January 2018

New Years at Mew Lake in Algonquin Park – 2017/2018

By |2018-01-16T18:30:55+00:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, camp, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, carcamping, cold, cooking, enthusiasm, Exploring, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, hot tent, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, scenery, scenic, teepee, tent, tentcamping, tipi, Up north, walks, water, waterfalls, winter, winter camping, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

While saying goodbye to 2017 and welcoming the new year, it was only proper that I mark the occasion by camping. I spent the last day of 2017 and the first day of 2018 in a chilly winter wonderland in Algonquin Park, with some of the awesome people I've met through a shared passion, a love and respect of the outdoors, that brings us all together. I arrived at Mew Lake early Saturday morning. It [...]

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+00:00December 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 [...]

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

By |2017-12-05T14:37:35+00:00December 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 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 [...]

November 2017

Fall Paddling Trip to Nunikani – Snorts, Surprises & Snow

By |2017-11-14T17:14:16+00:00November 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 [...]

March 2017

Fire and Ice – Skating at Arrowhead by torchlight

By |2017-03-21T17:10:53+00:00March 21st, 2017|Categories: Canada, cold, Exploring, ice, ice skates, ice skating, Ice trail, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, scenery, scenic, skating, skating trail, skating trails, Trails, Uncategorized, Up north, winter, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

About a month ago, my friends from Niagara came up for Galentines weekend. I took them to Arrowhead for a day of winter fun!  While we were there, I saw a sign with the dates for the remainder of the years Fire and Ice. The last date listed was Thursday, March 9th.... my birthday!  I knew right away that is what I wanted to do for my birthday this year! \ A few [...]

Hardwood Hills Ski Bike – Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing

By |2017-03-14T20:50:15+00:00March 14th, 2017|Categories: #snowshoe, #snowshoeing, Adventure, Canada, chalet, cold, creek, creeks, Cross country skiing, day trip, Exploring, girls, hardwood hills, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, inspiration, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, outdoors jen, scenery, scenic, ski resort, ski trail, skiing, snowshoe trails, Trails, Uncategorized, walking, walks, winter, winter Wonderland, women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year, I had driven to Arrowhead for a day to do some adventuring with my friend Cathy. It was a great day and while I was there I got to snowshoe, skate and cross country ski. I had never cross country skied and was grateful that Cathy was there with me as she'd done it before. We only skied for a few hours, if that, but I thought it was a fun winter activity [...]

Peck Lake w Jack & Paula- Hiking This Trail Since 1976!

By |2017-03-07T16:09:17+00:00March 7th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, cold, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, family day weekend, Fun, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, inspiration, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, scenic, snowshoe trails, Trails, Uncategorized, walking, winter, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On Family Day, I was lucky enough to be in Algonquin Park, and it was a gorgeous weekend! It was warm and sunny, but the park was also still full of beautiful white snow! I had just shown my hot tent at the Winter in the Wild festival and enjoyed meeting so many awesome people, but not I was ready for some time with nature.  Thankfully, I was able to share that time with two [...]

February 2017

1st Cold Camping Trip! – Solo Backcountry on St. Nora Lake

By |2017-02-14T15:16:15+00:00February 14th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, cold, cold camp, cold camping, Exploring, falls, frozen waterfalls, gloves, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, ice, icefalls, inspiration, learning, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, portage, portaging, pull in, sledding, solo trip, summer tent, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, toboggan, Uncategorized, walking, water, waterfalls, waterways, winter, winter camping, yolo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 It was Thanksgiving weekend, 2001 and I did a backcountry trip backpacking in to Bucholtz Lake on the Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail in Algonquin Park. I had a -5 sleeping bag and I remember I was laying there wearing all the clothes I had brought in,  including my jacket, in my sleeping bag and I was frozen solid.  All I wanted to do was be warm but there was no way I was walking  out [...]

January 2017

Scout Valley Loop Trail – Gorgeous Snowshoeing

By |2017-01-24T20:00:04+00:00January 24th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, alone, animals, Canada, cold, conservatationarea, Conservation areas, conservationarea, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, frozen waterfalls, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, inspiration, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, Ontario Trails, outdoor products, Outdoors, shoe, sleep, solo trip, sunrise, Uncategorized, walking, walks, water, winter, winter Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke up Saturday morning around 6am with nothing planned for the day.  I was just going to relax, catch up on blog posts and maybe watch a few movies.  Unfortunately, my brain was not in agreement of any of those things. It was supposed to be really cold out, about -30 with the windchill but sunny and I just had to get outside anyways! Since my last trip at the end of December, testing [...]

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