Wilderness Skills

What Causes River to Meander?

A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but rivers seem to do everything they can to avoid flowing by the most

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The Open Canoe Roll

Rolling practice… It’s been 20 years since I last rolled a small whitewater canoe equipped with a saddle, thigh straps, and airbags, so I headed

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Intuitive Navigation, Or Why You Shouldn’t Rely On Your GPS in the Wilderness

I recently spoke with explorer and author Adam Shoalts about the role intuitive navigation plays in the wilderness. Here’s the video of that conversation, and

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Why You Should ALWAYS Tie Up Your Canoe

Lessons repeat themselves until learned… The first time I had a boat float away on me was on the Missinaibi River in Ontario. I had

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Wilderness Knots: The Two Simplest Ways to Tie a Clove Hitch

The clove hitch is an important knot commonly used way to fasten a rope to an object. It’s quick knot to tie and is easily

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Wilderness Knots: How to Tie the Basic Bowline

The bowline is one of the most essential knots for camping, canoeing, kayaking, and living in the wilderness. I think the ‘rabbit and tree’ method

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