Category Archives: Backpacking

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Gear Review: GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset

Vital Statistics: Gear Type – Mug/Pot Combination Volume – 0.6 L Trail Weight – About 6.3 oz Includes – 0.6 L Pot/Mug, Sip-It Lid, Insulated Sleeve, Silicone Gripper, Telescoping Foon Materials – Proprietary, Hard Anodized Alloy Additional Specs – GSI Outdoors Review: I think of all the gear we own, our GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset

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Random Camping At Running Rain Lake – Day Three

Sunday was another gorgeous day, starting with sunshine and blue sky first thing in the morning. We all got up and made coffee and oatmeal again for breakfast. We pulled the tents apart to dry them from the rain that fell overnight. Then there was time for taking more photos and getting our gear rounded

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Random Camping At Running Rain Lake – Day One & Day Two

Over the weekend, we were fortunate enough to be able to take Dan and Kerri on their first backpacking trip (which coincidentally ended up being our first random camping excursion as well).  After a not unsubstantial amount of discussion and indecision, we settled on Running Rain Lake, which falls inside of one of the Wildland

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New Gear: Soto OD-1R Micro Regulator Stove

While it’s not technically *my* stove, in the strictest sense, while I was shopping at MEC today with Danny, he picked up the Soto OD-1R Micro Regulator Stove and said I could use it!  Hooray! The OD-1R won an Editor’s Choice Award from both Backpacker and Outdoor Magazine in 2010. Weighing in at just 2.6

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On Adopting A Pit Bull

As I’ve alluded to, our little motley crew has recently been joined by a four-legged cohort: Smidgin, the pit bull. Smidgin is two years old, and arrived from LA (indeed, I do mean Los Angeles) in June, via Prairie Pit Bull Rescue.  She was a stray (or as Mike calls her, a “California Street Dog”)

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Backpacking In Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

One weekend, not so long ago, Mike and I found ourselves with time to spare and no solid plans (a rarity to be sure) and so we took a spur-of-the-moment backpacking excursion to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.  There are several backcountry destinations to chose from, but being that we only had a regular weekend, we

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Recipe: Mixed Berry Crisp

    This delicious and simple treat makes for a great accompaniment to breakfast, or for dessert after a long day on the trail. Berry Crisp At Home: 1. In one bag mix ¼ cup brown sugar and 1 tbsp cornstarch (label: filling) 2. In a second bag, mix ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup rolled oats,

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New Gear: Marmot Limelight 3 Tent

Every year in April one of our favorite stores, Camper’s Village, runs an amazing tent and gear sale.  Mike and I had been planning and waiting for months, and when the announcement finally plunked into my e-mail, there were many delighted girlish squeals of glee (mostly from Mike). We’ve been debating the purchase of a second tent

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New Gear: MEC Hybrid Sleeping Bags

One of our Christmas gifts was a pair of hybrid mummy sleeping bags from Mountain Equipment Co-op (thank you Bill & Ruth!) which are rated to -12°C. They should work perfectly under normal camping conditions. If we are preparing for colder weather, there are bag liners and overbags that will increase the temperature rating. These hybrid bags combine

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How To Make Your Own Firestarters

You can purchase a variety of products designed to assist you in starting a fire (Esbit, Fatwood, EZ Fire, and so forth) while camping or backpacking.  However, being something of a Do-It-Yourself kinda girl, I like to make my own. The credit for this idea goes to the lovely crew of backpackers we met during

Video: How To Bake Cake… In An Orange!

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Article: The Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders – Part Two

Click here for Part One Article courtesy of Backpacker Magazine Written by: Jason Stevenson, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking The Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders (Continued) 6. Going ultra-light without ultra-experience A regular backpacker going ultra-light is like a vegetarian becoming a vegan—it takes time to dial down a new, safe system.

Book Review: The Canadian Hiker’s & Backpacker’s Handbook By Ben Gadd

When it comes to hiking and backpacking, many books are written by and for Americans or Europeans.  While that doesn’t discount any of those books as a source of valubal information, being from Canada, it’s rather nice to have access to information that is tailored to our unique climate and landscape.  Enter The Canadian Hiker’s

Article: The Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders – Part One

Article courtesy of Backpacker Magazine Written by: Jason Stevenson, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking The Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders 1. Wearing denim like Johnny Depp on 21 Jump Street News flash: Denim is cotton, so wearing jeans (and jean jackets for that matter, Mr. Depp) is a poor choice

New Gear: Evernew Titanium Cookware

This morning I decided to order the Evernew Titanium Non-Stick DX3 cooking set.  The set is made up of a titanium pot and frying pan, the pan doubling as a lid for the pot.  The non-stick coating is made from silicone and ceramic, not teflon, which is a feature I am really excited about. This

Gear Review: The North Face Double Headed Toad 44

Vital Statistics: Gear Type – Tent Person – 4 Season – 3 Trail Weight – About 8 lb Floor – 54 square ft Vestibule – 31 square ft Additional Specs – The North Face Review: We purchased our Double Headed Toad 44 (now known simply as The Toad) from Camper’s Village in June of 2010.

Lake Luellen: Day Three – August 2010

Sunday morning was blessedly warmer than Saturday morning had been, and when we hauled ourselves out of our sleeping bags at 7:30 am there wasn’t any frost on the ground, in spite of the somewhat heavy rains that had gone on through the night.  We’d had the good sense to keep our boots inside the tent on

Lake Luellen: Day Two – August 2010

On Saturday morning around 6 am I reluctantly extracted myself from the warm cocoon of my mummy sleeping bag, in order to, um, answer the call of nature as it were.  The first indication that it was going to be a rough start to our second day was the fact that the ground was covered in half

Lake Luellen: Day One – August 2010

So our long-awaited and much-anticipated first-ever overnight hiking trip went off wonderfully. It was just Mike and I, and 36 km of heavily wooded trail. Oh, and a grizzly bear. We pulled into the trailhead parking lot after purchasing our wilderness passes in Banff, and having a delicious dinner at Earl’s. A wilderness pass is