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Bucket List | Classics | Health & Fitness | Sports & Leisure | Travel

Walk or pilgrimage, it’s all one step at a time

By BOB FOULKES Two months ago, I walked the Camino Frances, a well tramped thousand-year-old Catholic pilgrimage trail, a stroll of about 800 kilometres, from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago, Spain. Catholic pilgrims pay homage to Saint James whose bones are said to be buried in Santiago’s cathedral. The rest of us... read more

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Up and up and up: a trek to Everest Base Camp

By ZAHID MAKHDOOM Imagine a vacation where you must keep a military schedule: pack your complete “kit” by no later than 5:50 a.m., have your breakfast by 6 a.m. and then hit the “road” by 7 in order to get to some destination you may have read about in the tour books or may have... read more

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Bucket List | Sports & Leisure | Travel

Brio in Rio

  By BOB FOULKES One of the attractions of exploring South America is immediate. Flying north to south minimizes the dreaded time zone effect, overnight flights allow some sleep, flying into summer in the southern hemisphere from rain soaked Vancouver after a long cold wet winter all contribute to a joyful arrival in Rio. I’m... read more

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Money | Sports & Leisure

Scalping: Who’s the chump?

 By BOB FOULKES I’m not a passionate fan of NFL football, but Sunday afternoons in the fall seem to be defined by a lazy afternoon with the New York Times and the early and late games on TV. Sunday and Monday evenings are good too. And a game seems to be showing up on Thursday... read more

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Bucket List | Health & Fitness | Sports & Leisure

Get out there and delay that gratification. You’ll be happy you did

  By BOB FOULKES There is an old saying that “once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern.” I observed three events this summer that happened so close together that I see a pattern emerging. Three people close to me voluntarily spent long periods of time, committed significant effort... read more

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Food & Drink | Sports & Leisure | Tackle & Gear | Technology

Barbecue this, hotshot

Think you’re a grilling gorilla with your dinky little store-bought Weber? Well, man-up. Get out your tools and build yourself a real guy’s grill. read more

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Bucket List | Catch & Release | Fish Stories | Food & Drink | Sports & Leisure | Tackle & Gear

Fishing wisdom, or: ‘Would it be possible to get a little crisp bacon and Drambuie on my oatmeal porridge?’

  By AL WIGGAN For those who have been introduced to this breakfast delight, it wouldn’t seem out of place asking such a question of a waiter in a five-star hotel in Cape Town or Edinburgh, but it did open the bleary eyes of my 6 a.m. companions at Peregrine Fishing Lodge in one of... read more

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Bucket List | Health & Fitness | Sports & Leisure | Travel

10 keys to a great adventure

By BOB FOULKES I got hooked on adventure during an eight-day Outward Bound trek in the wilds of British Columbia north of Whistler. Since then I have completed a 77-km struggle along the Westcoast Trail on Vancouver Island, the 53-kilometre Chilkoot Trail in B.C., made famous by the Klondike Gold rush, and the 154-kilometre West... read more

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Sports & Leisure | Tackle & Gear | Wheels

Get your head into this

Just when you thought there were no new ideas for motorcycle helmets (well, you did, didn’t you?) along comes free enterprise and creates a need where none existed. We especially like the, er, bottom one.   read more

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Bucket List | Family | Sports & Leisure | Travel | Vignettes | Wheels

Riding shotgun

  By BOB FOULKES There comes a time for every guy to  — literally and metaphorically — put his son in the driver’s seat. I love road trips. Men in a car, a full tank of gas, the open road, driving music, roadside diners, no eye contact and no schedule. It is a formula celebrated... read more