hiking Archive

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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Looking for a unique and interesting way to tell your significant other that you love them? Do you enjoy grueling physical exercise that will push you beyond your mental and physical limits? Well then… you’re in luck! Starting on Friday December 1st at 8pm, Jonathan Toews, along with several other friends and associates, will...
James Ryan
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Greetings everyone! As many of you probably know by now, Jonathan Toews (pronounced toes not taves) has been hiking along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada as part of a national campaign called Defeat Depression. It’s pretty amazing actually. At first, I...

“To achieve a relationship with the land, one must travel on foot or by canoe and camp under nature’s canopy. Even those of us who do are often in so much of a hurry that we see and feel very little. Too often it is the destination that matters and not the journey itself.” – Bill Mason

James Ryan
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In my last post, I talked about my desire to hike all the way across Short Hills Provincial Park before eventually turning around and heading back to the Rockway Conservation Area prior to sunset, only I didn’t quite make it all the way across. Without knowing exactly how much more distance I needed to...

“There are lessons in life that can only be learned through fairly massive deviations from our normal, comfortable routines. These lessons alter our perspective on life and better equip us to deal with life’s unforeseen challenges. They can sharpen our optimism and generate a deeper appreciation for the simple things in life.” – Jared Campbell, the 16th finisher of the Barkley Marathon