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More Knots, Fewer Devices

I was never in Boy Scouts, Pathfinders, or any other variant of a bushcraft/youth paramilitary organization. Ergo, I never learned knots.  I’m lucky to have lived through a decade of rock climbing. We engaged in such poor rope use while

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Backpacker: Top 10 Outdoor Apps

I appreciated the recent Backpacker run-down of “The 10 Best Apps For the Outdoors” (Ryan Wichelns, 11 May 2017). Some of them–like the SkyView–I’d heard of before, but others were new and engaging. I’ve wanted an app like Leafsnap or

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Paddling Pantheon

In the Pantheon of paddling greats, Michiganders have to know people like Verlen Kruger (more than 88,000 paddle miles; memorial) and Serge Corbin (18-time winner of the Au Sable River Marathon). As a side note, our family took 6 days to

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Vans and Homes and Kids

I’ve been watching videos about families living in vans. At this point, it seems that the films can be grouped into three categories: short-term, long-term, and this-was-not-my-plan. Because embedding videos slows down loading time for the blog, I’m going to

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Northwest Michigan Camping: Lake Michigan Focus

We have a friend coming this summer who wants to camp near Petoskey or Sleeping Bear Dunes. That got us hunting for a good campground. We really need to get Best Tent Camping: Michigan (2015). I decided to put a

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Van Life: Wood Burners & Showers

I’ve never lived out of a van. When I finished my undergrad studies, I sold everything big that I owned so I could fit in my little car (with a roof storage unit). I never lived out of it either,

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Southwest Michigan Camping: Lake Michigan Focus

The list below grows out of conversations with a few different friends who want to go camping this summer in southwest Michigan. They live in different locations, and they have different needs. One common interest: water. First, I list the

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