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Temagami – Alone on a 4 Day Canoe Trip – Part 1- Sandy Inlet to Bob Lake

By |October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, camping, Canada, canoe, canoeing, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddling, portage, portaging, solo trip, women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For many many years now, I have wanted to visit Temagami.  With help from some friends, including the Friends of Temagami, I finally was able to make that wish a reality. The original plan was to start at Sandy Inlet.  [...]

Black Lake Canoe Trip For Sue’s Birthday – SO MUCH FUN! 1/2

By |September 18th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, canoe camping, canoeing, Exploring, fishing, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I camped with Sue in December of 2017 in the new winter backcountry hot tent I'd made, we had an amazing time.  We decided we would do another trip soon, but schedules conflicted and events arose and even though [...]

Algonquin 4 Day Cedar Solo – Days 1 & 2, Aura Lee, Varley, Gull

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, enthusiasm, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, solo trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Even though I was  still sore and tired from my last 5 day solo to Algonquin, I wanted to do another one.  I went on a one nighter in between to The Massasauga, which is a 30 minute drive from [...]

Algonquin – 5 day solo 2018 – Days 1 & 2 – North Tea & Biggar Lakes

By |August 14th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, Exploring, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, paddling|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Although I knew my body wasn't in the best shape for a 5 day portage trip, I booked it anyways.  I would just have to get in shape as I went along.  I had researched quite a few routes in [...]

ORCKA Basic Canoe Course 1-4 with Kirkwood Canoe

By |June 26th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, canoe, canoeing, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, Huntsville, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, teaching, training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always wanted to take a canoe skills course but just never got around to looking up the info and actually committing fully to doing it.  A few months ago my friend Sam sent me a message to advise [...]

Dehydrating Fun – Prepping for Tripping

By |June 19th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, camping tips, Canada, canoe camping, canoeing, Chop, dehydrated food, DIY, edibles, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, food, Food storage, Hiking, homemade, inspiration, kayak camping, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddling, tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For my very first backcountry trip, ever, in 2002, I dehydrated all of my own food.  Even back then it was popular and even more so as it was a lot harder to buy food already packaged and prepared in [...]

Bentshoe Lake – 1/2 – 1st Kayak Camp of 2018

By |June 5th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, camping, camping tips, Canada, kayak, kayak camping, Kayaking, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The May long weekend was on the way and I had no plans. I decided it was finally time to get out and do a trip. My concussion was still lingering slightly but I had improved greatly and figured a [...]

Packing for my 5 Day Algonquin Canoe Trip

By |May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, camp, Campers, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, dehydrated food, education, enthusiasm, kiosk, learning, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, solo trip, tent, tentcamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since starting my blog and youtube channel, I have gotten a lot of requests from people to see what I pack for my trips, so today I am posting what I packed for my 5 day Algonquin trip last summer.  [...]

Camper Christina Presents on Solo Camping at the Outdoor Adventure Show! – Feb 24, 2018

By |February 27th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, Canada, canoe, canoe builder, canoeing, carcamping, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, inspiration, kayak, kayak camping, kayak portaging, Kayaking, learning, level 1, mapping, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoor Adventure Show, Outdoors, outdoors show, paddle canada, paddling, portage, portaging, Presentation, Provincial Park, teach, teaching, tentcamping, training, waterways, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good Morning and welcome to Christina's presentation on solo camping from Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at the Outdoor Adventure Show! Today I am posting my speech as a blog post for those of you who have asked and are interested.  [...]

Killarney Solo Winter Backcountry Trip – Ice Ice Baby -44

By |January 6th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, crack, creek, creeks, Exploring, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, hot tent, killarney, Killarney Provincial Park, Nature, Ontario, Outdoor Adventure Show, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, pulk, pull in, scenery, scenic, sledding, snowshoe trails, snowshoeing, Solitaire, solo trip, tent, tentcamping, walking, winter, winter camping, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always wanted to do a winter backcountry trip in Killarney, but due to the tipi being so heavy and not having a clue where to go, I hadn't made it there as of yet. Over the summer, I [...]

