The Fallen Trail Archive

James Ryan
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SUCCESS !!! Day 100 of my #100DayPaddleChallenge was absolutely incredible!! Special thanks to 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 a tonne of fun together playing...
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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...
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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...
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“When you are where wild bears live, you learn to pay attention to the rhythm of the land and yourself. Bears not only make the habitat rich, they enrich us just by being.” – Linda Jo Hunter Despite our late-morning departure from Niagara, my wife Julie and I, finally arrived at the Bell Lake...