Camping with Kids on The Expeditioners Adventure Camp

 

When some people think of camping, they tend to think about freeze-dried foods and discomfort. But I’ve learned over the years that not all camping adventure are made the same. Sure, sometimes you can be on the peak of a mountain with some freeze dried meals and a meagre thin mattress— but when you’re car camping— you have the ability to have some of the luxuries of life.

A few items that have been superb for The Expeditioners Adventure Camp have been :

1. Coleman’s RoadTrip Grill that uses the green propane canisters became our go-to for meal-making for The Expeditioners Adventure Camp. Not only did we cook whole racks of ribs, bacon, burgers, grilled veggies— but we also used it as a stove top for pancakes, eggs, and pasta. In a way, the bbq became like the camp hearth— where kids and councillors would mill around —wondering what goodies would pop out of it next.

2. Coleman’s 10-Person Dark Room Tent defined comfort. Spacious, light-blocking and cavernous— the kids loved sleeping there — especially with the Queen Sized inflatable mattress inside!

3. And of course pairing the kids with great Coleman Sleeping Bags made for deep sleeps, and happy campers.

So you see, with just the right gear— camping can have many of the luxuries of home!

 

 

The Expeditioners Explore Baffin Island !

Screenshot 2016-06-27 02.40.50

Screenshot 2016-06-27 02.59.24
 

Leave your southern expectations at the door while we venture to one of the most remote places in North America, Nunavut. Join our hosts The Expeditioners, as they immerse themselves in an authentic northern Canadian experience like none other.

Follow along as they connect with local Inuit elders and try their hand at speaking the indigenous language and the customary art of throat singing. Reconnect with nature on an epic dogsled expedition in Frobisher Bay, explore the Auyuittuq National Park of Canada and indulge in the local flavours of arctic char, caribou and musk ox, all while taking in the majestic views and spiritual solitude that Nunavut is known for. Get ready to slow things down, chill out and let it all sink in.

The Expeditioners Series: Life is Calling | Presented by Discovery & Jeep Canada

Canmore_image03

The Expeditioners partner with Discovery and Jeep Canada for Life is Calling

It’s been an incredible summer exploring so many of Canada’s hidden gems. From coast to coast we surf, climbed, hiked, biked, and even kitesurfed. We hope you caught the series at www.discovery.ca/lifeiscalling

We took an awesome Jeep to each adventure- overcoming some incredibly rugged terrain– and now you have the chance to win your very own Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Renegade. Enter now at www.jeep.ca

Hosted by Whistler’s Four Season’s Resort & Spa

The Expeditioners #TheBCProject : Inspiring people to explore beautiful British Columbia!
Photos by Roberto & Bella
Host: The Whistler Four Seasons Resort and Spa

Bella and I were hosted by the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler. I had stayed there a few years back when I found a ridiculously inexpensive room rate, and my stay was divine. So I was extremely excited to be able to share the experience with my wife when the opportunity presented itself. Our stay began with an upgrade to Suite. The personalized service was immaculate… but what I didn’t imagine was that we would get to see the Northern Lights from our balcony!

There’s so much you can do in Whistler: Ski, Snowboard, Mountain Bike, Hike, Run, Swim, Paddle-Board, Camp and Explore to name a few–but I’ll let the photos do the talking.

RGG_09611907772_937445969602721_5371620595575682630_n

10411956_939433739403944_7885621146047818771_n

RGG_1324

RGG_1322

RGG_1317

RGG_1315_2

RGG_0965

1382893_991477160866268_7327049037367691903_n

RGG_1326

RGG_1309

RGG_1301

RGG_1292

RGG_1263

RGG_1018

RGG_1008

RGG_0994

RGG_0961

RGG_0945

RGG_0941

10923678_1036838826330101_2558624195078121559_n

10868045_1021033127910671_4513963742704711979_n

10801981_1011117365568914_8496874541854348089_n

10649881_939504006063584_5114993347086145950_n

10616307_938912136122771_8496083539894043848_n

10606460_938849782795673_3313371007050666854_n

10401356_939239679423350_5343926488728685892_n

10380737_1011635622183755_3608636068222106895_n

10377253_984457574901560_7678930412287565476_n

10341758_987147674632550_3828919716119962715_n

10173795_982003605146957_263087098089262886_n

RGG_1495

1503429_1011156138898370_6339412223172726622_n

RGG_1285

RGG_6615

RGG_0945

 

