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Jay McClellan

The Best Foot Traction Devices for Ice and Snow

One of the best ways to ensure your safety is to equip yourself with a pair of foot traction devices or “ice cleats”. Here are our favorite traction devices for hiking, listed from most-aggressive to least-aggressive.

Learning to Navigate in a Wilderness

We had a spectacularly warm and sunny autumn day for practicing our land navigation skills in the Lowell Regional Greenspace, as the yellow maples glowed all around us.

Hidden Waterfalls of Northern Ontario

Northern Ontario has hundreds of waterfalls, many of which are little-known and seldom-visited because access to them is challenging. This expedition explored some of these remote hidden gems via overland travel on primitive roads, and hiking through untamed woods.

Spring Warmup Challenge 2022

For this excursion we spent four days exploring four different areas near Gaylord MI, and challenged ourselves to practice our outdoor skills and learn something new. It was a chance to get our bodies and gear warmed up and field tested for upcoming 2022 adventures.

TR1-3: Basic Technical Ropework & Rescue

Technical Rope Rescue is the perfect introduction for using ropes and rope systems in rock climbing, caving, canyoneering, search and rescue, expedition travel, accessing hazardous terrain, overcoming obstacles in the wilderness and many other activities.