About Mama Bear

About Mama Bear


I am Karen. Also affectionately called Mama Bear.  I am the owner, creator and author of Mama Bear’s Backpack. www.mamabearsbackpack.ca, Mama Bear’s Backpack on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/c/MamaBearsBackpack  and www.mamabearsbackpack.xyz, also known as Mama Bears Changing Life.

As Mama Bear I am often out playing in the woods in one way or another. Backpacking, hiking, harvesting wild edibles, any adventure I can find. Depending on the decade I either was digging clay and picking wild strawberries in the undeveloped land not far from my childhood home, camping in a tent or RV or throwing a pack on and hiking or canoeing into the backcountry.

I am Karen.  I am a 50-year-old divorced mom of 3 young adults and Mama Bear to a dozen others.  I’ve taken several, various groups camping, hiking, or backcountry camping with me over the years.  The way I see it,  a lot of people are drawn to the water, lakes, beaches, fishing, boating, water skiing and all those cool things.  But for me, It’s Trees!  I have to be out in the trees.  It’s almost like it recharges my battery.  I get such a psychological re-balancing from being surrounded by the site, smell, and sound of the trees.

I can be mesmerized by a leaf caught in a spiders web.  I can be paused by the texture of the bark of any tree.  I love the unmistakable fragrance of a cedar, or pine needles covering the forest floor.  The wind through the branches and the birds singing, and everything else is silent.  Ahh, Heaven on Earth.

What brings me here.

Over the decades of being out in the trees, I have learned a few things.  I always have something to teach or share with the people in the group.  Being a single mom for almost 10 years, the group dynamics have shifted about a few times, but there is always something we learn from each other along the way. Wet matches, no newspapers left, wind, cold, bugs, toddlers, teenagers, staggering long weekend celebrants, forgotten items.  Yeah, whatever the adversity, I’ve likely seen a lot of it. (except critical injuries, and I am not inviting that)

Care to join me as I recall some fond memories, and share what I have learned?  From packing gear for adults, infants, and toddlers in a tent or RV to several days of food and gear into our backpacks for a hike.  I would love to share my stories and lessons learned.

Feel free to ask any question in the comment section.  I would be more than happy to reply and find an answer if I don’t know.

Come on!  I wanna go play in the woods!


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