Our Blog ( 2013 – 2022 )

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Here you will find all the articles from our hiking blog to help you navigate the trail like a pro.
Whether you’re looking for a great day hike with great views, the best hiking gear, or tips to take your hiking skills to the next level, we’ve got you covered !

👉 Our favorite food/snack to bring during an expedition (2017-18) , (2020-22)

👉 We tested many, many, and many tents….Click here to learn more about tents & shelter (2018-2021)

👉 Find out about the hiking electronic gadget and latest technology

👉 They are books too! In our spare time , we enjoy reading books about hiking, survival , camping and nature. With each book that you read , you will ALWAYS learn new stuff !

👉 And on a more serious note, you always need to be prepare for any kind of emergency.
If you want to learn more about survival item & tips , look into this section.

I lost my backpack in my last trip at Ottawa, so I had to used my friend’s hydration backpack .
This little backpack exceeded my expectations. I used this for seven days of hiking in Utah. I found it very comfortable. The photos show the padding on the back and on the straps themselves. I was able to stuff all sorts of things in it–see photos. The front chest strap is movable so you can slide it up or down if it comes across your chest in an uncomfortable place. Backpack comes with a rain cover that I used several times though it was very light rain so I can’t comment on the protection it provided. The water bladder included worked well with no issues. I used the straps on the outside of the pack to secure an extra jacket at times. I hung a zip-cord lip balm holder off the bottom which made it easy to reach while hiking. Side outside pockets were great for things I wanted to reach easily. Inside I had quite a lot of survival supplies and first aid supplies.

As you can see, its very well adjustable on the hips and on the chest as well. That’s what makes it so comfy

There’s really nothing that I do not like about my backpack . it has been great I’ve taken it on a couple of backpacking adventures already and it has made my travels that much greater and simpler
I like the capacity and the ease of function. My biggest concern with any product that I buy is the quality. I will say this pack seems to have very good quality for the money spent, the zippers work well and the bag is made with good material. I Definitely recommend this pack to anybody.

Another item that is an ABSOLUTE MUST , when the weather is cold are toe warmer.
Yes, you heard right, the pads are meant to be use inside your boots !

Anna is giving an overall rating of 8.5/10 for the backpack

These work great to keep your feet warm in the coldest weather without being too bulky. I prefer to stick them on top of the toe of my socks in my ski boot instead of on the bottom of the ski boot. They keep my toes warmer that way. They are pretty flat so they work well either way. They stay warm for the whole day of skiing 6+ hours. I never ski without them and my feet are never cold.

We are giving an overall rating of 7/10 for the toe warmer

The biggest rule for family adventures is to always bring food. Even if we don’t have little kids now, even big kids get hungry when they’re hungry. Dealing with hungry children is not fun.
When you go hiking or on any long trip, you want a food that
1) Last long
2) Taste Good
3) is NUTRITIOUS (especially for long trip)
4) fair price

We’ll share some of our favorite snacks and drink

We are always looking for healthy, filling bars to eat in between clients. These bars are delicious, not too sweet but packed with flavor and gives us the energy to keep up with a busy day.
We consider these bar to be the BEST of the BEST bar , when it comes to long endurance rides.

The ingredients are all natural and like seeing on nuts and berries as compared to many bars that taste synthetic and are hard to chew and break down. Calorie count at 380 is also packed with rich natural energy.
These are the only bars I use anymore when i need to take a trip that involves very high amount of physical activity.

My rating for this bar: 8.5/10
Anna’s rating : 5/10

Now here is one of the most lets say… Interesting , snack item that we have had so far.

This Honey waffle was a very good surprise for us. They’re healthy and they taste so good! Highly suggest! They’re perfect for a little snack throughout the day! We surely did not expect it to be so flavor rich and tasty !
We found that it works great for the energy needed before and after a long walk or run. Great taste, easily chewable and light carbs. These are a great snack or that go too before your workout. Nothing to be suspicious about here, the waffle are just as described. All the ingredients added are natural, no preservative, no weird chemical that you cannot pronounce the name . And the honey taste is 11/10 .
In short, we DEFINITELY recommend these to all runners or hiker.

