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

Safety Tips for Encountering Wildlife on the Trail

Safety Tips for Encountering Wildlife on the Trail

Nothing is better than experiencing the great outdoors, but it is important to remember that the wild is just that – wild. Whether you are taking a leisurely walk through the woods or hiking in a national park, you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times because you never know when you might come across a wild …

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Tips for Stocking Your Backpacking Repair Kit

Tips for Stocking Your Backpacking Repair Kit

When you head into the wilderness, you never really know what you might encounter. As you spend your day hiking, accidents can happen that might damage your supplies or equipment. Because you may not have immediate access to resources, it is a good idea to carry with you a backpacking repair kit so you can make minor repairs on the …

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Stay Cool with These Hot Weather Hiking Tips

Stay Cool with These Hot Weather Hiking Tips

When the winter fades away and the weather starts to warm, it is the perfect time to enjoy a hiking trip. Depending where you live and where you plan to go, however, you may find that things are a little warmer than you like. If you’re looking for some simple ways to stay cool on your hiking trips this summer, …

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Forest Medicine

Forest Medicine by Ron (solo75)

The forest represents a unique natural environment with its different ecosystems of plants, animals, fungi, insect and riparian zone. Outdoor enthusiasts take the forest for granted when they pass through on their way to the mountain top and many are unaware that the forest has a lot to offer in terms of health benefits. There is a growing body of …

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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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