’t take much distance to lose the crowds. After joining friends in an established campground, we headed out into the backcountry. Over the course of the next five days, we saw a grand total of three day hikers on day one and three people at a horse outfitters camp and two travellers on horseback […]

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Happy 4th of July!

Today’s post is necessarily short and sweet. Why? The sun is shining, it’s a holiday and it’s past time to get outside and go for a little adventure. We’re off to canoe a lazy river littered with dinosaur bones. It’s hard to say who’s more excited – our 2-year-old guest or his almost 30-year-0ld father. Summertime in […]

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What makes a great hiking trail?

I read an interesting blog post yesterday that got me thinking about what factors take a hiking trail from good to great. The author listed eight top qualities – from few people to jaw-dropping view at the summit to wildlife sighting opportunities. Running through them in my mind, I found I agreed with most points: […]

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