It’s been a little more than six months since Ingi and I took off for the trapline – me for the first time, and Ingi for the last. Those months in the bush were the biggest adventure I’d ever had, and they percolate in my mind every day – the obvious memories like our first…

In the middle of nowhere, there’s still the CBC.

  The kitchen table at camp boasts a Sony radio/CD/cassette player that brings in CBC Radio One clearly if a piece of ballast wire is run from outside the cabin, through the roof, and attached to the antenna – and if the main light in the cabin is switched off. If we wanted all-encompassing light…

Curse words and clearing trails

Confession: I swear like a sailor. In polite company, I try to keep it under wraps but sometimes I just can’t help but let it fly. Not one of my finest qualities, perhaps, but an honest one, at least. On October 10 – the day we arrived on the trapline – Ingi and I unpacked…

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How to skin a squirrel – a newbie’s guide

It was skinning squirrels that would show whether or not I had the chops to make it as a trapper, or even a trapper’s assistant, I guess. It wasn’t as easy as Ingi made it look, and if I was going to do it right, I’d have to dig in with both hands. Around Nov.…

Going off-grid: Four adjustments

Moving from a house- even a small house – into a 20’ x 20’ cabin means change. It’s unavoidable. These changes come easier to some than others, but I welcomed them – the things I learned at the cabin are things I will apply to the rest of my life. The trapline cabin, built by…

Beaver trapping: A smelly science

Beaver trapping is all about gettin’ all up in their toothy territory. In the minuscule amount of time in my life I had devoted to thinking about trapping, I deemed it a practise that I just didn’t understand. But then a chance to understand it presented itself, which is how I found myself in the…