Hiking & Backpacking

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David Thoreau

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Paddling and Biking

"Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another." John Muir

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Backcountry Recipes

Backcountry Recipes

"The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness." Henry David Thoreau

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Gotta Love Gear

Gotta Love Gear

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” John Muir

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Photography Talk

Photography Talk

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter." Rachel Carson

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Canadian and Pacific Northwest Hiking Trails Resource

5 Reasons Why We Hike

5 Reason Why We Hike

Everyone who hikes does so for their own reasons, and while those reason generally have a common theme, they are as unique as any of us. If you’ve ever had trouble putting those reasons to words, perhaps this will help bring those thoughts into order. Reason 1: The Sights The most obvious of reasons and the easiest to share with …

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Mental Health Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

Mental Health Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

Have you ever noticed that your mood tends to dip when it is dark and gloomy outside? Many people find that their mood and their emotions are tied to the weather, but they often don’t understand why. Studies have shown that there are actually some significant mental health benefits to spending time outdoors – keep reading to learn more. How …

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10 Commandments of Hiking

10 Commandments of Hiking

I. Thou shall remain hydrated This cannot be stressed enough! Even if you only plan on heading out for a “short hike”, bring water. Anything can happen out on the trail and you need to be prepared. Bring re-usable water bottles, or bladders, plus water filters or tablets on longer trips. II. Thou shall ingest sustenance Your body needs fuel …

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