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Butt End: Carry On Glamping

  Imagine waking up to the smell of a cinnamon-spiced double latte, rolling over in your silk-lined sleeping bag and browsing through the latest issue of The…

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Butt End: The Masochist's Guide to Portaging

A truly laborious portage isn’t characterized by steepness of grade or total length. It’s what blocks your way that defines how punishing it will be.…

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Butt End: Lost and Found

I like to keep a relaxed pace when I trip, but that afternoon we couldn't get our dawdling daughter through the portage quickly enough. The…

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Video: Around Killarney with Kevin Callan

Here's Kevin's first in a series of videos on his family canoe trip around Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. The trip started at the…

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Kevin Callan Ice Bucket Challenge

The Happy Camper was challenged by Chris Johnson and Alan Drummond for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He took the challenge - and wish he…

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Call of the Wireless

 This article by Kevin Callan about camping and wilderness WiFi was first published in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Canoeroots magazine.    Should campers be…

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Video: Kevin Callan's Wilderness Values

Kevin Callan takes out a birchbark canoe with friend Tim Foley from the Canadian Outdoor Equipment store and explores today's wilderness values. The traditional canoe…

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Canoeing's Greatest Misadventures

Splattered Sputnik Arctic ecologist Christopher Norment and five partners expected to leave behind the more alienating aspects of modern technology when they set out in…

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Skills: The Art of Portaging

Portaging hurts. Whether your are hopping from one lake to another or avoiding a set of nasty rapids, each trail has some potentially painful characteristic:…

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Foolishly Asked Questions

Canoe outfitters have to be a truly patient, knowledgeable and sometime even psychic bunch to answer their clients' quirky questions. Here of some of the…

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Butt End: Youth at Risk

I think the high school administrator thought I would give up on taking the group of troubled kids out into the wild after I was…

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Butt End: Wild Child

Getting in touch with the wilderness has never been more important—and harder—than in our ultra-connected world. Kevin Callan discusses how to stay untamed in the…

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Video: How To Hang a Bear Bag

Learn how to keep your food away from hungry critters with these tips and how-to video from Happy Camper, Kevin Callan. 

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Butt End: Sympathy for the Devil

My father always told me never to judge a book by its cover. Well, that’s not exactly what he said. My dad was a professional…

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Butt End: Cheaters Prosper

 It wasn’t for the faint of heart. I sent my paddling mate, Andy, details about the trip I had planned—a 350-kilometer loop around Algonquin Park labeled the Meanest…

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