Finally, I’ve included a video of us exploring The Brandywine Waterfalls

A wonderful Invitation

Bella and I frequently receive travel invitations, both from companies and fans. Many are very exciting. Many our touching. All are kind. But this one was a little more unique, in that Mohammed took the time to write to us– and in a very very honest fashion.

Thank you kindly Mohammed Sallam — we really appreciate the time you took on this, and indeed– we hope to accept it and one day visit Egypt:)

Truth be told, we’ve made a new friend:) Check it out below! If you want to read it all (which we suggest you do) — simply click on the photo and it will enlarge.

Expeditioners

Tested Gear Guide: Goal Zero’s Switch 10 Multi Tool Kit

Solar kit

We wouldn’t be able to bring you so many wonderful photos and videos if it weren’t for our Goal Zero solar gear. Thanks to goal zero, we’re able to head out for self-supported adventures. With their solar panels and power-packs, we re-charge our camera batteries, laptops, ipads, head-lamps, go pro cameras, gps devices, and phones.

But it’s not just when we are entirely off the grid that we need their gear. It could be on a bus, plane, car, small hike or anywhere in-between when your GoPro or phone battery dies.

CTK_4901

Enter the Switch 10 Multi-tool kit. You get a solar panel, fan, micro usb, usb flash0light head, and of course, the power keeper, the Switch 10.

To begin with, you can charge it before leaving the house via usb– and then, after using up the power, you can always recharge it using the Nomad 7 Solar panel. It takes about 4 hours to charge it from the sun on your Nomad 7 panel and likewise 4 hours from USB charging.

What can you charge with one Switch 10? Your smart phone once. It will do 25% of your tablet. 2x GoPros (or similar POV camera) and about 8hrs of flashlight time.

Now the new Multi 10 has a few features that it’s predecessor didn’t have. It has a tiny led flash-light built into it–which can be very practical in lots of situations. It also has a battery power gage that tells you how much juice you’ve got left on the device.

RGG_0249

Then you have the different heads: 1. a little but powerful fan
2. a micro usb charging head
3. a regular usb charing head
4. a flashlight head.

It is extremely reasonably priced at $119.99 — I thought it was going to be a good 50% more. Well done!

Check-out this video we took where we run through Goal Zero’s new Switch 10 Multi Tool.

Location: Peyto Lake, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Watch our video review at the bottom!

RGG_0248

Here’s the low-down on it from Goal Zero’s Website:
More than a phone charger, more than a flashlight; the only all-in-one power solution for your pack. Quick charge phones, POV cameras, and other USB-powered gear, than switch on a flashlight for bright light anywhere, or a fan to cool off. It’s solar-ready and features a replacement, rechargeable battery that powers up from any USB.

CTK_4826

Replaceable Lithium Ion Battery Replaceable (3,000mAh/11Wh) lightweight, high power density battery. Instant-on technology for easy, plug-and-play power. LED battery level indicator and pass-through capability.
Quick Charge USB Port Intelligent Charging for any USB-powered device. (1.5A Output) Delivers smart power without overcharging or discharging.
Device Specific Cables Micro USB tangle-free charging for phones and tablets. Certified cables for efficient charging.
Solar Ready Built-in charging tip. No extra cable to lose. Charge up in 4 hours from any USB port – in 4 hours of full sun from the Nomad 7 Solar Panel
Switch Flashlight (160 Lumens) Wide angle to pinpoint for lighting up the trail or piercing the darkness. High power for maximum light, low power for extended runtimes.
Switch Fan Lightweight, quiet, breezy. Attachable fan for a personal cooling system wherever you go.

