Golden Eagle Migration

Plans to climb a peak this weekend? Be sure to look up, way up, once you reach the summit. The annual eagle migration is picking up steam and mountaintops offer a bird’s eye view of the big event. Pack a pair of binoculars and extra warm clothes and factor in a little extra time at […]

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Picking the Perfect Tent Spot

Dogs barking, seals splashing, snakes nesting, kingfishers chattering – picking the perfect tent spot can be somewhat of  a wild adventure! We didn’t have much choice when it came to camping areas along coastal bluffs on a recent kayak trip. Beach landings were limited and reasonably flat areas with room for three tents even more so. […]

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Bear Hangs and Canisters

Established backcountry campsites usually have bear poles or lockers. Steel cables with clips make it simple to hang food; as does stuffing your tucker into an animal-proof metal box. But what do you do when you are traveling off the beaten track? Bear Hangs It used to be considered enough to throw a rope over […]

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More Bear Basics

 A grizzly sow and three cubs – it was our lucky day! Of course the fact that we were in the car at the end of the day, instead of on the trail, made the whole experience slightly more enjoyable. Outdoor adventures in the summer increase chances of wildlife sightings. One of the best ways […]

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Please Don’t Feed Wildlife

We weren’t stopped more than a minute, packs barely off our backs and on the ground when they descended. Darn little chippies!  Wait a second – that’s not a chipmunk, it’s a ground squirrel. A golden-mantled ground squirrel to be precise. How can I tell? No stripes on the head. Both chipmunks and several species […]

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Grasslands National Park

“Watch out for the rattlesnakes,” the information staff lady repeated again as she handed us a trail map. Too bad she didn’t warn us about the other things! Grasslands National Park lies just north of the Montana border, in one of the last vestiges of native grasslands. It’s one of the world’s largest dark sky […]

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Hiking Off the Beaten Path

Dinosaur fossils, tipi rings, hidden canyons, wolf tracks, waterfalls, wildflowers, abandoned homesteads, petroglyphs, pictographs, coyote dens – you never know what you might find when you step off the trail. It’s one of the things I love about canoe camping trips. After setting up the tent and hiding the coolers in the shade, we wander […]

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Bugs in the Backcountry

Beyond the ubiquitous mosquitoes, there are countless insects hikers encounter along their chosen backcountry path. Some are good, some not so good and some just plain ugly. The Good Ask any angler, and we’ve seen many with poles strapped to backpacks heading into remote alpine lakes, and they’ll agree that mayflies are not just good […]

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Hiking Season

April showers bring May flowers – not this year. True, I saw crocus in full bloom, but this June for crying out loud. There were others signs that Ma Nature hasn’t been keeping up with the calendar. The leaves on the trees are the brilliant green, the kind of color you only see during the […]

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Backpacking Checklist

There’s nothing worse than getting ready to set up camp and realising that you’ve forgotten the tent pole bag or the fuel canister or your sleeping pad or the camera (when wildlife walks through your campsite). Keep life simple with a checklist and you’ll never have to spend a night huddled under a tarp, eating […]

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