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Chris Istace

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Mindful Explorer
Canada, Outdoors, Simplicity, Travel, Photography, Mindfulness
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Over the recent years I have worked hard at optimizing my families lifestyle around our values regarding personal finance. During this time my approach to frugal living has taken a... The post ECOFrugality – The New Consumer Mindset appeared first on Mindful Explorer. ...
Posted: Nov 28 2019 @ 6:25 PM
Listen to the Mindful Explorer on the Obstacle Course Podcast. A deep dive into mindfulness, financial independence, the outdoors and the environment. The post Obstacle Course Podcast – A Glimpse Into Mindfulness appeared first on Mindful Explorer. ...
Posted: Oct 11 2019 @ 1:39 PM
We must move towards a lifestyle with a bit more voluntary discomfort. To realize how privileged we are and how entitled to our conveniences and comforts we act. To be hyper aware of our ecological footprint. The post Ecological Footprint – Your Privilege is Killing the Planet appeared first on Mindful Explorer. ...
Posted: Oct 03 2019 @ 4:15 PM
There is a growing awareness of ecological footprint of the activities we choose and how we travel. An Eco-tourism based via electric vehicle road trip is now a reality in Southern Alberta. Check out this BucketList AB trip. The post Eco-Tourism Just Got Easier In Southern Alberta appeared first on Mindful Explorer. ...
Posted: Oct 01 2019 @ 3:45 PM
After hearing about the beauty of the Brigade Lake Trail and also having not yet done Klitsa Mountain I put the wheels in motion. Gathering info from blogs, trip reports... The post Hike Brigade Lake Trail to Klitsa Mountain appeared first on Mindful Explorer. ...
Posted: Sep 01 2019 @ 8:05 PM
After countless hikes and climbs on my favourite trails I pretty much have my 3 day backpacking food list dialed in. The key items I pay attention to are lightweight, diverse, flavourful and calorie dense The post Easy 3 Day Backpacking Food List appeared first on Mindful Explorer. ...
Posted: Aug 24 2019 @ 6:09 PM
It is an interesting thing that of which we place so much value in our lives on money. Yes we work to meet our basic needs, from shelter and clothing... The post Mindfulness and Your Money or Your Life appeared first on Mindful Explorer. ...
Posted: Aug 23 2019 @ 5:55 PM
The number one question asked of me is for a backpacking gear list of what I take with me on my alpine backpacking trips. So here is what I pack with me and a full gear list for a typical 3 to 5 day trip for the 3 season weather for spring, summer and fall. The post Backpacking Gear List for 3-5 Day Trip appeared first on Mindful Explorer. ...
Posted: Aug 04 2019 @ 8:39 PM
As trail running grows in popularity as well as the terrain that we run expands luckily so has the shoe technology. The Merrell MTL Cirrus is the result of the company testing new technology, listening to real world feedback from their ambassadors and building on 35 years of experience making great shoes for the outdoors. Lets take a look at the newest offering from Merrell in their fast and light ...
Posted: Jul 24 2019 @ 4:07 PM
In the summer and milder shoulder seasons when venturing into the backcountry we need to be prepared for almost anything. From day hikes to backpacking and climbing I look for... The post Gear Review : Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex Jacket appeared first on Mindful Explorer. ...
Posted: Jul 19 2019 @ 5:58 PM


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