The Nith is the little sister of Southwestern Ontario’s Grand River. It’s the sibling that’s prettier, more graceful, calmer, slender and has a much more subtle charm about her. She also gets less attention–and that’s a good thing. As a youngster growing up in Milton, Ontario—once a farm community rather than an extension of the city of Toronto—I paddled a lot of rivers in Southwestern Ontario. The Credit, Thames, Big Creek. But never the Nith. I haven’t the sweetest clue why.
My annual seven-day fall backpacking trip with college students turned into a mere four-day trek, due to the Ontario colleges going on strike. The students still had quality time in the bush, distance was made with heavy loads strapped to their backs and the late season’s cool nights and rainy days challenged even the most hardy participants. Overall, however, it was just an OK trip. It definitely wasn’t epic.
My latest book was just released: Complete Guide to Winter Camping. It’s book number 16 for me. I’m quite thrilled about it all; even more so since the topic is something I truly enjoy—winter camping! The book covers all styles of winter camping, from cold camping in a four-season tent to pitching a hot tent with a woodstove. Quinzee building, hammock camping and snow caves are also covered. There are tips on choosing a sleeping system, warm clothing, staying cozy at night and travelling safe.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".