A guide to outdoor adventure for those of us who aren’t NatGeo explorers

Not all of us are expert photojournalists or professional explorers, but most of us wish we were, at least some of the time.

For me, this feeling is most of the time. I spend my summers working as a guide but during the year I was a university student. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about dropping out of school, grabbing my paddle and never looking back.

I didn’t though. The professionals behind the photos in National Geographic have dedicated their entire lives to turning their passion into a career. They make sacrifices everyday: constantly being away from friends and family, the risks that come with exploration, and much more. It’s not a life for everyone, and that’s okay.

I am definitely passionate about outdoor adventure and exploration, but right not I have some other things on my to do list too (i.e building a career in renewable energy). So maybe some day I will make my living by canoeing new rivers or uncovering new routes, but for now I’m limited to the adventure I can create for myself in between.

I’m also not alone. Whatever your reason is for not dedicating your entire life to adventure, whether it’s family or a stable job or another passion, it’s important to make room for outdoor adventure when and where you can.

Some may call this a travel blog, but I say it’s a guide to helping ordinary people with a thirst for adventure find it in their lives.

So if you’re trying to get outside more or just interested in what exactly goes into a whitewater canoe trip or Arctic base camp, read on. Adventure and wilderness really are accessible to everyone, it just takes a little work to find it.

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Disposable photo from the Missinaibi River in 2017.

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