Outdoor Gear for FREE?! Camp Hacks: Repurposing Your Garbage

Just thought I’d share a couple of super cheap camping / hiking items that I’ve found very helpful.  Can’t take credit for inventing these camp hacks, as I copied a friend (thanks, Ann!) and I also copied good ol’ YouTube. I call these camping / hiking items my ‘garbage gear,’ because they were literally on …

Gettin’ Prepared!

Who loves emergency kits??  I do!  I do!  Being a bit obsessed with survivalism, I love researching about and planning for survival situations.  I really don’t know why I find it fun planning for a terrible, life-threatening event, but I do think being prepared for a survival / emergency situation is valuable.  According to PreparedBC, the types …

Michelle’s Science Experiment: HydroFlask Water Bottle vs. No-Name?

I recently bought myself a double-walled vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle.  It’s a no-name brand, and it was fairly inexpensive, about $15.  It’s no S’well or HydroFlask, which are supposed to be some of the best double-walled stainless steel water bottles out there!  But those retail for about $40 and up for an average-sized bottle, so …

The Long Search for ‘The One’: Finding the Right Pair of Hiking Boots

The last pair of hiking boots I bought were Salomons and I bought them from MEC about 5 years ago.  They were great and lasted a long time but now, it’s finally time to retire them, sadly. So I’ve been looking for a new pair of boots but buying hiking boots, I’m realizing, is a …

Learning by Copying:  Making a Leather Tinder Pouch

Well, I’ve been YouTubing again – It’s such a dangerous hobby sometimes!  I’ve been watching my bushcraft hero, MCQ Bushcraft, and decided to try making his leather tinder pouch, which looks gorgeous!  Is it practical and useful in an every-day way?  Not really – not for me, at least.  But is it beautiful and super …

Building a Shelter in the Woods and Sleeping in it: My Wilderness Survival Course with Canada West Mountain School

My first experience building a shelter out in the woods was really interesting.  Building a shelter really changed the way I felt in that environment.  At first, when I set out to find a location for my shelter, I looked around me at the thick brush and trees all around.  It all felt somewhat closed …

Preparing for my Overnight Wilderness Survival Course

I am super excited for this course I’ve signed up for from Canada West Mountain School.  It’s an overnight survival course, covering navigation skills, fire construction, shelter-building, and emergency response.  It'll be taking place in 2 weeks and the overnight part of the course will be on a property in Squamish, where we build tarp …