Hello world!

Welcome to Mama Bear’s Backpack. I’m Karen,  fondly known as Mama Bear by many friends and young people. I love the outdoors.  Whether it is kayaking, hiking, car camping or a full fledged backpacking trip.  I truly love camping. Here in Ontario I am not tackling any of the wonderful through-hike trails there are in the U.S. But I am taking on Crown Land, and Provincial Parks. Come along with me.  Join the adventure.  Ask Read more…

Itemized Beginners Gear List For Backpacking and Camping

Determined to have that backpacking adventure?  This beginners gear list might help. The few things I can’t stress enough is knowing your area, and safety concerns you need to be aware of, a decent quality backpack with a waist strap, and keeping the load lightweight by the careful selection of each item. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, beginner adventures need to be within your skills and ability range. Orientation Kit: Map of the Read more…