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  1. Northern Dancer

    GENERAL CARE OF TENTS^^^

    CAMPING LIFE with Northern Dancer The fall is now with us and very soon the winter will entertain us with snow, sleet, wind, and ice. But no matter the season or what part of the forest you live in it is always important to take care of your tent. GENERAL CARE OF TENTS Use a "foot", or as...
  2. Northern Dancer

    What Bush Craft Means to Me

    ✔ Bushcraft is the use and practice of skills, acquiring and developing knowledge and understanding, in order to survive and thrive in a natural environment. Bushcraft skills, therefore, provide for the basic physiological necessities for human life: food, water sourcing and purification...
  3. Northern Dancer

    Boys grow up & Men get old.

    Boys grow up and Men get old. After eleven years it was time for me to move to the front and let Malcolm take over. And that's okay with me - he earned his paddle.
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    I use to sleep on the ground

    There was a time I slept on the ground with a cheap sleeping bag. Do you remember those days? This year my sleep system for canoe trips [the whole nine yards, as they say] looks like this. Cot, mattress, sleeping bag, pillow & toque...
  5. Northern Dancer

    We Ate Well...

    WE ATE WELL We made Pizza over a fire - with sauce, cheese, pepperoni, & bacon. Cinnamon pancakes with rich 100% syrup from Quebec. Garlic potato chip soup. Mashed potato with chicken in gravy and corn niblets. At the end of the trip, we filled up on a luscious brunch at the Cookhouse before...
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    What more can I say?

    It's all just too short. But it's all worth the effort. Glad to see others are out and about doing their thing.
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    Trip Two Complete...

    The mosquitos were out in force and during the day too. Lots of rain and sun and all the stuff that makes a great time away. This is our second trip and the next one is next weekend. The early morning mist is almost off the lake The whole environment is calm and peaceful and very quiet...
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    NORTHERN DANCER

    NORTHERN DANCER The whiff of fresh brewed perked coffee bubbling a northern tune as the hot water splashes into the glass knob, the crackling of a fire and the glow of the flame, the scent of fresh lake water, the haunting hoot of the Great Horned Owl, the shrill of a Loon in the dead of...
  9. Northern Dancer

    Creating a back lot Camp Site...

    Things are still really tight in this jurisdiction because of Covid, though I do have two canoe trips planned for July. So in the meantime what can I do to amuse myself? I decided to put in a tent platform, move the barbeque to the tent site, plant shrubs and small bushes to give me a sense of...
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    CAMPING COVID THREAT...

    We were talking about the difficulty in booking canoe trips the other day. Now there is a suggestion that campgrounds will be closed. I don't know if this will affect me/us in any way but things are looking grim in this neck of the woods. I'm getting a sense that my tent platform outback is...
  11. Northern Dancer

    I only bought four items...

    I know, I know, I lied. Well, not really, maybe some rationalization. But what the heck. I mean really? What's life all about? So what did I purchase specifically for the canoe trip this year? CAMP COT - It's an age thing, don't you know? Packs small, is light, really...
  12. Northern Dancer

    WITH BATED BREATH

    It's another *peculiar year. With bated breath, I waited anxiously for the booking office to open Monday morning at 8:00 AM as they said they would. Giving a tad for time variance I waited all of ten minutes. My account was open, the information required was posted and I waited to push the...
  13. Northern Dancer

    MRE Meals???

    Well Sports Fans, err, make that Camp Fans what do you think about a meal in a bag? It comes with its own environmentally sound heater bag for the main entree. Every year I purchase a small box of these meals that serve as an emergency supply while out in the bonnies. There have been times when...
  14. Northern Dancer

    Building a Campfire revisited...

    I never think much about it - I just build a campfire, no problem, no fuss. Then on occasion, I'm fascinated watching some rather interesting campfire construction. Did I do that at one time? Probably. For those of you who may wonder how one can light a campfire with just one single match...
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    Camp Stoves

    - CAMP STOVES - There is certainly a large variety of Camp Stoves to select from these days. I think I've purchased about every kind of style but they just keep rolling the new ones out. I've even made my own - cheap, reliable, simple to use, and an abundance of fuel. Sometimes I improvise to...
  16. Northern Dancer

    Camping and lightening

    Scary stuff! Especially when you are told, "There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm." More than sixty-five percent of injuries and deaths by lightning occur when people are participating in outdoor recreation activities. That means that people like us as well as the hikers and...
  17. Northern Dancer

    Commandments - make that RULES

    Whatever term you use or how you use it, rules are the name of the game. Really? It's a difficult topic but it's one that has to be dealt with. This is part of a module that I presented to a Traditional Scouting Group. I have always promoted a Code of Conduct. Most of us know that a Code of...
  18. Northern Dancer

    The Master Camper

    The MASTER CAMPER is a session I did with the Traditional Scouting Association. It was intended to set a measurement for leadership and youth and help develop a skills program.
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    Camping is intense :-)

    Carrying on the little series for a Traditional Scouting Association I was asked to say "a few words" about tents. Attached hereto are my primary notes. At the time I demonstrated several tents and talked about the advantages and disadvantages of the same. This was of particular importance to...
  20. Northern Dancer

    Thinking about Sleeping Bags?

    I guess I lied. "I just ain't gots no moral fibber to stop meself from buying new stuff." I vaguely remember the first sleeping bag I bought. Not a good experience. So I hope the following article may be of help to those who are thinking of purchasing the same. The following sheet is designed...
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