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Me Testing Out The Frigid Waters In The Sea Of Okhotsk

What to Pack for Japan in Winter

I made a winter trip to Hokkaido - Japan's most northerly main island. Before I left I was warned by the group that invited me to be prepared for chilly temperatures. They obviously don't live in Calgary where chilly takes on quite a different meaning. Still I needed to put some thought into what to pack for Japan. Hokkaido, which is at the same latitude as Toronto, is famous for its spectacular mountain scenery, volcanoes,…

The Platforms At Chileno Campground

What to Pack & How to Prepare for a Trek in Patagonia

I went with my husband and friends to trek in Patagonia - with the goal to hike both the "O" Circuit in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and to do a few day hikes in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. I spent in excess of 30 hours researching, planning and preparing for this trek in Patagonia. From experience, here's what to pack and how to prepare for a trek in Patagonia. This post…

What To Wear On An Extended Trek In The Mountains

Backpacking Essentials for an Extended Trek in the Mountains

Here's what you need to pack for a two to three week mountain trek where you'll be at altitude. This is what I took for a three week mountain trek in the Zanskar region of the Indian Himalayas. Temperatures ranged from 20 - 25°C during the day and got to -10°C at night. There were multiple stream and river crossings, plenty of dust and numerous high altitude passes to deal with.  A lot of thought…

Biking Le Petit Train Du Nord

What to Pack on a Multi-Day Cycling Trip

If you're heading out self -supported on a multi-day cycling trip then you need to consider a few things. Are you planning to camp or stay in B&B's and hotels? How much weight do you want to carry? This packing list for a multi-day cycling trip is geared towards people who don't want to carry a lot and who are staying in accommodation other than tents. Adding camping equipment and a tent/sleeping bag likely means…

Our Tent Looked Out At This View In The Rock Gardens Area

Packing List for a Remote Two Week Backpacking Trip

I visited Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island's Cumberland Peninsula at the end of June one year. Auyuittuq is an Inuktitut word meaning land that never melts.  Normally I don't do adventure tours anymore figuring I have enough experience to do it on my own. But when a trip is remote and logistics are tough I am happy to leave the planning - especially meal planning to an outfit. But still packing was an issue.…

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