Highland Backpacking Trail map available for purchase at Algonquin Park

Highland Backpacking Trail

Here are a few shots from my 3-day backpacking trip in Algonquin Park on the Highland Backpacking Trail. I took...

search and rescue

Search and Rescue

We spent most of a Thursday reviewing map and compass skills as well as discussing in big broad strokes the...

maps compasses and gps

Maps, Compasses, and GPS

I used to hang the map inserts from our National Geographic subscription for decoration on my walls.  I’ve received 2...

Rock Wall, Challenge and High Ropes Courses

I stepped gingerly into two circles of black nylon webbing, cinched them around my quads and double-backed their tails through...

River Touring: Sea Kayaking

Day One: Thursday started off chilly, close to the freezing mark but with warmer temperatures on the way.  We sat...

River Touring: Whitewater Rafting

For our third week of skills, we learned how to guide a whitewater raft down Class I rapids.  This was...

Reflections from the Canadian Shield

Reflections from the Canadian Shield

…I’m an American on the Canadian Shield And I’m putting down roots in your frozen fields… Sam Roberts Band’s An...

Swiftwater Rescue

Swiftwater Rescue

Skills days at Wilderness Tours (WT) happen on Thursdays and Fridays in the first term.  Otherwise I sit in academic...

Fall Camp

Contrary to popular belief, summer does not end with the Labo(u)r Day weekend.  I re-discovered this the hard way, sweating...

Career Changes

Twenty-eight months ago I had a vague feeling that I needed to be working at something other than finance in...