Hiking the Bruce Trail – Notes from the Trail

  Every foray outside one’s home brings with it the possibility of adventure and danger.  This excursion was no different. Our journey took us from the Southern end of the Bruce Trail (in Queenston Heights […]

Hiking the Bruce Trail – Outline & Preparations

Later this month, I will be hiking the Southern half of the Bruce Trail (Queenston to Collingwood) covering ~450km in about 2 weeks. To that end, I have been making lists, assembling gear, organizing and […]

Top-notch Kydex: A Review of Gray Fox Strategic Kydex gear.

A short while after starting Tactical Beaver, we travelled to Ottawa to be guests on the Jody Mitic Podcast and to do a bit of community building.  It was then I met Eric, Owner of […]

After Action Report: Covert Entry Concepts – Toronto

On the weekend of 28-29-30 July, 2017, True North Tradecraft hosted the first-ever offering of The CORE Group’s Covert Entry Concepts course in Toronto.  We had 9 students, an excellent venue, great food and of […]

Kennedy Tactical Concepts – Masterclass Pt. 2

(*all images courtesy of Kennedy Tactical Concepts – I had my hands full) (*for more information on KTC and training, click here). This is part 2 in a series documenting my involvement in the Kennedy […]

Kennedy Tactical Concepts – Masterclass Pt. 1

  I want to talk about a new option for Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area (and sometimes abroad). Kennedy Tactical Concepts is a newly opened self-defence school operated in Toronto by TJ Kennedy.  TJ has […]

The Importance of Building Skills Over Relying on Gear

When it comes to new gear, we all feel the burn in our wallets to get our hands on the latest and greatest.  And of course, if it’s improved over the previous version, it must […]

Personal Skills and Group Contribution: Why Community is important to your survival and resilience.

No matter how good you are, how skilled, how knowledgeable, at some point you will reach an obstacle you will need help with.  This applies to survival, escape and evasion, operations and regular day-to-day life. […]

The Importance of Fitness in Personal Resilience

A topic I tend not to hear or read about very much is the fitness in every-day preparedness.  Sure, there are plenty of opinions on gear to carry, the kinds of shoes you should wear, […]

Safety in Crowds and During Events

  Happy 150th Canada! Today we will look at how to be a bit safer when attending large events and being in crowds.  As we all head out for the festivities this weekend, we will […]