A few weeks ago, we asked you to tell us your favourite Canadian camping destinations, and the responses came flooding in. From the suggestions we received, here’s a list of 12 Canadian camping destinations to show you some of the amazing places our country has to offer, and maybe inspire you to find a new favourite this summer.
I’m a big fan of solar panels for recharging my e-toys in the backcountry. In theory, at least. In practice, for sea kayaking on the West Coast, they can sometimes be suboptimal. Enter a whole different charging device: the PowerPot. – Gear review by MEC staffer Philip Torrens
As a Wet Coast paddler, I’ve developed a serious fixation with tarps and tarp rigging. Here’s my take on tarps in general and the MEC Silicone Guides Tarp in particular. – Post by MEC staffer Philip Torrens Read more…
Ever been on a dayhike so perfect you didn’t want it to end? When you have the right backpack to carry your food and shelter, you can stay out overnight instead of heading back to the trailhead early. Here are four things to think about to pick a backpack for hiking overnight and beyond:
Snow midway up our minivan’s tires was not how I expected our summer weekend to start. But we were determined to find the quintessential summer camping experience and no amount of getting lost, getting stuck, or being cold was going to stop us. – Story by MEC staffer Jess
On a recent hike to BC’s Flathead Valley a group of teens and I saw the raw power of nature in action. Our trip was part of Wildsight’s Go Wild! Program, which aims to connect teens to wilderness areas and to get them to understand conservation issues. The MEC/ACMG Adventure Access Program helps makes this program possible. – Story by Jenny Meens
Even on quick hikes, daypacks keep things more comfortable and safer by letting you bring extra clothes, food and essentials. But they come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes. Here’s what to look for to pick a pack right for your needs.
Leave No Trace Master Educator Shawn Campbell has spent hundreds of days and nights in the field. Part of enjoying the backcountry is learning to dispose of waste – all kinds of waste – properly. Shawn offers up some valuable tips and tricks on how to s#&t in the woods, the Leave No Trace way.
For spring 2014, our design team took a step back from MEC’s traditional hiking collection, and asked if it was possible to do something different. Something that looked, fit, and moved differently, but didn’t sacrifice any of the performance or function that members expect of their MEC gear.Read more…