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Family Camping: Baby Bushcraft Skills

Family Camping: Baby Bushcraft Skills

1. TRAVEL LIKE BIGFOOT When you travel in the backcountry, you’re a visitor. Just like when you
visit a friend’s house, you don’t throw your…

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Artists Gone Wild: Chris Pearson

Artists Gone Wild: Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson’s love for canoes began as an eighth-grade boy on a church camp canoe trip. It’s never waned. A 16- foot Kevlar Mad River…

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Artists Gone Wild: Rob Mullen

Artists Gone Wild: Rob Mullen

When Rob Mullen flies into Minakokosa Lake late this summer, about 10 miles north of the Kobuk River in northwest Alaska, he’ll have his painting…

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Betcha Didn't Know About...Poison Ivy

Betcha Didn't Know About...Poison Ivy

Urushiol oil is the active ingredient in poison ivy and causes an itchy, blistery rash in 85 percent of people. You get the rash either…

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The Man Behind the Sawhorses

The Man Behind the Sawhorses

Down a dusty country road, on a rolling hill overlooking the Otonabee River, sits the Bear Mountain Boats workshop, the workplace and home of Ted…

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Butt End: Real Life Ghost Story

Butt End: Real Life Ghost Story

Being afraid of heights or terrified of circus clowns is one thing, but being afraid of sleeping in the woods is another. That’s more serious.…

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Frozen: Portage Across Ice

Frozen: Portage Across Ice

We were three weeks into an eight-week trip on Nunavut’s Back River when we hit the ice. As far as we could see, Lower Garry…

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Basecamp: Wednesday Night Adventure Club

Basecamp: Wednesday Night Adventure Club

Children today have more structured time than any generation before them. This spring at my house, for example, Monday was baseball practice, Tuesday and Wednesday…

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Tumpline: Canada's Birthday Gift

Tumpline: Canada's Birthday Gift

If America was transformed by a domesticated animal—the horse—then Canada’s own coming to be was most certainly aided and abetted by a single species of…

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Seven Reasons Why Paddling Makes You a Better Person

Seven Reasons Why Paddling Makes You a Better Person

You’ll be happier Spending time in nature makes us feel more alive—and that’s a good thing. Numerous studies have linked exposure to nature with increased…

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The First-Timer's Canoe Expedition

The First-Timer's Canoe Expedition

Canoe trip pickings have been thin for me recently. By thin I don’t mean I have trouble dreaming up new trips—my problem is that my…

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Photo: Paul Mason

Butt End: The Agony and the Ecstasy

The music died for Don McLean in 1959 when rock legend, Buddy Holly, died in a plane crash. The day the music died for me…

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The Fight to Save the Boundary Waters

The Fight to Save the Boundary Waters

A mere glimpse of a map of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters and Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park is enough to set the imaginations of Dave and Amy Freeman…

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