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

What Are the Best Gifts for Hikers?

What Are the Best Gifts for Hikers?

With the winter holidays coming up, it’s time to start making a gift list for your nearest and dearest. If your family and friends are hikers and love the outdoors, frankly, the list is going to be easy! Hikers can always use hiking-related presents, whether it’s new versions of old standbys or branching out into a new area. What are …

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Cold Weather Hiking Tips

Cold Weather Hiking Tips Every Hiker Should Know

Though temperature drops as summer turns to fall, there are many wonderful changes that take place. The leaves begin to change and the air takes on a certain smell. If you don’t mind the cold, the fall can be a great time of year to go hiking. Keep reading to learn some cold weather hiking tips to ensure that your …

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How to Do a Hiking Vacation When You Don’t Want to Camp

How to Do a Hiking Vacation When You Don’t Want to Camp

Camping can be great fun, but sometimes it’s way too much hassle to set up the tent and tend a campsite, especially at the end of the camping season. Hiking vacations can be an alternative to traditional camping, especially if you pick the right locations. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s what to do to plan an awesome …

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What to Do on a Hiking Date

What to Do on a Hiking Date

When the weather is warm during the summer, and it’s fun to be outside, going hiking on a date can be a great idea. It’s also an activity that can be done during the fall season since the changing leaves would make for one of the best romantic views. You’ll both observe the best nature has to offer while having …

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What Kind of Food Should You Bring on Your Hike?

What Kind of Food Should You Bring on Your Hike?

Going on a long hike? Maintaining a diet that is full of essential vitamins, minerals, carbs, protein and fat will ensure you have enough energy to finish and enjoy yourself. There’s nothing quite like being outdoors and experiencing nature. Hiking is a great way to exercise, take in new scenery and explore new areas. When hiking, your body needs lots …

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How to Pack Your Backpack the Right Way

How to Pack Your Backpack the Right Way

A backpacking trip is a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors and to truly get away from it all. A good backpack can hold a surprising amount of gear and supplies, if you pack it correctly. You can’t just shove things in and hit the trail – you need to be able to access things when you need them …

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What Gear Do You Need? 

What Gear Do You Need and Where Do You Put It? 

What Gear Do You Need and Where Do You Put It? Hiking might seem like a “gear sport” if you’re new to it, and there is an unquestionable initial investment that comes with spending more time outdoors. The truth is, though, if you know what to bring, you can get a lot of use out of a few good pieces …

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Wildfire Smoke: How Much of a Concern?

Wildfire Smoke: How Much of a Concern?

With the continued dry weather and forest fires that southern BC has been experiencing, the smoke has not only blanketed the cities but also the mountains and forests. With intense heat, the smoke rises high in the air until it cools then it begins to descend and wind plays a role in spreading the smoke and diluting it out until …

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Ecological Reserve: Comox Lake Bluffs

Waterfall in the forest by Ron

Ecological reserves are established in B.C. to protect a specific ecosystem of plant and animal life.  Ecological reserves are not created for the purpose of recreation but rather for educational and research purposes. Although not created for recreation purposes, some reserves are easily accessible by trails while others are not and even in some cases, restricted. Comox Lake Bluffs ecological …

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What to Do If You Get Injured During a Hike

What to Do If You Get Injured During a Hike

There’s nothing more restorative than spending some time in the great outdoors. Going on a hike is healing for a lot of people — but what can you do if you get injured on your wilderness getaway? It’s important to come prepared with basic first-aid and plenty of water to keep hydrated. Watching your step, having a traveling buddy and …

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