Life in the outdoors

About me

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Call me Christine. I was born in Toronto, Canada which is where I live now.

From the ages of 4 to 9, I grew up in the countryside, in Portugal, where my father is from. Our house was surrounded by a pine forest where my brother and I would play for endless hours.  There was a water filled clay pit a few hundred meters behind the house where we would go all the time.  My father would also take us on mini-bike trips to different towns that sometimes ended up being not so mini. I remember on one occasion coming home with blisters on my hands from the handlebars because my father had taken us so far. My brother was older and tougher, but I felt that I had to be able to keep up with the boys. I think that time of my life was what created in me such a passion for the outdoors.

At the age of 9, my parents decided to move back to Canada and I was lucky to have had the opportunity to go camping every year with our church youth group. One year, instead of the usual camping venue, they planned a canoe trip to Algonquin Park. The food was lousy and I got a huge gash on my knee (still have the scar) while flipping the canoe I was in that had capsized in the middle of the lake. We had a crummy campsite where the silt on the shoreline smelled of rotten eggs and it reeked once you stepped into it. Yet, I loved it!

At the age of 15 I moved to Portugal again. For many years, my contact with the outdoors was my regular visits to the beaches, seeing that I always lived within 10km of one.

I have been back in Canada now for several years and am enjoying this beautiful country of mine. This last year, my boyfriend and I took up portaging again. I went out and bought all the backpacking gear I needed (and didn’t need) and we have been on a couple of trips where we have learned a fair bit.

I am by no means an expert nor do I intend to come across as one. I would, however,  like to be able to share  my experiences with others as I learn more about this field. My objective is to provide a different view point of  gear, products and food to that of traditional reviews.

I hope you enjoy my blog and please let me know your impressions, ideas or opinions.


Comments on: "About me" (5)

  1. Hi Christine,

    Thanks for linking to my website at, please contact me via email for a free set.

    • Hi Matt,

      Thanks for coming by and for the offer, but I have a set already 🙂 I ordered from you a set for myself and a set for my boyfriend before Christmas. The service was great!

  2. Hey Christine,

    As you said, I read your story! Very interesting, I must say. You’ve seen your fair share of outdoors, eh? Take care!

  3. how does the weather in canada compare with the weather in portugal

    • It’s much colder in Canada. I don’t remember the temperature ever going below zero in my area (although I heard that it did this year and there was even snow). Then, the summers in Portugal are hot and dry whereas the summers in Canada are humid. In Portugal our winters are cold and humid whereas in Canada they’re dry.

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