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Hiking Guatemalan Style: A Culture from the Inside Out
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Overview When asked to name my favourite hike, my standard response is: “The one I’m currently hiking.” Hardly original, but safe—and usually true. That being said, the hikes I find most memorable are those that test me to the point … Read More

An Explorer is Born
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Alone Against the North Adam Shoalts Penguin Random House Canada, 2015, 296 pages   My first impression of Adam Shoalts, author of Alone Against the North, was that he was a wacko—crazier than the Crazy Canucks. Who else would seek … Read More

How to Acquire More of Less
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On Trails: An Exploration reminds me of a path that passes through deep, luscious forests only to pop out onto rich open farm fields after somewhat grudgingly following sidewalks within towns and villages. Along the way, it struggles across stretches … Read More

Alone in the Wilderness
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I slept alone in a tent on my own little island in the middle of the French River on Thursday night. The thought of there being nothing more than a thin sheet of nylon between me, and the bears and … Read More

Weekending in Caledon: Hamptons of the North?
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A 2014 Toronto Life article compared Caledon to the Hamptons, that collection of tony mansions on Long Island’s east end. “Like the Hamptons,” the author wrote, “Caledon is not so much a town as an evocation of a fantasy – … Read More

Hiking Mexico-style: A little bit of everything
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From elegant outhouses to zip lines, frocks to ice cream, and hovels to mansions, a day hike in Mexico plays on all of your senses and then some. Without knowing what to expect, we headed out under sparkling skies and … Read More