Road Trip in the Far North

Came back from a week-long trip in the Yukon.  It was pretty spectacular… So remote and wildly beautiful.  So much unpopulated land while driving that it seemed you could very easily just run off into the wilderness, and no one would be able to find you…and I mean that in a good way. Our first …

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Camping and Hiking in the Kootenay Rockies

“Let’s beat traffic and hit the road early!” “Yeah!  Like 6:30?” “Yeah!  Great idea!  Or maybe like 7:30?” "Yeah!" Shortly later..."So I’ll pick you up at 9:30?” “Yeah.” After 9 hours on the road, we arrived in the Kootenays.  We stayed a couple of nights at a beautiful lake-front campground. Here, I really felt like …

Backroads Car Camping on the Lake

I’ve been doing a lot of “wild-camping” trips lately – minimalist camping with no chairs, walking / hiking in through brush, sleeping on un-even, rocky surfaces…it was time for some EASY camping.  I just got back from a fantastic car-camping weekend with friends. It was so nice getting on the road at 8am on a …

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 …

Getting Prepared: Overview of Home Emergency Kit

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 …