How to Make A Hot Tent Camper Christina Style – Part 1

By |December 5th, 2017|Categories: camping, Canada, cold, DIY, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, gear, homemade, hot tent, inspiration, learning, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, tipi, toboggan, winter camping, winter camping tips, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In November 2015, I built a DIY Tipi hot tent.   It is awesome and I love it dearly, but unfortunately, the tipi is not made for the backcountry. I took it on a few small trips last year and very [...]

The All Canada Weekend – On Smokey Lake With The Happy Camper

By |July 5th, 2017|Categories: #fish, Adventure, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, canada day, canoe camping, canoeing, Conservation areas, conservationarea, cooking, creek, creeks, day trip, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, fishing, Fun, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, outdoorproducts, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, sunset, swimming, tourism, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I camped with The Happy Camper last month, I had no idea we would be heading out on another trip so soon.  We had discussed the big 150th birthday this year and I had mentioned I wanted to do [...]

Women on Water Paddling Festival – It’s called WOW for a reason!

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, camp, Campers, Canada, canoe, canoeing, cottage, cottaging, education, enthusiasm, Fun, georgian bay, glamping, inspiration, instructors, kayak, Kayaking, learning, learning centre, level 1, level 1 instructor, meditation, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, ontario sea kayak centre, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, Presentation, scenic, sunrise, sunset, sup, tangii, teach, teaching, training, Uncategorized, water, waterways, wild women expeditions, women, womens event, yoga|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Before taking my Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor Course with Ontario Sea Kayak Centre, my coach Dympna had asked me to attend the Women on Water Paddling Festival.  I had no idea what this festival was all about and had [...]

Hunting Morels – YUM!

By |May 30th, 2017|Categories: #fungi, #mushroom, #mushrooms, Canada, edibles, Exploring, forage, foraging, hunt, hunting, morel, morels, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One night,  I was sitting out front, enjoying some fresh air. I looked over and saw something in the front garden that I thought was a funny looking pine cone? I walked over to take a closer look and realized [...]

Camper Christina Cooks – Making Homemade Hamburgers from Scratch

By |May 18th, 2020|Categories: backcountry, backcountry camping, burger, camping, camping food, camping tips, edibles, education, food, hamburger, homemade, meals, Outdoors, recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On my camping trip over the May long weekend, I made a homemade hamburger that I made from scratch at home.  I froze that burger and then brought it on my camping trip making an avocado spread for the bun [...]

Camping With Colitis

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, camping, Canada, colitis, Hiking, Ontario, Outdoors, paddling, ulcerative colitis|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I want to start off by saying this is not a happy fun camping post showing photos of pretty locations, sunrises, sunsets and maybe a random animal.  This is a post about me and living the life I live and [...]

Adding a Vent to the Hot Tent & Revising the Corner Loops

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, DIY, hot tent, Ontario, Outdoors, renovation, renovations, revised, vent, winter, winter camping, winter camping tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In November of last year I built my very own backcountry winter hot tent.  I had previously built a hot tent tipi, but as I learned on a backcountry trip with my friend Ashley, the tipi would be far too [...]

Winter Backcountry Camping with Shirley – Testing out my new BCC Sled!

By |December 25th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, crownland camping, Exploring, Hiking, hot tent, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, pulk, pull in, sledding, tent, winter, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I met Shirley a few years ago in the go home like parking lot. I was there to do an interview with Shawn James from my self-reliance and she was on her way out of a trip.  We chatted on [...]

Camper Christina Cooks – Making Chicken Stew

By |December 18th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry camping, camper christina cooks, camping, camping food, Canada, canoe camping, cooking, food, Ontario, Outdoors|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With winter camping well under way, I needed to prepare a delicious hearty meal to bring with me on my winter trips.  I have never made chicken stew before, but I put together the ingredients that I had, that I [...]

Mew Lake Winter Camping with The Outdoor Kind – 113018-120218

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, camping, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cold camp, cold camping, Exploring, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, hot tent, Mew Lake, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, scenery, scenic, snowshoe trails, snowshoeing, waterfalls, winter, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have been chatting with an awesome guy online since November 2017, John Van Barriger from The Outdoor Kind.  We connected through social media due to mutual friends and similar interests and I have always thought what John does is [...]

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