Gear

Wow! Have things ever changed for keeping your gadgets charged out there on a canoe trip. It wasn't that…

Ever tried to really get a steady view through binoculars while on the water? Even on a calm surface,…

The day one of the young male campers in our group wacked his groin with a hatchet was the day I decided…

Back in 1955, a building inspector named Fred Morrison sold the rights to a flying disc toy to…

It seems the older the camper becomes the lighter they want their pack. Problem is, with age also comes…

Mark Twain once described the Mississippi River as being "too thick to swim it and too thin to plow!"…

You'd think choosing a canoe pack, since it's only generally used for carrying a large volume of gear…

The pack barrel's story goes back to the mid-1980s when a group of canoe guides from Ottawa, including…

By Tom Watson I contend, and will steadfastly debate, that the knife is the second most vital tool…

I just couldn't resist having just one more trip before the season ended and the lakes froze. So, on the…

Whether you are a seasoned summer canoe/kayak camper or a novice, weekend warrior, you may be ready to…

The Versatile Wine Box Liner Bag  Remember the old wine boxes that came with the silver…

There's really no reason you can't go paddling in the off-season, whether it's just before freeze up or…

In 1971, I outfitted and guided three wealthy Chicago men--the least affluent of which earned a quarter…

Necessity being the Mother of Invention and all that, over the years I have had plenty of opportunity to…

Some years ago, I was privileged to join a canoe trip that was sponsored by Bell Canoe (now, Northstar…

Kayak camping is not all that different than backpacking - if anything it is easier as you don't have to…

At some point early in our paddling lives, perhaps when we find ourselves approaching the end of a long…

From the Everglades in Florida to the Puget Sound in Washington, sea kayaking is a popular and…

Securing one's food from the critters of nature can be nothing more than putting the peanut butter back…

Without glasses, my entire mid to long-distance view is fuzzier than green bologna in the back of the…

In Kurasawa’s classic film Dersu Usala, the two principle characters, Usala, the Mongolian guide…

For those of us up in the 'north country' where you trade your paddle for a set of ski poles, I…

It was a sad day when our local Scout leader plugged the "campfire" bulb into the socket of the church…