October 16, 2019
I'd intended to be lazy, once I arrived in Landmannalaugar at the top end of Iceland's famous 57km Laugavegur trail.
I'd completed the trail--and the 25km Fimmvörðuháls hike just to the south--over three days, the last two of them solo, and as I waited for my friends to...
October 1, 2019
"I'm made for this," I thought, as I descended the last leg of Iceland's famous Laugavegur trail, picking my way across a barren plain of volcanic rock and down into swirling mists and sulphurous plumes toward the trail's end at Landmannalaugar.
"There's nowhere else I...
September 21, 2019
"I would kill a man for an orange," I thought, as I sat shovelling yet more trail mix into my mouth amid freezing rain and sulphurous mist, somewhere in the volcanic wasteland.
Back home, fresh fruits and veggies are a staple of my diet, but since I'd arrived in Iceland...
September 10, 2019
My flight from Vancouver to Reykjavik was an overnight job, roughly seven hours from gate to gate.
I'd intended to sleep the whole way, but I got sidetracked instead watching the documentary FREE SOLO, about a man named Alex Honnold who sets out to climb Yosemite's 3300...
January 5, 2019
At this time last year, Lucy and I were driving across the snowbound prairies toward Brandon, Manitoba.
We had a date with a donkey in Duluth a few days hence, and a week or so later, we'd arrive at my parents' homestead in Prince Edward Island, a few thousand miles dis...
December 26, 2018
It probably won't surprise you to hear that one of my favourite Christmas traditions involves a train.
Christmas is a special time for me and my family. My brothers live in Toronto and my parents have generally divided their time between Ontario and Prince Edward Island...
October 2, 2018
Check out the previous post in this series here.
I think one of the things that really appeals to me about adventuring in the wilderness is that you generally always have a pretty clear idea of what you have to do next.
Paddle. Hike. Hump gear two kilometres to the next...
September 16, 2018
Check out the first post in this series here.
I'm invariably the first person in my tent at night on any camping trip.
It doesn't matter where we are, or whether we're hiking, portaging or car camping; I just really, really like being cozy in my tent at the end of a lo...
September 7, 2018
"Oh, shit. Shit. It's not us, is it?"
I woke up to flashing blue and reds through the windshield of my friend Jason's truck.
We were on the highway in the middle of nowhere, Ontario, and a provincial police officer had just lit us up as we and some hapl...
July 29, 2018
I'm intending for #GetOutside to be a recurring series of posts about my ventures into the wilderness. Sloquet Hot Springs, near Pemberton, BC, is this week's instalment.
The hot springs at Sloquet are simply marvellous. They're also very remote; about five hours' drive...
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