Backyard cedar strip canoe: Part 1, Introduction

Canoecraft cover

So, I’ve done it! [The Story so far] This is the first in a series of posts about building a backyard cedar strip canoe. Follow along as I research, cost, plan, schedule, and possibly fumble my way through an urban build of one of the most loved forms of backcountry transportation.  Well, to clarify, I haven’t done a…

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“Father Nature Outdoors” — Integrated Camping Blanket

FNO closeup

Most successful bushcraft is about creative problem solving and sharing of knowledge, resources, and support. I owe a lot of my current level of experience to the generosity of others, and I’d like to encourage everybody to think about how important that is. I love the outdoors. I love the simplicity, and the isolation, and,…

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New Nomad products on the way


Looking forward to a couple of new products from Nomad, who have made some innovative on-the-go charging connectors. They have a decidedly more urban focus, as you can see by their recently-announced NomadPlus battery add-on for the Apple wall lump, but the portable power option is definitely useful to many travellers. The NomadClip is something to…

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Gear Review — Mosquitno Bands and Spotz

Mosquitno Products in packages

Happy (soon-to-come) Canada Day/Fourth of July/First week of summer! Spring is officially done, and for many people that means that summer fun can begin in earnest. More active, outdoor lifestyles means more weekends at the local park, at the cottage, biking, hiking, and, of course, camping — all of which mean mosquitos. In the buggy…

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Interview: Ryan Frayne from Windcatcher Gear

Windcatcher Air Pad

  A Conversation in the Woods I recently caught up with Ryan Frayne, Co-Founder of Windcatcher gear, and inventor of their flagship product, the Windcatcher Air Pad. He was nice enough to answer some questions for your reading pleasure. AWitW: Thank you for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell the readers…

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Gear Review: Ribz Front Pack — Land


It was 28°C (83°F), and the humidity was up. My back had been a little bit off of true for the last year (sneeze-and-your-knees-might-give-out sort of pain), and while I had been looking forward to a nice wilderness hike, I dreaded the consequences should my health and fitness not meet my needs on the trail….

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Mountain Equipment Co-Op and the Merlin DF Sleeping Bag

Merlin Sleeping Bag

  Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) — one of my favourite outdoor stores — is selling a sleeping bag on clearance, and it’s a good opportunity to tell you about both the product and the store. They’re selling this bag as a “Second-quality” product, and the reality is anything but. The original designation listed this as…

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