Kevin Callan

Kevin Callan is the author of 16 books, including the bestselling, The Happy Camper and Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss. He is still presenting across North America and has been a key speaker at all major canoe events. Butt End first appeared in Canoeroots magazine 16 years ago. Kevin lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Butt End: The Masochist’s Guide to Portaging

A truly laborious portage isn’t characterized by steepness of grade or total length. It’s what blocks your way that defines how punishing it will be. If the portage has...

Call of the Wireless

 This article by Kevin Callan about camping and wilderness WiFi was first published in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Canoeroots magazine.    Should campers be able to get online...

Canoeing’s Greatest Misadventures

Splattered Sputnik Arctic ecologist Christopher Norment and five partners expected to leave behind the more alienating aspects of modern technology when they set out in 1977 on a two-year...

Skills: The Art of Portaging

Portaging hurts. Whether your are hopping from one lake to another or avoiding a set of nasty rapids, each trail has some potentially painful characteristic: slippery rocks, steep inclines,...

Foolishly Asked Questions

Canoe outfitters have to be a truly patient, knowledgeable and sometime even psychic bunch to answer their clients' quirky questions. Here of some of the oddest inquiries fielded by...

Butt End: Youth at Risk

I think the high school administrator thought I would give up on taking the group of troubled kids out into the wild after I was told the school board...

Butt End: Wild Child

Getting in touch with the wilderness has never been more important—and harder—than in our ultra-connected world. Kevin Callan discusses how to stay untamed in the modern age in this...

Butt End: Sympathy for the Devil

My father always told me never to judge a book by its cover. Well, that’s not exactly what he said. My dad was a professional boxer and he actually...

Butt End: Cheaters Prosper

 It wasn’t for the faint of heart. I sent my paddling mate, Andy, details about the trip I had planned—a 350-kilometer loop around Algonquin Park labeled the Meanest Link. My emails outlined...