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Month: September 2014

The Stagger Inn: Portrait Of A Wilderness Cabin

The Stagger Inn: Portrait Of A Wilderness Cabin

Wilderness cabins, huts, hytte, cottages, bothies – whatever your name for these footholds in the wilds – are intriguing places. They tell you something of their owners and users. They can also inform you about the environment in which they are placed. In the north woods, a well outfitted cabin indicates how cold it gets in winter and what skills are important for survival there. We came across one such cabin on the Bloodvein River. It was called the Stagger…

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Bloodvein River Trip – My Personal Gear

Bloodvein River Trip – My Personal Gear

People are always interested in other people’s gear. It’s certainly an area I’m asked a lot of questions about. As I get older, I’m less and less interested in outdoor clothing and equipment for any reason other than function and reliability. That said, I understand it can be instructive to compare and contrast with the experience of others. Also, I hate having too much clobber with me on journeys. In this respect my decisions always come back to function. Simple…

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Six Men, Three Boats and The Bloodvein: Canoeing A Wilderness River

Six Men, Three Boats and The Bloodvein: Canoeing A Wilderness River

Rory, our pilot – about one third the age of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver he was flying – took the plane into a banked turn as we descended towards Artery Lake. About 31 minutes earlier we had taken off from Red Lake. Malcolm was the other passenger. Just behind him, to the rear of the small fuselage, was our personal kit, a barrel of food and some canoe paddles. Outside, strapped to the port float struts was a 16ft…

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