My rating for the Honey Waffle: 10/10
Anna’s rating : 8/10

Now that you know some good item to bring to EAT, how about something to DRINK !
There are many many many choice of electrolyte drink, vitamin drink, probiotic, etc etc etc.
So many choicces that it can be a little bit confusing , to say the least.. Even for us…

We decided to try one of the top seller in the “Electrolyte and Replacement Drink” section.

it is now time to present you one of the most hydrating drink we have ever tested so far
The Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets
You heard right ! it is a Tablet ! You simply mix the dry tablet in water and thats all

We are going to start out with the positives first, the amount of tablets you get for the money is pretty amazing compared to other electrolyte packs. We personally feel like they help me after hours long intense work outs to prevent muscle cramping and dehydration. Plus they are fizzy so it’s almost like a soda carbonation.


The downside is that they take at least 10 minutes to dissolve in the cup of water so if you want to drink it in a hurry..well good luck.

We find that it is not too much of a big deal, since 10 minutes is too long, But we did wish it was a LITTLE bit faster…

To conclude, we find that it is a great alternative to “sports drinks” with ridiculous amounts of sugar and artificial sweeteners. all the electrolytes you need and nothing you don’t. drinking lots of water to stay hydrated can be a chore, but these tablets make hydration less boring. they are a mainstay in my pantry now, highly recommend.

And 1 last thing about this product, did you know that there is only 15 calories in each capsule.
So if your goal is to lose weight, this is a pretty good alternative to other drinks.

My rating for the Electrolyte Tablet: 6/10
Anna’s rating : 9/10


It’s very possible that during a trip, the taste of the food might not be the best of the best..
However, there is a way to transform a tastless food/snack into something delicious by adding the right spices to spice things up.

This spice container is a GREAT product for camping. ( Even if I wished that the container was refillable) .
There was a sweet version with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate curls, baking powder, etc for sweeting desserts and hot chocoate, or making french toast. Overall very handy and easy to use.
My wife Anna absolutely loves it !

We used it for camping and it was so much easier to have basically all our spices in one container!
We ended up using everything except the curry but I’m sure we’ll find a use on one of our next trips. Would definitely recommend to any readers of my blog for any event or occasion.

My rating for the Spices: 8 to 8.5/10
Anna’s rating : 8/10

Make sure your carb energy are coming from a NATURAL source of sugar !
Avoid processed and refined white sugar AT ALL COST.
Know that refined sugars may increase your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. They’re also linked to a higher likelihood of depression, dementia, liver disease, and certain types of cancer .

In simple words: white sugar = BAD , sugar from fruit = GOOD

Nothing like good-old freeze dried natural fruit to start the day !

These are very tasty but you could seriously eat the whole thing in one or two sittings so the value is not very great for your money. They are a little bit tart so if you like that tartness in your strawberries you will like these. Much better than jumping on candy and why I got them for work.
My wife Anna was so obsessed with them that i had to hide the remaining few packages before she would finish them all in a sitting,
What i like about them is that the fruit are dried instantly, meaning all the enzymes, vitamins and nutrients are mostly preserved during the Freeze-Dry process.

Fish finder device make fishing so much easier !

When trying for the first time the Bobber ReelSonar Smart Fish Finder during my fishing trip in California, I was very glad that the product was SUPER easy to setup.
I admit I was a little scared that it would be very complicated, since I have never used a fish finder before.
Overall, the device charges pretty quickly and holds the charge as long as u don’t leave it in the water for no reason. Take my advice and definitely use some heavy test line if casting out the IBobber because it’s very heavy and could absolutely break the line, with light test, when casting and reeling.

Unit does not come with any of the suggested swivels for attaching the IBobber to your line, so make sure you have some swivels in hand if you want to use it promptly.

This is how it works. You connect the device to an app on your phone. Download the main app either from the app store , if you have an iphone, or from the Google Play, if you have an android. My wife and I both have Iphones, but the app should be the same for android as well, I suppose. The fishing sensor on the device is a bluethoot signal, so when a fish swim nears it, you will hear a loud BEEP., telling you that there is a fish close.
So if you donèt hear any noise, either , you did not setup the product properly, or yyou need to move to anotherplace, because there are no fish !

Generally speaking, I think it’s a great product for shore fishing and kayak fishing.