Tim Friesen planting ice picks and crampons into the exit bulge of the Andromeda Strain—ice that had never been touched by man. Canadian Rockies. Photo: David Cheesmond

Review – The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains, by Barry Blanchard

Few climbers' memoirs have been as highly anticipated as The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains, by Barry Blanchard. This fact is a testament to Blanchard's reputation, his impressive climbing ...

Photo film DamNation © Ben Knight

Yvon Chouinard to Present ‘DamNation’ at 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival

Climbing pioneer, Patagonia founder and producer, Yvon Chouinard, and the filmmakers of Felt Soul Media will be presenting the film DamNation at this year's Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival ...

The TrekSta Women's Alta GTX at the top of Tunnel Mountain in Banff. Photo Meghan J. Ward.

Review: TrekSta Women’s Alta GTX

I met a rep from ROI Recreation Outfitters at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival last year, and he gave me a pair of TrekSta hiking boots to try. I had ...

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Lightning 2 UltraLight Sierra Designs Tent

Review: Kelty PDA Sleeping Pad and Lightning 2 UL Sierra Designs Tent

We got to test two interesting products for backpacking: a sleeping pad ...

Review: Solar Powered Lights – SunBell and Little Sun

SunBell and the Little Sun are creative, versatile and attractively designed solar ...

Finding the Right Footwear: Stability and Comfort Equals Performance

When we were invited to be part of ShoeMe.ca blog ambassador program, ...
Nemo Tango Duo 30-Degree

Review: Nemo Tango Duo 30-Degree Sleeping Bag and Cosmo Slipcover

How to cuddle in the backcountry when inside a tent? Nemo Equipments ...
Dr Mercola's Bug Spray

Review and Giveaway: Dr. Mercola’s Bug Spray

I can’t stand using DEET on myself, but the alternative usually seems ...
Rongbuk 28 from Granite Gear

Review: Granite Gear Rongbuk 28

I'll admit my gear closet is full of little backpacks, all under ...

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3 Tips for Beginner Backpackers

New backpackers are often excited about jumping into a multi-day trip without the proper planning and preparation. While the sense of adventure can be exciting, taking a trip with little or no planning can create complications. And for those with little or no experience that can mean real trouble. Thankfully, with a little foresight and preparation, new backpackers can manage stress levels, build confidence, and enjoy their trips into the outdoors. Here are a few tips to do just that:

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Father Nature Outdoors

Father Nature Outdoors: A Three-Season Integrated Camping Blanket

Chris DeVore founded Father Nature Outdoors when he was at the University of Maryland, three years ago. His main project is an Integrated Camping Blanket that is now on Kickstarter pledging $12,000 to be funded. Read more about this interesting initiative.

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Helena Artmann on CTV.

Our 5 One-Pot Camping Dinner Recipes Featured on CTV Morning Live!

CTV Calgary Morning Live host, Kathe Le, invited The Campsite’s Editorial Assistant, Helena Artmann, to talk about our 5 One Pot Dinner Camping Recipes on Monday, August 18th. Watch her cook out stir-fry recipe live and talk about how to best prepare your ingredients for camping.

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Giveaway: BearCozy

Bear spray can save your life but there is no point in having a bear spray canister inside a pack or distant enough to take a few minutes to retrieve. BearCozy is designed to make your bear spray accessible within seconds: it is a holster for your 225g bear spray can and it fits perfectly into the water bottle carrier on your bike.

We’re giving one away here on The Campsite!

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Vote for Your Favorite Hiking and Outdoors Travel Blogger

From now until September 1st you can vote (everyday!) for The Campsite’s Meghan Ward for Best Hiking and Outdoors Travel Blogger chosen by readers of USA Today and 10Best.

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Audrey Duval

My New Summer Passion: Mountain Biking

It is easy to be sucked into a plethora of outdoor activities in Canmore, Alberta, as any habitant of this small town seems to be very active outdoors. But, isn’t it the reason I chose this place to live?

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Backcountry Food Masters: Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

Food planning for long expeditions and backpacking trips can be very complex. Special considerations need to be made and often people pack too much food or, even worse, too little. Many neglect the biggest backcountry secret of all: dehydrated meals. They weigh very little, pack a nutritional punch, and last days or weeks without needing to be refrigerated.

Perhaps you can handle the food planning details on your own. But for your next trip in the Canadian Rockies, whether it’s 3 days or two weeks, you can contact Yamnuska Mountain Adventures and let their Backcountry Food division take care of it.

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