Ross Burley

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Ross has over five years of experience with backcountry canoe tripping and winter hot tent camping.

Along with his wife Elise, he’s traveled thousands of kilometres of freshwater shorelines and rivers, spending about one full month on average out of the year camping in the wilderness.

As avid gear guy, Ross has spent countless hours researching, acquiring, and testing top-of-the-line products on multiple camping trips.

When he’s not working his day job as the owner of a kitchen cabinetry business, he’s looking at one (or multiple) maps from his large Ontario backcountry collection, planning new trip ideas and building routes.

Ross is also an amateur wildlife and nature photographer and videographer.

He has 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 Ross

17 of the best Canadian wilderness books

17 of the best Canadian wilderness books

When I'm not out exploring the wilderness on one of our epic canoe trips, I'm often inside reading books featuring the stories, experiences, and lessons from other adventurers. I read almost every night, finding inspiration in these tales of perseverance and self...

10 of the best hot tents for winter camping

10 of the best hot tents for winter camping

Winter camping can be a thrilling experience, but it can also be a freezing one if you don't have the right gear. You can get away with using a four-season or five-season tent in the winter, but our first choice is always a hot tent. We bought our hot tent two years...

Onewind hammock review: My experience using it

Onewind hammock review: My experience using it

I’m a traditional tent camper when it comes to my sleep system, but I can also appreciate a really good camping hammock. For me, a hammock is one of those luxury items I’ll bring if I plan on base-camping for at least a couple of days. There’s nothing quite like...

How to go camping with contact lenses

How to go camping with contact lenses

Contact lenses are easy enough to apply and remove when you have access to modern amenities like a full-sized mirror, indoor lighting, and running water and soap. But when you're out backpacking or camping, it can be a lot trickier. I often wear my glasses just out of...

How to stake a tent on hard ground

How to stake a tent on hard ground

The best thing about camping is you get to camp in all sorts of different environments. New environments often mean new terrain, including a more solid ground that isn't as easy to stake a tent into compared to a softer ground like grass, sand, or dirt. Your standard...

What is a sleeping bag liner, and how do you choose one?

What is a sleeping bag liner, and how do you choose one?

Sleeping bag liners are an optional piece of sleep gear that can be added to a sleeping bag. They basically look like a thin sheet of fabric in the same shape of a sleeping bag so that they can fit right inside. Once placed inside your sleeping bag, you can get in and...

When is the best time to buy camping gear on sale?

When is the best time to buy camping gear on sale?

Camping gear can be expensive. If you're planning to camp on a budget, you'll want to know when the best time of year to buy camping gear is, and ideally when it goes on sale. Elise and I have spent far more money on gear than we'd like to admit, but we've gotten...

How to portage a canoe (a step-by-step guide)

How to portage a canoe (a step-by-step guide)

A canoe is an incredible vessel that can take you places you never thought possible. But when your journey takes you beyond the reach of the water, you'll need to know how to portage your canoe. What does it mean to "portage" a canoe? Portaging is the act of carrying...

3-season vs. 4-season tents: What’s the difference?

3-season vs. 4-season tents: What’s the difference?

For most people who get into camping, one of the first things to figure out is a tent and sleep system But understanding the difference between a three-season vs. four-season tent can be confusing when you start getting into the details. What is a 3-season tent vs. a...

What is a 4-season tent, and do you really need one?

What is a 4-season tent, and do you really need one?

You’ve heard of three-season tents… but what is a four-season tent? And do you really need one? “Four-season” suggests that it can be used no matter what time of the year it is. But what does that actually mean? What makes a tent 4-season? A four-season tent is...

What is a 3-season tent? How to choose the right one

What is a 3-season tent? How to choose the right one

There are lots of different tents out there. If you’ve been led to believe that you need a three-season tent for your camping trips, you may be wondering… what is a three-season tent, anyway? The term implies that it can be used for three out of the four...

Is it safe to use a heater in a tent?

Is it safe to use a heater in a tent?

Whether you’re camping in the shoulder seasons (spring or fall), braving winter’s chill, or even just experiencing below normal temperatures in the summer, having an extra heat source in your tent can make all the difference. But is it safe to use a heater...

What’s the best canoe for a camping trip?

What’s the best canoe for a camping trip?

We used to think that our 16-foot fibreglass Prospector was the best canoe for a camping trip. And it was… until it wasn’t. There are a lot of different types of canoes out there—all of which are designed for different purposes. As our canoe tripping style changed and...

How to set up a tarp for camping

How to set up a tarp for camping

When Elise and I were just starting out, we had no idea how to set up a tarp for camping in the backcountry. Our tarp set-ups would always end up lopsided, with at least one loose side that we could never figure out how to keep taut. The set-up process was always such...

Canoe camping food barrels: Everything you need to know

Canoe camping food barrels: Everything you need to know

The first time Elise and I went on a canoe camping trip, we didn’t even know what a canoe camping food barrel was. We did, however, notice several other canoe campers carrying them. We didn’t even have waterproof packs. Needless to say, everything got soaked once...

How to choose a sleeping bag temperature rating

How to choose a sleeping bag temperature rating

Knowing how to choose a sleeping bag with the right temperature rating can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep or a bad night’s sleep—and in extreme cases, it can even mean the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, you can’t always take a...

SPOT Gen4 review: Our first satellite GPS messenger

SPOT Gen4 review: Our first satellite GPS messenger

Once we decided to try backcountry camping, we knew we wanted to do everything in our power to be as safe as possible, which meant investing in a personal locator beacon or satellite messenger in case we ever found ourselves in trouble. After a fair amount of research...

Bushbox XL titanium stove review: Worth it or not?

Bushbox XL titanium stove review: Worth it or not?

When Elise and I started camping, we decided to get a fuel canister stove since it seemed like the most practical option. It wasn’t until we noticed someone in a YouTube video using what they called a “twig stove” that led to do a little bit more research into stove...