Features:
Recharge by: USB, Solar Panel
Power Output: USB
Ideal for: Phones, Switch Tools
Capacity: 11Wh, 3000mAh
Weight: 4 oz (113 g)
Kit Includes: Micro Tip, Flashlight, Fan, Switch 10, Nomad 7 Solar Panel

Video Review of the Multi Switch 10 Kit

Tested Gear Guide: Julbo Wave

Reviewer :The Expeditioners Roberto
Gear: Julbo Wave Sunglasses

It’s not often that a pair of shades lasts more than 3 months with us. And it’s not because we’re careless. It’s because sunglasses are one of those items that you can practically use every single day (depending on where you live.) But this frequent use, like anything else, is what usually causes there to be a high probability that you will lose them, scratch them, or break them.

CTK_5434

If you’re an outdoor adventurer, then that probability is even higher. Which is why Bella and I literally go through about 7 lost/broken/sunken pairs of sunnies per year. In the past year, we drove over a pair that had fallen in the snow, lost 4 to kiteboarding, one got scratched so badly that their un-usable (while crawling through a section of caves 1km into the earth that were 3 feet tall and 70 feet long,) and another also got bent out of whack somehow.

10525365_912163608797624_4535220269977273508_n

So it’s with great surprise that I still have my Julbo Wave sunglasses after 5 months. And there’s a key factor why… they float.

When we’re kiting, the crashes can be pretty superb– and for a few moments you don’t know what is up, left or right. Most sunglasses don’t float– so if they came off your face, then Poseidon’s got a new look. Thanks to me, he has a new collection now.

With the Wave shades– they float perfectly. My solution to keep them from ripping off my face (when possible) was to put one of those touristy floaty bands. Both for keeping them on my face and for greater visibility after a crash. And trust me– these Julbos are so comfortable that you don’t want to lose them!

With many of the glasses I lost, the band just ripped off the end of the arms. In the case of Julbo’s Waves, I can tie the band to the arm tips, which kept it from tearing off like the others. The strap they supply is great for kayaking and calmer water sports, but tended to snap off with my kiting wipe-outs. Luckily, the wave’s arms have holes through which you can tie the strap nice and tight.

G0019457

Even if your strap does come off, with the Waves, after the confusion of a crash settles, you can easily spot them floating. Now it isn’t just the floating factor that made these one of my faves, it’s the incredible polarized lenses coupled with fantastic full eye-protection. When you do lots of water and snow sports, the sun is reflecting on the water or snow from beneath you- usually squeezing under your glasses and hurting your eyes. But with these, they cup your eyes just perfectly– so that no sun squeezes through, and so that I don’t get water into my eyes that’s kicking up from my board.

10170801_862733623740623_2602116097046204231_n

Another neat factor I like is the drainage/venting holes, so that when you do take a dunking and come out–the water just drains out nicely. They give great air circulation while still protecting you. Must have been a water athlete that designed these! Here’s a few pics of mine in use!

DCIM133GOPRO

But what if you’re biking or doing a sport where you have way too much humidity and you nee extreme air circulation? Then you just snap off a section and suddenly they’ve got all the ventilation you could ask for. Transformer cool.

If you want to get yourself a pair, you can input ‘The Expeditioners’ as a promo code and get 10% off ANY Julbo shades!
Link to purchase: www.julbo-canada.ca

Website: www.julbo-canada.ca
Test Locations: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico | Yellowstone National Park, USA | Whistler, B.C. Canada
Price: $130
Available in 5 color combos.

