Elise Burley

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Elise has more than five years of backcountry canoe tripping and winter camping experience.

She and her husband Ross spend at least four full weeks in the backcountry every year, no matter the season.

Together, they’ve paddled thousands of kilometres of lakes and rivers across Ontario, Canada.

Elise is an expert at backcountry meal prep and planning—having mastered the art of dehydrating foods, cooking over a campfire or camp stove, and keeping meals as simple as possible without sacrificing taste or nutrition.

With a professional background in copywriting and digital marketing, Elise is the one who makes sure Gone Camping Again looks as good as it does and features the highest quality camping content (including original photography).

She has also completed a whitewater canoe clinic, certification for Whitewater Rescue (WWR) I & II and Wilderness First Aid (WFA), and is a member of the Wilderness Canoe Association.

Latest posts by Elise

10 of the best tarps for backcountry camping

10 of the best tarps for backcountry camping

Backcountry camping offers a unique way to immerse yourself in nature. One of your most important pieces of gear is the tarp, a versatile tool that provides shelter from the rain, wind, and sun. Tarps are lighter than traditional tents and offer a minimalist approach...

10 super cool 3-season tents for adventurours campers

10 super cool 3-season tents for adventurours campers

Three-season tents are versatile shelters designed for the varying conditions of spring, summer, and fall. They are lighter than four-season tents, making them ideal for backpackers and casual campers who trek in milder weather. While these tents aren’t built for...

How to plan a backcountry glamping trip

How to plan a backcountry glamping trip

Traditional backcountry camping isn't for everybody. But now that glamping is such a huge trend, you no longer have to plan a trip that requires you to be roughin' it through the wilderness. Glamping? Glamping is a portmanteau of "glamorous" and "camping," referring...

22 insanely helpful tips for camping in the snow

22 insanely helpful tips for camping in the snow

As Canadians, two months of the year is never enough of a camping season. Believe it or not, the best time to go camping is any time—as long as you're prepared! We camp in snow, slush, sleet, and ice—even when the temperatures have plummeted well below freezing. In...

A few helpful tips for camping in December

A few helpful tips for camping in December

Camping in December comes with its own set of challenges and rewards. You’re trading in buzzing crowds for the tranquil silence of a winter wonderland. With the right planning, you can enjoy the brisk beauty without the frostbite. Think toasty fires, warm drinks, and...

What to do if your backpack zipper gets stuck

What to do if your backpack zipper gets stuck

We've all been there—you're about to head out the door, you grab your backpack, and bam, the zipper's stuck. It's frustrating when you can't access your essentials because your trusty zipper has decided to jam. Don't let a stuck zipper throw a wrench in your plans....

What to do with a wet tent when backpacking

What to do with a wet tent when backpacking

Packing up a wet tent can dampen your spirits as much as your gear. It's a common scenario when backpacking, especially when the weather decides to throw you a curveball. You've woken up to a soggy tent; now what? Don't worry, you've got options to keep everything...

How to prevent backpack sweat

How to prevent backpack sweat

Ever found yourself peeling off a backpack as if it's a second, sweat-soaked skin? Yeah, we've all been there. You're out embracing nature, feeling like a modern-day explorer, only to discover that your back has turned into a mini sauna. Not exactly the cool,...

How to make your hiking boots more comfortable

How to make your hiking boots more comfortable

Ever felt like your hiking boots are conspiring against you, plotting a blister uprising with every step you take on a backpacking trip? You're not alone. We've all been there, trudging along the trail, daydreaming about kicking off those treacherous boots and going...

How to pack your backpack for a backpacking trip

How to pack your backpack for a backpacking trip

Are you dreading the thought of packing your backpack for an upcoming backpacking trip? Packing for a longer journey can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time going on one. You may be wondering what essentials to bring and how to fit it all in, without...

How to go backpacking

How to go backpacking

Backpacking is an incredible adventure that rewards you with unforgettable experiences in the great outdoors. It's your chance to escape the chaos of everyday life and fully immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Why backpacking is worth it Here's why you...

110 of the best foods to bring winter camping

110 of the best foods to bring winter camping

There are a lot of advantages to taking food winter camping. For instance, the outdoors is a natural refrigerator or freezer! Winter is also a time to chow down on hearty, warming foods that give you energy. Some tips for selecting and packing food for winter camping:...

Tips on how to go ultralight winter camping

Tips on how to go ultralight winter camping

The challenging part about trying to go ultralight with winter camping is that winter gear is typically heavier and bulkier so that it can withstand the elements. We learned this the hard way after investing in a 30-pound canvas hot tent along with a 30-pound stove to...

How to camp under a tarp in winter

How to camp under a tarp in winter

Tarp camping isn't for everyone, but then again, neither is winter camping. Both have their pros and cons, and those who choose to combine them are typically the ones who are the most adventurous and resilient in the outdoors. If you've ever thought about trying to...

How to go winter camping with dogs

How to go winter camping with dogs

We went winter camping with 31 dogs for 10 days. No, really! We did. They were Alaskan husky sled dogs, to be more specific. Over the course of our expedition, we quickly learned that the dogs always came first. We had to: Hook them up to our sleds Constantly untangle...

The best stoves for winter camping

The best stoves for winter camping

I'm pretty sure we own at least 8 to 10 camp stoves—all of which are different styles and of varying quality. When it comes to winter camping, a stove is a must not only for cooking your food, but also potentially for keeping you warm. If you're backpacking, you're...

How to pack for winter camping

How to pack for winter camping

Packing for a winter camping trip is a lot different than packing for a summer or three-season trip. The gear is more specialized for winter temperatures and weather conditions, making it heavier and bulkier. You also just tend to need a lot more stuff to stay warm...

45 of the best camping gifts for kids in 2023

45 of the best camping gifts for kids in 2023

Camping is a great family activity that all ages can enjoy, and if you have kids, you've probably thought about what they could use to support their adventurous, outdoorsy spirit. There are all sorts of incredible toys, gadgets, books, and games designed to get kids...

How to winter camp

How to winter camp

One of the most amazing ways to experience nature is by winter camping. That's right—camping...in a tent...in winter! We've been winter campers for more than three years now, camping in extreme cold temperatures as low as -40°F/-40°C and in locations as remote as the...

45 of the best camping gifts for couples in 2023

45 of the best camping gifts for couples in 2023

As a couple who goes camping together, we're the type of people who can really appreciate a thoughtful gift we can both use on our trips. Camping is a great couples activity, but it can be challenging to find gear or accessories that can benefit two people in a...