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A number of articles have been posted here under various categories - articles related to the outdoors, safety, gear, food, humour plus many other areas. Articles will be added to this collection periodically. If you would like to write an article, then please let us know at admin@myccr.com as we are always happy to publish new articles

by Richard Munn|Published 00-00-0000
Looking for a versatile, compact stove that burns everything from canister fuels to white gas to kerosene to diesel? Primus may have just the ticket. The new Omnifuel (an upgraded version of their succesful Multifuel) looks like a real winner. Designed with a more efficient burner, the Omnifuelreally cranks out the heat, providing faster boil times than its older sibling - the Multifuel. The...
by Richard Munn|Published 07-07-2006
The use of waterproof plastic barrels for carrying food and gear seems to be increasing in popularity. These plastic barrels certainly are the most waterproof of all options for carrying both your food and your gear. These barrels can survive a bumpy ride down a stretch of class III rapids and when you retrieve it at the other end, you're still going to find the contents safe and dry. Barrel...
by Richard Munn|Published 07-14-2006
There's no doubt that a well-equipped first aid kit is an absolute necessity on a trip. Medical help is obviously not just a phone call away when we're out paddling, and the more remote our trip, the more we have to think about our first aid kit. It's also worth remembering that a good first aid kit isn't of much use unless we're qualified to administer first aid. A sound knowledge of wilderness...
by Chris Melanson|Published 00-00-0000
The Web of Our Wilderness There is something mystical and alluring about the Northern Wilderness that has beckoned to mankind for thousands of years. The mere mention of The North conjures up images of a vast land, clad in forests of green that seem to march on to the ends of the Earth. It is an uncompromising land of hard rock and shallow earth, where the summer’s burn is...
by Richard Munn|Published 07-17-2006
How far we can paddle and portage is a given amount of time depends on a number of factors. The two most important are the age/experience level of the paddlers, and the style of trip desired. Age and experience is apretty obvious influence. If we have young children or novice paddlers in our group, we have to be realistic and scale back the paddling distance we are doing to suit those paddlers....
by Richard Munn - from CCR Archives|Published 05-20-2008
Yes, I know ... you've always felt that wilderness canoeing is a healthy activity.  The outdoor types who paddle our wilderness areas are all robust, strong, hearty types who are the very picture of good health.  They spend long hours in the fresh air, getting above-average levels of exercise from paddling into headwinds and portaging heavy packs and canoes from lake to lake. I hate...
by Author unknown - from CCR Archives|Published 05-20-2008
(This one has been floating around the Internet for a while ... I don't have a source to credit it to.) Someone was asking me about my class IV comfort level the other day, and my answer was something like "I'm comfortable that I can usually find an eddy to swim to". This inspired me to write, 'Dave's International Scale of River Difficulty': Class I: Easy.  Fast moving water...
by Richard Munn|Published 07-27-2006
I have a fascination with old books. Maybe it's the musty smell, or the cloth covers and binding, but any time I'm digging through the used bookstore and find a canoeing or camping title, I can't resist bringing it home. Part of the fascination is the history lesson we can get from these books. Ancient history in canoeing practices isn't that long ago. I have some not-to-old books that outline...
by Richard Munn|Published 07-21-2006
  The use of dehydration as a food-preserving method has been around for thousands of years. Prior to the advent of refrigeration, people only had two options - dehydration and canning. Canning requires a supply of airtight glass jars and equipment to boil those jars. Dehydration requires only a gentle source of heat. The dehydration process used by our ancestors could be a simple as hanging...
by Richard Munn|Published 00-00-0000
Special Considerations The most important consideration is that the trip has to be fun - and fun from a kid's perspective. As adults, we’re sometimes willing to put up with a bit of adversity in order to get into that special lake or river; or reach that favourite campsite. Kids will neither appreciate nor understand this type of tradeoff. They live for the moment and if that moment...

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