Social media is an incubator for trends, the latest of which being outdoor and adventure photography. Despite an infinite supply of outdoor landscapes available, certain locations come up more frequently than others. You’d be hard pressed to spend time on Instagram’s nature page without seeing a disproportionately high number of photos from locations such as … Continue reading Subsistence and survival: one photographer shows there’s more to Alaska than pretty landscapes
Written by: Mikaela Ferguson How do we judge whether or not we’ll “run” a rapid? There’s some terminology to know before diving into this post. Whitewater Terminology explains what I mean when I say thing like “holes”, “strainers” or “standing waves”. Rapid Classes explains the basic classification system for rapids based on difficulty. Please skim … Continue reading A beginner’s guide to scouting rapids
Written by: Mikaela Ferguson I've written about the importance of getting wilderness medicine training before, but committing to a course can be a bit daunting. What will it be like? What should you expect before, during and after? Today I'm going through my experience with Wilderness First Responder, a course I did in 2017 with the Canadian … Continue reading Wilderness First Responder: A glimpse into a backcountry medicine course in Costa Rica
Close your eyes and imagine Canada's great north, just bursting with unspoiled wilderness and untapped adventure. What do you see? The mountains and pine forests of the Yukon? Likely. Or maybe paddling along one of the powerful rivers of The Northwest Territories? Probably. But did an expanse of boundless tundra, no trees in sight, come to mind? How about sea kayaking between icebergs on the arctic ocean? Not as likely. That's because Canada's youngest territory, Nunavut, is a place seldom spoke of and even less often travelled.
Written by: Mikaela Ferguson In this post I'm going to walk you through how to prepare for a short flatwater canoe trip (1-4 nights) in a popular destination (like a nearby national park). Whether this is your first time planning a canoe trip or you're a regular looking for some tips, you've come to the … Continue reading A guide for those new to canoeing
Written by: Mikaela Ferguson Everyone loves to hate Ontario, or as it's often referred to, On-terrible. Whether it's our lack of mountains and coastal lifestyle, or how the entire province is equated with Toronto, it's not a great reputation. I have spent my much of life in Ontario though, and if you get out of … Continue reading Where to hike, camp and paddle in Central Ontario
One of the most important skills taught in wilderness medicine courses is how to determine if a situation requires a high-risk or low-risk evacuation. When an accident occurs, our first thought should be: Is an evacuation necessary? The question you're really asking yourself is "Can I fix this in the field?"
The post is the first of a series WildMed meant to show the value in getting wilderness medicine training if you are someone who spends time in the outdoors. Whether it's a weekend in a national park or a month of mountaineering, knowing what to do in an emergency is critical. Disclaimer: I am not … Continue reading Wilderness Medicine courses: are they worth it?