Review: SPOT Gen3 – Satellite GPS Messenger

It is easy to understand the importance of SPOT Gen3 for outdoor people, whether professionals or amateurs, but even more so for companies that have their operation in the vast ...

Camp 2 at 5400m in the icefall of Anidesha Chuli. Photo by John Price.

Expedition Climbing and Facing Failure: Is the Journey Really Enough?

John Price reflects on failure and losing his identity as a climber after turning back from an attempt to reach the summit of the unclimbed Anidesha Chuli (6900m). Featuring Price's ...

Tofino - Photo courtesy of Tourism Tofino

5 Adventure Destinations You Should Add to Your List

The Calgary Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show is Alberta's largest show of its kind. Activity providers, tourism operators, and gear companies gather each year to bring the best in outdoor, ...

Latest Book and Gear Reviews

Rongbuk 28 from Granite Gear

Review: Granite Gear Rongbuk 28

I'll admit my gear closet is full of little backpacks, all under ...
The Vast Unknown by Broughton Coburn

Review – The Vast Unknown: America’s First Ascent of Everest, by Broughton Coburn

I'll admit that when I first picked up this book, I wondered, ...
Training for the New Alpinism – A Manual for the Climber as an Athlete

Review and Giveaway: Training for the New Alpinism – A Manual for the Climber as Athlete

I wish a book like Training for the New Alpinism was written ...

Review and Giveaway: LifeStraw

The Campsite reviewer, John Reid, once skipped the filtering process and drank ...
Chasing Shackleton

Review: Chasing Shackleton by Tim Jarvis

When Chasing Shackleton arrived in the mail, I was surprised by the ...
RAVPower RP-PB07 Element 10400mAh External Battery (Black)

Review: RAVPower Element 10400mAh External Battery

As much as I like to disconnect from technology when I head ...

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National Geographic: Are You The Next Explorer?

National Geographic has launched a new campaign called “Expedition Granted” to find the next generation of explorers and to grant one person’s dream expedition for $50,000.

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Clif Bar Challenges You to Meet the Moment and Help Non-Profit Organizations

From now until December, 2014, Clif Bar will give $1 to an environmental non-profit organization (up to $100,000) for each picture capturing a moment of outdoor adventure and posted online using the hashtag #MeetTheMoment.

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Athabasca, Canadian Rockies

Reinhold Messner: Climbing is Praying

I have been involved in sports my whole life, but when climbing found me in my early 2000s, its impact in my life was profound and is lasting much longer than anything else.

For a long time it was difficult to explain. Then after reading many books about climbing, spending uncountable days and nights discussing the matter, and many, many days in the mountains experiencing it I found this quote by Reinhold Messner, and it explains why climbing has made such an impact on me.

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Mountain House Just In Case Breakfast Assortment

Review and Giveaway: Mountain House Just in Case Breakfast Assortment Bucket

“Made with real meat!” Okay, that label is not necessarily going to sell me. Not a vegetarian, but a veggie/grain lover, I wasn’t sure what to make of the bucket of freeze-dried Mountain House breakfasts sitting on my desk.

Reviewer Megan Kopp puts the Mountain House “Just in Case Breakfast Assortment” to the test.

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Spot Global Phone inside the Pelican 1030 Micro Case

Review: SPOT Global Phone – An Impressive Little Satellite Phone

It is easy to imagine the target market for this phone: all of us adventurers, whether amateurs or professionals, reaching places where cell coverage is non-existent. So I got my partner Nick Sharpe, a mountain guide, to test the SPOT Global Phone during two trips to the Wapta Icefield, in Banff National Park.

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Conrad Kain on gendarme of Mount Resplendent, Robson ACC Camp. 1913. Byron Harmon photo V263 / 950. Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Conrad Kain: A Pioneer in the Canadian Rockies

Conrad Kain was born in Austria and moved to Canada in 1909, when he was 25 years old, to be the first professional mountain guide of the Alpine Club of Canada. Over the next 25 years he garnered an impressive list of more than 60 first ascents and new routes in the Canadian Rockies and Purcell Mountains.

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Our Top 3 Gear Picks from the Calgary Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

When I attended the Calgary Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show *, I was on the lookout for new products or ideas I wanted to share with The Campsite community. I came home with great suggestions for new adventurous destinations I wanted to visit, as well as products and companies that caught my eye.

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