sunglass_wave

10464057_893365757344076_1391444497984475395_n

10495583_913398998674085_8155441686153040023_o

10446334_883953171618668_2118133143643297588_o

Wave_jupe-protection

10373715_900300083317310_6123705502776724829_n

10557538_937456259601692_7802197243164891899_o

10484211_906170919396893_7251378799063526869_o

10550066_916470531700265_1854397362534712643_o

10370802_928056603874991_2939637625517324085_n

RGG_0280

10359401_930781960269122_646120055160988503_n

RGG_7794

Sian Ka’an | THE EXPEDITIONERS | DESTINATIONS | Travel Guide to the World

Sian Ka’an | THE EXPEDITIONERS | DESTINATIONS | Travel Guide to the World
By. The Expeditioners Roberto
Photos and videos by Roberto & Bella

WHERE: Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

WHAT WE DID: Kiteboard. Watch turtles nest. Open endless coconuts with a machete. Swing a lot in a hammock. Eat lots and lots of fresh and cheap fruits.

HOW TO GET THERE: Best way is to fly into Cancun and then either rent a car (for $18US) per day, and drive down to Tulum (about 2 hours) and then into the reserve. Another option is to take a bus to Tulum from Cancun, and then have a taxi drive you to El Ultimo Maya

WHERE WE STAYED: Sian Ka’an Nature reserve is a little known destination in Mexico. It literally merges with Tulum. Long desolate beaches join with those of the Tulum hotel area. There are few places to stay in Sian Ka’an–ranging from campgrounds (with or without facilities) to $500US per night rooms. By happenstance, we discovered “El Ultimo Maya” a campground with facilities (shower and toilet) and with a Labrador style canvas tent with a queen size bed. The showers have saloon like doors and are somewhat open-air. For tall people like myself, you can clearly see everyone around the campground as you shower. Kinda humerous. As we were usually the only people there, it wasn’t an issue, but I could see it being a tad uncomfortable if you go during Semana Santa (Mexican Holiday)… or if you’re a really tall gal.

For Tulum rates, it’s quite affordable: $600 ($45US) pesos per night in their canvas tent, or $500 pesos per night if you stay the week. Bringing your own tent or hammock and it’s only $150 pesos ($11US) per person per night.

There is a little restaurant who’s patron’s are ready to cut you a coconut, make you some ceviche, or bring you your coffee in front of the ocean. Incredible service. “Cho” (Jorge) or Takyo are some of the most attentive and polite people I have ever met.

Now, on to the juicy part…. this place has it’s own piece of pristine beach right in front of it. We spent many of our 9 nights on the sand, swinging in our hammocks watching the stars and looking for the massive turtles coming onto the beach to nest. The beach is kept clean by the campground– but alas, a few hundred meters down the beach you will find refuse that washes up on shore daily (reality of our oceans.) Still, this aside, the place is jaw-dropping and magical. We lolled away our afternoons kiteboarding in surf and enjoying our incredible private beach, watched for mating turtles….and throughout… fresh coconuts in hand.

RGG_7794

RGG_7736

RGG_7693

RGG_6699

RGG_6652

RGG_6416

RGG_6349

RGG_6251

RGG_6218

RGG_6164

RGG_6083

CTK_2556

CTK_2308

CTK_2219

CTK_2192

CTK_2177

DCIM135GOPRO

10535584_915650241782294_4818816795675625023_o

10492304_912746792072639_7539892998892641074_n

10458879_915600278453957_4718994468434178456_n

10351161_918508521496466_6958835273395546370_n

936073_913398998674085_8155441686153040023_n

10152041_913414088672576_6376613846461197823_n

1150172_913579508656034_2015123952552076937_n

fruitplate

HOLBOX | THE EXPEDITIONERS | DESTINATIONS | TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE WORLD

HOLBOX | THE EXPEDITIONERS | DESTINATIONS | Travel Guide to the World
By. The Expeditioners Roberto
Photos and videos by Roberto & Bella

WHERE: Holbox, Quinta Roo, Mexico

WHAT WE DID: Kiteboard. Kiteboard. and some more kiteboarding. The scuba diving and whale shark season is coming up though.

