Hey, I’m Thomas. Want more adventure in your life?

I want to help you become more comfortable, confident, and connected in the great outdoors.

Whether in Canada or beyond, I’ve always enjoyed exploring. The knowledge and skills I’ve gained over the years have been invaluable for me. Through sharing experiences and insights, Out and Across will help you find more ideas, inspiration, and know-how for your own outdoor adventures.

I can’t always be out and about (sadly…). But the next best thing to exploring is talking about past experiences with others, right? Maybe it will inspire your next step!

9 Things You Should Probably Know About Me

1. I’m a Bluenoser: I grew up in Nova Scotia right next to the beautiful Bay of Fundy (highest tides in the world!). I spent hours on the beach, and loved searching for crabs and starfish…. still do.

2. Canoeing makes me Canadian: Ok, not entirely… but I do love canoeing. I’ve done several multi-day trips on rivers and lakes, and was a Paddle Canada canoe instructor for seven seasons at summer camp.

3. I’m a Bluenoser in the Rockies: I now live in Calgary and often head out to the Rocky Mountains. Fun fact: I was terrified of grizzlies when I first arrived in Western Canada, but I’ve since learned to manage my fear and enjoy the grandeur of the mountains!

4. I’ve never been on a roller coaster: Life’s all the roller coaster I need!

5. My first plane ride was Halifax to Nairobi: I was 18-years-old when I first visited Kenya, and I’ve since travelled in 13 countries and counting (including North Korea).

6. I have degrees in sociology and international development: I’ve been working in the international nonprofit sector for the past 6+ years.

7. I enjoy gear talk: When I was in grad school, I worked part-time at SAIL outdoor store in Ottawa. Ahhhh, I miss pro deals…

8. I’ve driven across Canada—more than once: There’s so much to do in this big and beautiful country. I usually find the good ice cream spots, too!

9. I like being outside all year round: In the summer, you’ll often find me camping, hiking, biking, or paddling, and in the winter I enjoy XC skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking.

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No matter the adventure, there’s one thing I know: preparation and the right attitude will make all the difference. Good gear also never hurts. Whether you’re planning your first backcountry camping trip or travelling to a new-to-you country, you can learn how to have more adventure in your life.

Do you run into barriers when it comes to spending more time outdoors? Maybe not enough time, energy, money, or skill? These challenges are real, but they’re not insurmountable. When it comes down to priorities, sometimes our biggest challenge is ourselves. I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets in my own way.

In light of all this, I hope Out and Across becomes a go-to resource to make outdoor adventure easier, more accessible, and more fun for everyone—especially if you’re just starting out.

Keep an eye on Out and Across for useful information and inspiration. I’ll continue to seek more adventure in my own life. Will you?

I’m glad you stumbled upon Out and Across. If you have any questions or comments, send me an email (I read and respond to every one). You can also find me on Facebook or Instagram (or whatever social media you prefer!). I’d love to stay in touch.

Alright—that’s enough self promotion for now. See you out there!

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