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

Wild Encounters

Wild Encounters

When I younger, I was more interested in hiking to my destination rather than enjoying my time along the way. Times have changed and I now realize that there is more fulfillment to my trips when I take my time and observe nature. Some of my more memorable outings occurred when I’ve come across various animals, like the time I …

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50 Trails for Canada 150

50 Trails for Canada 150

No matter where you are in this beautiful country, there is a trail near you to be explored! From coast to coast, our country offers some pretty spectacular views – check out the top 50 trails throughout Canada and discover for yourself. British Columbia West Coast Trail Kettle Valley Rail Trail Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail Sunshine Coast Trail North Coast …

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How to Train for a Long Hike

How to Train for a Long Hike

Even the worst of couch potatoes can see beautiful vistas and jaw-dropping scenery thanks to technology and access to the internet. But for some, the nature soaked images are not enough — we crave dirt under our feet, fresh air coursing through our lungs and the ache in our muscles that only a long day of hiking can bring. There’s …

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Most Common Hiking Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Most Common Hiking Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Hiking can be a wonderful activity that provides a full-body exercise while experiencing beautiful nature. However, injury is one of the few drawbacks of hiking. Whether you’re trekking for many miles through the wilderness or just taking a brief hike in the park, injury can occur. Many hiking injuries are preventable. If they occur, they can also be treatable. Being …

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Fitness Training Tips to Prepare for a Long Hike

Fitness Training Tips to Prepare for a Long Hike

If you’re thinking about going on a long hike, you’ll need to make some practical preparations. Not only do you need to be smart about packing, but you also need to prepare your body for the rigors of an extended hike – if you don’t, you could put yourself at risk for injury or you might not make it through …

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How to Find a Campsite on Your Hike

How to Find a Campsite on Your Hike

Established campsites are great, but they tend to either be full of people or located somewhere far away from where you’re actually planning to hike. If you’re heading out into the wilderness, one of the best skills you can pick up is learning how to find the perfect rough campsite. Here are a few tips, tricks and toys to help …

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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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