November 2018

Hot Tent Stand – How to Erect a Hot Tent Without Staking it Into the Ground

By |2018-11-13T17:06:58+00:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, Canada, DIY, education, homemade, hot tent, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, tent, winter, winter camping, winter camping tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year I built my second hot tent.  This one specifically to take into the backcountry. The first, the tipi was made to do so as well but after a trip with my friend Ashley from Young Outdoors, I realized that was never going to happen, well, not solo at least. The tipi and stove weighed in at just over 100lbs without any gear!  Split between 2 people it was okay, but solo, was something [...]

June 2018

Dehydrating Fun – Prepping for Tripping

By |2018-06-19T17:14:20+00:00June 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 those foil bags like there is now. I mean, it existed but it was a lot more processed and not quite a delicious and good as the stuff they make is now. In 2002, I [...]

May 2018

Making Maple Candy – Eventually

By |2018-05-31T09:50:52+00:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, cooking, DIY, edibles, education, Exploring, homemade, ice, inspiration, learning, maple, maple sap, maple syrup, maple trees, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, outdoorproducts, recipes, teach, teaching, Uncategorized, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I finally finished making my maple syrup I was incredibly proud. I was also really happy, that it was over.  It was a very very long process as far as the boiling went and I know that was due to my inadequate heat source but it didn't make it any less long. I was about to close the book/blog/video on the whole maple syrup series, until a friend, Terry Thomas commented on my facebook [...]

April 2018

Making Maple Syrup for Dummies – From Sap to Syrup – Part 2

By |2018-05-31T09:56:02+00:00April 24th, 2018|Categories: Canada, DIY, edibles, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, food, homemade, inspiration, maple, maple sap, maple syrup, maple trees, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, teach, teaching, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This post is Part 2 of Making Maple Syrup, to see Part 1, click here.   After 13 days of collecting sap, I was ready to try and turn it into maple syrup.  Please see Part 1 for the collecting maple sap blog post. I had a few buckets that were still frozen solid or had a big chunk of ice in them, so I got out the big pot, filtered the sap that was in [...]

Making Maple Syrup For Dummies, Like Me – Part 1

By |2018-05-31T09:57:51+00:00April 17th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Canada, cooking, DIY, edibles, education, Exploring, homemade, ice, inspiration, learning, maple, maple sap, maple syrup, maple trees, Muskoka, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, recipes, teach, teaching, Up north|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have always been curious about how maple syrup is made.  Every year around this time, my boss says, you should make maple syrup and blog about it, but I have always been too busy out on trips and hikes and exploring to give it a go. I guess I should therefore thank my concussion for this years test run.  I have been unfortunately spending a lot of time at home and as the trees [...]

January 2018

Hot Tent Reno’s -Stabilization of the Painters Pole

By |2018-01-30T17:01:44+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, camping, camping tips, Canada, DIY, education, enthusiasm, Exploring, homemade, hot tent, Muskoka, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, renovation, renovations, revision, Uncategorized, winter, winter camping, winter camping tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After my last backcountry trip, I had a major issue that I needed to deal with before my next trip.  The issue was being caused by  my painters pole.  It was quite a nifty thing and I really liked the idea of it, but in reality, my friend Tierney was right.  It was unstable and you didn't know if it would just suddenly collapse.  She was bang on on that. On my trip backcountry camping [...]

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 [...]

February 2017

1st Winter Backcountry Trip … With the Revised Tipi!

By |2017-02-07T17:52:27+00:00February 7th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, backcountry, backcountry camping, Bear vault, Campers, camping, campsite, Canada, cooking, DIY, Exploring, food, Fun, glamping, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, homemade, hot tent, Mew Lake, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, Privy, teepee, tent, tipi, toboggan, tracks, Trails, Uncategorized, winter, winter camping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has taken me over a year to get to this point, but I finally made it and I am proud!  I completed my first winter backcountry trip with the tipi and it was a great adventure!   I learned so many things and experienced a bunch of firsts, some thanks to my new friend Ashley from Young Outdoors. Ashley and I met through social media quite some time ago and after many months of [...]

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