Why Do I Need Hiking Crampons?

Icy Trail

What are Hiking Crampons? Hiking crampons are designed to add traction to hiking boots. Unlike mountaineering crampons, they are flexible to permit long distance walking. Strictly speaking, in the mountaineering world, hiking crampons don’t exist but rather they are called “traction devices”. But for the rest of us we call…

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Why Do I Need Trekking or Hiking Poles?

hiker with trekking poles

In some circles, trekking poles are considered “Nerdy”. The fact is that they can help make your hiking or backpacking safer and easier on your body. Why You Need Trekking Poles More stability on ice, snow, mud, wet leaves, loose sand gravel, scree. Added power going uphill. Safer when descending…

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Dubside Coming to Qajaq TC!

World renowned Greenland paddler Dubside is coming to Qajaq TC in 2017. Also known as the Michigan Training Camp, Qajaq TC is a small traditional or Greenland kayaking symposioum. Dubside is well known for his rolling abilities as well his Greenland ropes skills. Dubside is flat out amazing and anything…

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Why I Wear Altra Shoes

One evening after an easy three-mile walk, I began to limp. My left foot had developed a pain on the outside edge near the base of the little toe. This pain came out of nowhere. I was perplexed as I hadn’t done anything noticeable. I typically went for a three…

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Hey, I DO Eat This At Home!

Chef Michael Gray

When it comes to backcountry cooking and eating well, Michael Gray is the acknowledged expert chef. Dubbed the Eric Clapton of backcountry cooking, Michael is the owner and chief guide at Uncommon Adventures and author of Hey, I’d Eat This At Home!  While most people who venture into the backcountry for a camping…

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NRS Freestyle Wetshoe Review

NRS Freestyle wetshoe side view

My Valley Nordkapp RM has little spare room for big feet. In the summer, this hasn’t been too much of a problem but during dry suit season, finding footwear that can accommodate the extra bulk of socks and the dry suit is a challenge. My solution is the NRS Freestyle…

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The Famous Blue IKEA Bag

Stuff. Lots of stuff. Kayaking involves plenty of stuff. Carrying all this stuff from your car to your kayak and vice versa can be a logistical juggling act that even Tenzing Norgay would subcontract out. Since Sherpas and kayaking don’t really go together let us consider something a bit more…

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