The Fallen Trail Archive

James Ryan
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SUCCESS !!!!!!!!!! Day 100 of my #100DayPaddleChallenge was absolutely incredible!! Special thanks to my wife Julie, as well as the entire crew out of Buffalo, NY (Carl, Nath Alie, Jojo, Richard and David) for travelling up to the Great White North so that we could all paddle together on this momentous occasion. We had...
James Ryan
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“Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge.” – Patricia CornwellAs I sheltered myself from the impending thunderstorm, tucked beneath the branches of a big ‘ol hickory tree located somewhere along the rocky shoreline of Lake Ontario, I knew right then and there that getting myself off of the water when I did...
James Ryan
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Whenever I’m asked about sleeping bags from would-be campers, I’m often reminded of a time in my life when I knew very little about wilderness camping. One memory in particular that comes to mind would be from late-August of 2007 when I decided to take my 10-year old son up to Algonquin Provincial Park...
James Ryan
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“People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves, than by those found by others.” – Blaise Pascal The first time I ever heard about merino wool, I was on an overnight hiking adventure during a typically cold February evening in minus 20-degree weather. My trail partner, Jonathan, who by 4am had already...
James Ryan
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“Give a man a pen, and he’ll write for a day. Teach a man to make his own pen, and he’ll write at least until the ink runs out.” – Freddy James Maybe it’s the writer in me saying this, but I’ve always loved it whenever anyone’s given me a pen as a gift....