Ashore

The Paddler On Shore: Camping, Cooking, Exploring Afoot, and More

Are you new to camping, and are unsure how to go about it? Maybe you need help figuring out how to read a map, or how to store your boat in winter. Or maybe you’re hoping to learn more about cooking in camp, or need a recipe for energy bars, or are uncertain how to purify “wild water.” Then you’ve come to the right place. Our articles linked below touch on these and many others related to those subjects of interest to the paddler on shore. You’re in a hurry? Then here’s a table of contents to take you straight to the subject you want:

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Voyageurs Ashore by Frances Ann Hopkins


Camp, Sweet Camp: Smoothing It in the Backcountry


Secrets of a Happy Camper

Camp Comfort

Making Ready for the Night

Shelters for Paddlers: Tents, Tarps, and Hybrids

And Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep …

To Build a Fire …

Backcountry Sanitation, Fundamental Issues, and Practical Ecology

Girl Talk!


Staying Healthy and Keeping Safe in the Backcountry


First Aid, Survival Kits, Disease Prevention, and Dental Care

Flora and Fauna With a Bite: From Poison Plants to Noshing Insects

Survival and Backcountry Best Practices

Can I Drink the Water?


Swimming, Hiking, Angling, and Other Active Endeavors


Activities at and in the Water

The Amphibious Trekker: Combining Paddling, Cycling, Hiking, and Hillwalking


On the Home Front …


Storing and Securing Boats and Gear


Knots and Ropework for Paddlers


Knots to Know


In the Workshop: For Thrifty and Do-it-Yourself Paddlers


Build, Repair, and Maintain Boats, Paddles, and Other Hardware

Sewing, Repairing, and Maintaining Soft Goods

Recycling and Upcycling


The Things We Carry: Our Personal Gear


Carry-Along Kit

Edged Tools: Knives, Multitools, Saws, and Big Blades

A Few of Our Favorite Things


What Am I to Wear?


Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

Insights on Eyewear

On Your Feet!

The Well-Dressed Paddler on the Water


Off Season: Making It Through Winter


Things to Do Indoors in Winter

Afoot Outside in Winter


Canoe-Camping with Thomas Hiram Holding
A note on the photo: This photo is of of a youngish Thomas Hiram Holding on a canoeing holiday in the mid-19th century, and is reproduced through the courtesy of The (UK) Camping and Caravanning Club.