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Paddling to hear the angels singing

I spent several years as camper, guide, counsellor, and finally program director at Camp Mazinaw. The camp ethos revolved around the canoe. All of us were trained to become confident in our cedar strip vessels in all kinds of conditions. We were taught how to make this nimble dev ...

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Windswept and interesting. Iceland 2000 part three.

The three zombies step back as the bus to Reykjavik comes to a dusty halt. We load our gear, hand over 4,500 kroner to the driver and climb on board. The coach is warm and comfy and stops at lots of interesting places en route. I point something out to the other two only to find ...

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Glacier Days. Iceland 2000 part two.

This is the second instalment of a three-part account. The first can be found here; https://ie.bebee.com/producer/lovin-a-cold-climate-AV5LwOHE1AVz · The journey around the southern Icelandic coast ended at the foot of the Hoffellsjökull glacier which flowed off from the great ma ...

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Lovin' a cold climate. Iceland 2000 part one.

Iceland 2000. · The snow started to fall, the wind blew sharply across the campsite and the fabric of the tent was flapping. · I though, was flapping more as I tried to thread a second needle to fix the tear in the flysheet of the tent that was to be our home for the next month. ...

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Best Practices for Attracting Wild Birds to Your Garden

Spotted woodpecker in flight. Like most birds, they love sunflower seeds!It’s really cool to see all the birds you can attract just by putting out a feeder for the birds, but just because you have a feeder out doesn’t necessarily mean you will attract birds. Here are some tips fo ...

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Carry that weight. (In a well fitting rucksack.)

The above is a diagram of a human back, which can easily be viewed as a marvel of evolutionary engineering. An S-shaped spinal column surrounding and protecting our essential nerves cushions shock from ground impact to the brain. · The spine prevents our posture from resembling t ...

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Queensland Quay is Quintessentially Quandamooka

Let me tell you how a recent Sunday afternoon stroll along Wynnun Jetty unexpectedly turned into a journey of cultural awareness. · Not so long ago we took the opportunity to take the short ferry trip across Moreton Bay to ‘Straddie’ (North Stradbroke Island) and were introduced ...

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Hiking Heaven

My friends and family always ask me why I “torture myself by climbing hills”. That is really their way of asking me why I like hiking and getting outdoors in general. I usually just tell them it’s because “it depressurizes me”, and it really does. I wasn’t a huge fan of walking t ...

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Greenland 1993. Part two

This is the second piece covering an expedition to climb a fairly remote mountain in Eastern Greenland. The first episode can be found here on bebee.com https://www.bebee.com/producer/@neil-smith/greenland-1993-part-one · Ascending and descending part two. · Following our unsucc ...

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Greenland 1993. Part one.

  ·   · I wasn't always an outdoor store salesperson. Once upon a time I was an unemployed ski instructor who would have loved an outdoor store job. This is the story of how I spent the time after being educated and before I settled down to the joy of work, rent and bills. · The ...

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A good night’s sleep part three. Sleeping mats and camp beds.

No matter how amazing and warm and fluffy your sleeping bag may be, if you are lying directly on the ground, then you will be cold, uncomfortable and sleepless. The surface under your bag should provide insulation from the cold and cushioning to smooth the bumps from the hard sur ...

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A Good Night’s Sleep. Part two.

Sleeping bags for backpacking. · Much of what was said in part one of this article https://www.charlescamping.ie/store/sleeping-bags-family-camping with regard to choosing a sleeping bag for family camping holds true when it comes to bags suitable for those people who want to tr ...

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A Good Night’s Sleep. Part one.

Sleeping Bags for Family Camping. · Once you are sheltered and fed the single most important thing to do to actually enjoy any camping trip is to get a good night’s sleep. To make this happen you need a system that gives you the best surface to lie on as well as the sleeping bag ...

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Rainwear Maintenance.

At the time of writing this I am at home like millions of other people around the world as we wait for the shadow of Covid 19 to pass. In an effort to do something useful with the time I have been obsessively laundering every piece of clothing in the vicinity and have now reached ...

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Don't Fade Away.

The cotton flysheet of the old school Vango Force Ten tent could lose its bright orange colour fairly quickly. · Preventing Actinic damage to your tent. · Thanks to Covid-19 this, far from normal, summer has seen an explosion of back garden camping adventures. All over Ireland, p ...

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