January 2018

Killarney Solo Winter Backcountry Trip – Ice Ice Baby -44

By | 2018-01-06T07:01:03+00:00 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 had stopped in to visit the lovely staff at the office at George Lake.  I was doing a 5 day, 4 night solo trip and I had a few questions.  I got all the answers [...]

Hot Tent Backcountry Trial Run – How to Stake a Hot Tent When Camping on Rock

By | 2018-01-02T17:19:19+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, Campers, camping, Canada, Climbing, conservatationarea, Conservation areas, conservationarea, crownland camping, enthusiasm, Exploring, falls, frozen waterfalls, georgian bay, go home lake, hike, Hiking, hot tent, ice, Muskoka, muskoka trails, Nature, Ontario, Outdoor Adventure Show, Outdoors, scenic, sledding, snowshoe trails, snowshoeing, tent, tentcamping, tipi, toboggan, water, winter, winter camping, winter camping tips, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A few weeks before the hot tent was done, I 'd made plans to take it out into the backcountry with my friend Sue, from Sue's Outdoor Crew.  She had spent the weekend before making a sled so she could carry her gear on it and some of the items needed for our weekend.  The day before our trip, we had some issues locating a good spot to camp as it's very difficult to find [...]

December 2017

How To Make a Hot Tent Camper Christina Style – Part 2 – Zipper and Preparing the Stove Jack

By | 2017-12-12T18:08:04+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camp, Campers, camping, camping tips, Canada, cold, DIY, education, glamping, homemade, hot tent, inspiration, learning, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, solo trip, tent, tentcamping, toboggan, true north, Up north, winter camping, winter camping tips, winter Wonderland, winterglamping, winterinthewild|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 quickly realized it weighs a tonne.  I hadn’t realized how much until I had made a statistics sheet about it for winter in the wild and was amazed to see that it weighed about 65 lbs and with [...]

November 2017

East Paint Lake – Relaxing with Snakes

By | 2017-11-21T19:34:52+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, campsite, Canada, Exploring, fish, fishing, kayak, kayak camping, kayak portaging, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, scenery, scenic, solo trip, sunrise, sunset, swimming, tent, tentcamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had been go go go and I needed a bit of a break. I,  of course, didn't want to stay home though, so I planned a quick trip to one of my favorite areas, the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails.  I found a site on a lake called East Paint Lake that was all by itself.  To get there I just needed to do a short paddle and an 823m portage. Easy peasy!  Booked it [...]

Fall Paddling Trip to Nunikani – Snorts, Surprises & Snow

By | 2017-11-14T17:14:16+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, backcountry, backcountry camping, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, canoe camping, canoeing, cold, cold camp, day trip, Exploring, fall, kayak, kayak camping, kayak portaging, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, ontarios highlands, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, recipes, tarps, tentcamping, waterfalls|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was a great weekend, it was cold, it was wet, it was windy and I vowed momentarily not to camp again until next summer, but it was a total hoot! I had been in correspondence with Mike Burns who had provided me with a huge amount of advice and information regarding my recent solo trip to Killarney.  I had met Mike at the 150 through another friend Derek, from Paddling Adventures Radio, a podcast [...]

The Story of My Canoe – Backcountry Custom Canoes

By | 2017-11-07T17:34:44+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: #150for150, Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, backcountry custom canoes, camping, camping tips, Canada, canoe, canoe builder, canoe camping, canoe event, canoe lake, canoe maker, canoeing, Exploring, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddle canada, paddling, portage, portaging, skin on frame|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I first saw a canoe made by Backcountry Custom Canoes on Instagram at the start of the year, I thought they were the most beautiful canoes I'd ever seen. I knew nothing about them, just that they were gorgeous looking boats. (Photos provided by Backcountry Custom Canoes Instagram page.) I would see them on instragram every now and then and would love the post and many times comment on how incredibly gorgeous they were, [...]

October 2017

Massasauga – Fabulous Fall Kayak Camp – Buck Wolf Sunrise

By | 2017-10-31T15:10:37+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: #deer, Adventure, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, birds, buck, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, kayak, kayak camping, Kayak cart, kayak portaging, Kayaking, Massassauga, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, Provincial Park, scenery, scenic, solo trip, tangii, wolf|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's been a busy busy summer, a busy year actually and I have had the most amazing trips!  After completing my big three  solo adventures, French River, Algonquin and Killarney, I am ready for a nice relaxing camping trip with lots of exploring and down time and not a huge amount of paddling or portaging. As I am a bit injured as well at the moment, with a pulled rib of some sort, I wanted [...]

Killarney – Solo Canoe Trip – Part 1/2- Paddle Paddle Muck Wind

By | 2017-10-17T19:00:55+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, canoe, canoe camping, canoeing, Exploring, fall, fallcolours, falls, killarney, Killarney Provincial Park, Moon, Nature, navigating, navigation, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, scenery, scenic, solo trip, storm, sunrise, sunset, swamp, tent, waterfalls, waterways, wind|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With another long weekend fast approaching, it was time to devise a new plan. A 5 day solo canoe trip was in order and I wanted it to be as awesome as my Algonquin trip had been.  It would be hard to surpass but I believed I had the groundwork for another epic journey! After many nights of planning and consulting a few people who knew the area, making revisions and calculating kilometers and portage [...]

September 2017

Algonquin Kiosk Loop – 5 Day Solo Canoe Trip – Part 2 of 2

By | 2017-09-20T09:47:03+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, backcountry camping, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, canoe camping, canoeing, enthusiasm, Exploring, inspiration, kiosk, Ontario, ontario parks, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, Solitaire, solo trip, sunrise, sunset, tangii|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 1 of this trip can be found here.   This is the continuation of that post starting from the afternoon of Day 3 at my site on Big Thunder Lake. I had just arrived, set up my small footprint tarp and was sitting under it enjoying some lunch...... While eating my lunch on day 3 on Big Thunder Lake, I realized I would have to move the small footprint tarp I was using and [...]

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