WHERE WE STAYED: Holbox is an un-discovered destination. Many locals say it is like Playa del Carmen 30 years ago. A tiny island with some 2000 inhabitants, the roads are made of sand, people walk around barefoot, with a bike, or they take a golf cart (which is what most locals have.) A big part of the island is protected land, and the beach is stunning. Fresh fruit is extremely inexpensive, and a freshly squeezed orange juice will only put you back a couple of bucks!

We arrived to a new and wonderful hotel (La Casa del Viento) owned by a super personable Fernando. Only a block away from the beach, and a couple of blocks from town, it’s perfect for the kiteboarder and beach comber alike.

Casa del Viento: http://casadelvientoholbox.com/

OTHER THINGS TO DO:
1. Kiteboarding – there are three different areas you can kite in Holbox : Punta Mosquito (which is accessible with Holbox’s kiteboarding school’s boat) then there is Las Nubes, which is accessible by bike or golf cart, or walking- -and finally the sand-bar, which is for experienced riders only as it is off-shore kiting out in the middle of the sea. There was a place which we loved to kite called Punta Coco, but apparently it is now forbidden there.
2. Whale Shark Tours are big here during the spring and summer months. The whale sharks congregate not too far off, making it an ideal launch point.
3. Beach walking and reading.
4. Sea-Kayaking
5. Paddle Boarding with Holbox Kiteboarding (for the non windy days)
6. Scuba Diving is also only during the summer months. The water here can be churned with a lot of sand as it is where the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean meet.

HOW TO GET HERE: Fly to Cancun. From Toronto, New York and the likes, a ticket is only $500US round-trip. Then you catch a bus/taxi to Chuiquila, and then a ferry to Holbox which runs hourly.

It has only been a few months since Bella and I got into kiteboarding/ kitesurfing – but we’re totally addicted to it. With frequency and stronger winds we’ve become better and better kiters. In Turks and Caicos we were able to improve significantly because of the shallow waters where we were learning. But add deep water to the mix, and it is a whole different story. Your kite will be pulling you down-wind while your board is up wind from you. Like a sail boat, you then have to body drag away from your board to zig zag back up wind to it. This can be quite intimidating at the beginning, but here in Holbox we’ve learned to be in a lot of deep water conditions, lose our board, and get back to our kite.

Yesterday was the first time that Bella and I launched from a boat. This requires preparing your lines and gear in advance–and making sure they don’t tangle–as it is tricky to fix your lines from boat. You also have to be able to kite upwind to get back to the boat, as it is off-shore kiting (yes, worse case scenario the boat will get you.) It was extremely exciting, and we had some gusts of wind the were super powerful. Happily, this just meant we got to jump higher!

Check-out the photos and videos below that Bella and I took here in Holbox.CTK_6960

kitingroberto

RGG_9389

RGG_9075

RGG_8644

RGG_8320

CTK_6988

RGG_8318

RGG_8213

RGG_8113

RGG_0562

RGG_0164

RGG_0014

G0061926-1

DCIM132GOPRO

CTK_7088

CTK_7066

CTK_7007

boatlaunch

CTK_7088

RGG_9422

RGG_8615

RGG_8129

RGG_8118

RGG_8112

RGG_8100

CTK_6979

CTK_6968

RGG_9442

RGG_9435

RGG_9406

RGG_8767

RGG_8648

RGG_8555

RGG_8516

RGG_8440

TURKS & CAICOS | THE EXPEDITIONERS | DESTINATIONS | Travel Guide to the World

TURKS & CAICOS | THE EXPEDITIONERS | DESTINATIONS | Travel Guide to the World
By. The Expeditioners Roberto
Photos and videos by Roberto & Bella
WHERE: Long Bay, TCI, Caribbean, Americas

WHEN WE WENT: Bella and I have been there in August, December, January, February.

WHAT WE DID: Kiteboard. Kiteboard. Kayaking. Scuba Diving. Kiteboarding.

