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Pushing the SOS button on the Garmin inReach Mini in Jasper National Park
"I was suddenly seized by an inability to breathe: the world went black and I was bent over gasping for air, then passed out and collapsed, falling into the marsh."
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Travel Day Pack Review
The Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Travel Day Pack (MSRP: $29.95, 1 oz / 30g) is an 18 L summiting daypack that can be compressed to the size of an egg and tucked into a multiday pack for peak-bagging on longer trips.
Episode 035 | Les Stroud on Raising Adventurous Children
Ryan and Andrew chat with Survivorman Les Stroud about his new book, "Wild Outside."
Escape from COVID-19 at Corona Ridge
Longtime Backpacking Light author Emylene VanderVeldon takes on a suspiciously-named untraversed route, one of the most difficult she’s ever attempted.
Traversing the Elusive Nahanni River by Canoe – Part 2: River of Dreams
A detailed account of our expedition down the Nahanni River by canoe.
Traversing the Elusive Nahanni River by Canoe – Part 1: Before the Trip
Part 1 of a detailed account of our expedition down the Nahanni River by canoe, including our pre-trek preparation and training.
Field Notes: The Fryatt Valley Hike
My Fryatt Valley Hike trip report - photos, gear notes, planning and prep.
Episode 9 | Author Caroline Van Hemert on 4,000 Miles Across the Arctic
In this episode, we talk to Alaskan writer, biologist, and adventurer Caroline Van Hemert. Caroline is an ornithologist who, along with her husband Pat, undertook a 4,000-mile human-powered journey from Bellingham Washington to Kotzebue, a small town high above the arctic circle.
Case Studies: Using Google Earth to Plan Wilderness Trips
This article presents some case studies of using Google Earth for wilderness trip planning, with a presentation of my process and lessons learned.
Vancouver Island: Trauma on a West Coast Trail Backpacking Trip
Vancouver Island and I are on a collision course for a rematch. Here's a story about my recent trials on a West Coast Trail backpacking trip.
The Skyline Trail: A Canadian Rockies Gem
The Canadian Rockies are full of backpacking opportunities which are well-traveled but secluded. One scenic route is the Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. I have had the benefit of backpacking many of the trails in the Canadian Rockies. However, I have never managed to make it out to the Skyline Trail. Also, the limited number of backpackers permitted on the trail at one time ensures a relatively private trip, and the elevation of the trail provides unparalleled views.
Mountains, Waterfalls and Rivers: Exploring Monkman Provincial Park, British Columbia
So when Ben texted me that he and two other guys had lined up a brand new "epic" trip in Monkman Provincial Park, British Columbia, I probably should have thought about what I was getting into. But I was up for some excitement so I joined the trip.
Hiking the Ottawa-Temiskaming Highland Trail: Trial and Tribulation in Ontario, Canada
Hiking the Ottawa-Temiskaming Highland Trail, one of Ontario's gems - is not without its challenges. Leanne tells us about its rewards, too.
Backpacking to Mount Assiniboine via the Marvel Pass Trail: Part 5
Backpacking to Mount Assiniboine through grizzly bear country requires you to pay attention! Enjoy the final day of our journal.
Backpacking Mount Assiniboine via the Marvel Pass Trail: Part 4
The Marvel Pass Trail is one route for backpacking Mount Assiniboine. Read this journal to learn about bears, gear, and more.
The Marvel Pass Trail to Mount Assiniboine: Part 3
Second day of an eventful trek to Mount Assiniboine via the Marvel Pass Trail in BC and Alberta, Canada. Today: grizzly bears.
The Marvel Pass Backpacking Trail to Mount Assiniboine: Part 2
Day 1: An unexpected day of adversity and uncertainty as the author begins the obscure Marvel Pass Backpacking Trail en route to Canada's iconic Mount Assiniboine.
Mount Assiniboine Backpacking (Marvel Pass Trail): Part 1
The author tests out some lightweight gear on obscure Marvel Pass Trail en route to Canada's iconic Mount Assiniboine.
Planning Complex Backpacking Trips: Best Practices
Best practices when trip planning includes: booking transportation, gear selection and packing tips for complex backpacking trips.
Kokopelli Nirvana Packraft Review
The Kokopelli Nirvana packraft performs well in whitewater, it is durable, well made, and competitively priced.