Interviews, adventures and features
Set down your rucksack, put your feet up and get inspired by our passionate adventurer beginnings, successes and failures, futures and of course new routes, kit inspirations, details and food ideas.
The BEans and Rice REVIEW THE MSR WINDBURNER
MSR gave The Beans and Rice (TBAR) the chance to field test their Windburner Personal Stove and Coffee Press Kit. They decided to forego their pour-over habits long enough to give the modern and convenient MSR setup a fair shake. Read the article that was the finalist for the "Best Outdoor Gear Article" in the SNEWS 2018 Media Awards presented at the Outdoor Blogger Summit.
FOUR MONTHS IN A VAN
For the last four months, Miles and Emily have been cruising around the Western United States in search of trails, bikepacking routes, and good times. Here is Miles’ honest look at simple van cooking tactics.
Alberta rockies 700
It was a hot one this year rolling through the Rockies on gravel roads that never seemed to end. The burritos and jerky kept me fuelled along the long days in the saddle.
This is Tanesha Milucky. She’s a back-country chef for some amazing cycling events like Ramble Ride and WTF cycling summits. Find out how she manages to combine all her favourite things with her love of cooking.
Meet Emma. She’s co-founder of Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY. She is also a marketer, adventurer, mother, fire-maker and amongst other things, an amazing chef. Find out how her passions came together in her book Feast By Firelight.
Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell
Say hello to Jocelyn. She wears a lot of different hats (and helmets, of course) in the Portland cycling community and far beyond, with a major focus on getting women on bikes and out into the woods.
What do you think when you hear the words “backcountry skiing”? Do you imagine epic journeys into the wilderness, sleeping in snow caves and dodging avalanches?
Meet Aimee, Emily & Mai-yan; three ambitious women who came together after years of camp experiences to rethink what food could be in the outdoors and founded Dirty Gourmet. Based out of California they believe that food should be an essential part of every adventure.
Meet Narek. He’s the owner of a local Montreal cycling bag maker called Atwater Atelier. We visited him at his workshop to talk about his journey as a bag designer and the idea behind his creations.
Swift Campout 2018
Thanks again to Swift Industries for hosting an amazing summer solstice campout this year! We chose Le Foret Ouareau near Mont Tremblant, QC, for the beginning of our summer celebration.
Introducing Jonathan Hayward, founder and event organizer of the Alberta Rockies 700. Follow along as we learn about his motivation for starting the event, riding tips, and what’s happening on the route this year.
Eating our way through the West Coast Trail
The WCT is located along the misty southwestern edge of Vancouver Island, BC, in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Follow along as we eat our way through the mud and rain.
We sat down with Pacific Northwest-based writer, explorer, artist, cyclist, and activist to hear more about her love of coffee, art and how to focus on slowing down.
Gabriel AMadeus Tiller
Gabriel Amadeus Tiller is a modern-day adventuring renaissance man. He is one of the top bikepacking experts in America, culinary extraordinaire, mixologist, entrepreneur, mischief seeker, route designer, tinkerer, photographer, writer, and an overall optimistic guy.
At THE FAIR
The Stanstead County Agricultural Society's annual exposition at Ayers Cliff, Quebec, is one of Canada's oldest country fairs with approximately 25,000 visitors every year. Join Trevor as he ventured out during their 172nd birthday to explore the food and people.
Lost in the labyrinth
I had a few extra days before the start of the Alberta Rockies 700 bikepacking event in Coleman, Alberta. I was already 100km into the pre-event ride and I was loving every moment, until I took a wrong turn.
Meet Tara Alan, author and photographer of cycle touring cookbook, Bike. Camp. Cook. Learn how Tara makes outdoor cooking simple and demystifies travelling with fresh vegetables in your panniers
Meet Craig Fowler. He's a rare breed. In fact he's the only person on the planet to have completed both the thru-hiking Triple Crown and the bikepacking Triple Crown.
lean on me
Laughter could be heard echoing throughout the cold winter woods. We were literally shouting and hooting as we traversed through the snowy winter wonderland of Gatineau Park.
ADVENTURES OF A HOBO WEREWOLF
It was finally time to turn off the asphalt and get back on some dirt trails. It was my first time up in this neck of the woods so I wasn't sure what to expect.
CAMPING WITH KIDS
School was about to start and I wanted to spend one last weekend with my son before we went back to the grind of everyday life. We packed the car, making sure not to forget the marshmallows and bug spray. Fortunately, I only forgot the latter.
THE BAKERY BREVET
Read along as messkit curator, Trevor Browne, rides the Vermont Green Mountain 200 km with the Northeast Randonneurs Club. From freezing rains to headwinds, its the baked goods and maple water that keep him going and going and going.