December 3, 2017

Our trip in 2018 will not be only in summer, with hot weather and bugs. With this in mind, we arranged with our friend Jon (of Borealis Bushcraft) to go out for another weekend of learning how to use what's around us for both necessities and comfort. 

On our last trip,...

August 29, 2017

We were cold, we were wet and huddled around the fire. When we weren't, we were hot and sweaty and jumping into the (poison-ivy bordered) river in an attempt to cool off. No one ever said back-country camping would be a comfortable thing, especially for beginners and t...

May 29, 2017

The Assiniboine River, despite its size, is a pretty easy paddle in late May (at least in the downriver direction). As our first Big River paddling excursion, Rylea and I took a rented canoe (a beautiful Nova Craft 16' Prospector from Wilderness Supply) and spent our S...

May 23, 2017

There are a few downsides to hammock camping in general that we have to address before we can be confident that they're the right choice for us.  1. Cold weather and staying warm.  2. What if there are no trees? 3. Gear storage.

May 10, 2017

As part of our preparation for our trip next year, we did some training on our recent overnight trip in the Experimental Lakes Area that really, really sucked. It's called cold water training and it's exactly what it sounds like. The idea was that immersing ourselves i...

April 21, 2017

We all plan on surviving this grand adventure of ours, so there are a few things we all agree we must do (a rarity some days, I promise you). High on that list is of course canoeing but many others all fall under the purview of general wilderness skills. We need to kno...

March 11, 2017

Half the fun of planning for a big expedition is researching and buying all the new gear specific to the trip. For a canoe trip that will be taking us 15% of the circumference of the earth, that means we need a mighty big boat.