WHERE WE STAYED: Providenciales is known to be pricey. On the affordable side you have The Carribean Paradise Inn. This 20 suite inn, is minutes from the beach and run by one of the most amicable staffs I have every met. It’s private, secluded. And perfect for scuba divers and Kiteboarders alike. Being nearby to Long Bay Beach is a major plus! On the higher spectrum are the magnificent villas spotted all over the island and offered by Tranquility Vacation Rentals Turks & Caicos. Ideal for the honeymooner or the family, these abodes will leave you breathless. Just take a look at the pictures below!

Caribbean Paradise Inn: http://caribbeanparadiseinn.com/
Tranquility Vacation Rentals: http://www.turkscaicosluxuryvillas.com/

OTHER THINGS TO DO:
1. Scuba Diving with Big Blue Unlimited
2. Kiteboarding with Kite Provo
3. Conch Festival
4. Sea-Kayaking Island Hopping Adventure with Big Blue Unlimited
5. Romantic boat ride to see the glow worms.
6. Wake-Boarding
7. Deep-Sea Fishing with Talbot’s Adventures.
8. Fine -Dining at Baci’s
9. Hobie-Cat Sailing
10. Island Hopping
11. For those so inclined..there’s even a golf course.

HOW TO GET HERE: Fly. Lots of major airlines have direct flights here from places like New York and Toronto. If you search well-enough, you can find round-trip tickets for $500 taxes included.

Having tried a vast variety of sports, it’s not often that I come along one that I had never done before. I ski, snowboard, skate, surf, dive, rock-climb, mountain-bike, run, etc etc. I’ve even gone curling. But that’s excusable only because I’m Canadian.

A few years back, my brother told me that I should try kiteboarding. I had heard of some guy that went flying into a building and remembered it had been nasty. So I gave it little thought.

Then last year, while on my one-month honeymoon to Turks & Caicos with Bella, we got a 1hr intro class into the sport by Kite Provo’s Mike. It was gusty as he took out a 12 meter kite on a deserted beach. We thought we would give it a try. After taking us through safety, we waded into the water.

On my first attempt I was up…if only for some 30 meters before lunging into a uncontrolled rag-doll leap of some fort feet, elegantly face-planting into TCI’s emerald water. I stood-up, a tad- wobbly, grinning from ear-to-ear while still clearing my nostrils from their salt washing.

Fast-forward a year, and Bella and I are in Vancouver’s Northshore Board Store getting kites, harnesses, and boards before embarking on an adventure to Turks and Caicos– to learn to kiteboard. We heard that one of the best places to learn in the world, was indeed Long Bay Beach, on Turks and Caicos’s Providenciales.

On-Shore winds. Shallow water. Sandy bottom. Warm water. And a long long beach.

Learning to kite came with an excitement I hadn’t had in a very long time. The excitement of learning a new sport. And Long Bay Beach was the perfect place to learn. I can now jump 40′ in the air, and Bella can do some really rad riding. Stay tuned as we take this sport everywhere in the world.

1003585_831462573534395_1339524584_n

1012431_532764206772604_679999242_n

1039887_666739673340020_1898758961_o

1393046_763164573697529_1480530114_n

1467300_768220563191930_268316060_n

1482828_775967972417189_1185408619_n

1489267_771725686174751_1207698149_n

1503920_783906648289988_1246789442_n

1507655_787060431307943_580420681_n

1521211_780427961971190_1744002569_n

1622641_818247801522539_2126088645_n

1653291_807152215965431_988410943_n

1797467_810107989003187_847956805_n

1800430_810060759007910_1927663248_n

1897795_810106429003343_2033756227_n

1907416_808844599129526_2125530928_n

10005967_824799200867399_1451873537_o

10011167_826104190736900_886234239_n

belladive2

bright idea

carib poolside

Delsolbeach

DCIM119GOPRO

kiteday

kitejump

Postkiting

robertoair

robertokiting

WIndrose1
1964785_831522106861775_95264197_n

12488_830630176950968_844893392_n

1966953_829530347060951_497742608_n