Think of those who selflessly serve us this Christmas

A Canadian Soldier’s Christmas

by Bruce Watts

This post has nothing to do with camping - just a simple poem posted in honour of the man and women whom protect us selflessly without any expectation of thanks. Please pause after your turkey dinner and think about all the good people who have made great sacrifices this year, so you could be safe and secure this Christmas!

A Canadian Soldier’s Christmas

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and cherish the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
 
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Zombies are very slow in the winter, but they are still very dangerous!

Winter Zombies

by Bruce Watts

I have camped in far-away places, in harsh climates with the strangest of camping partners, but there’s no greater challenge than winter camping during a zombie apocalypse!

And there are benefits as well to camping during nordic zomboid-apocalyptic times. 

While city slicker co-workers are becoming fast food for hungry hordes of mindless zombies, you can quietly dine on dehydrated cuisine in the great outdoors without the uninvited undead.

Camping during the next undead human buffet is one of the safest things to be doing, even safer during the deep freeze of Canada’s winter. Though the zomboid virus effectively kills the human host, zombies still have blood flowing in their rotting veins, and it freezes rock solid when the mercury dips.

So, like frogs, the undead freeze during winter and reanimate with the spring thaw. These stiff stiffs – zom-cicles if you prefer – are rendered benign and easy to avoid. So winter is a joyous time. 

But a caution: Not all zombies become zom-cicles. If they become infected while wearing winter survival gear, quality ski clothing or are trapped in a warm structure such as a Gatineau Park yurt, they may not freeze and will remain a threat. Remain vigilant.

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Buy something special for the Campologist in your life
Buy something special for the Campologist in your life

10 Christmas Gifts for the Campologist

by Bruce Watts

MERRY CHRISTMA… no political, cultural centric, religious proselytizing intended. Just one simple Middle-Aged-Campologist-Christian-Hetero-Sexual-Euro-Canadian attempting to share some joy to whomever is willing to join me.

So if you are inclined to participate in the gift giving tradition during Christmas … we have 10 suggestions for the campologist on your shopping list.

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Hiking with my Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40... there are lighter packs, however very few that have the same capacity, weight load and at this weight
Hiking with my Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40... there are lighter packs, however very few that have the same capacity, weight load and at this weight

What’s In My Pack

by Bruce Watts

Over the years my pack has slowing shrunk... the incredible shrinking pack!

There are a few reasons for this.

Technology - Over time technology has improved the quality of gear, and allowed for a more comfortable camping experience at a greatly reduced weight. Gortex, tent designs, improved fabrics, lighter and stronger alloys, etc. 

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Bruce Hikes the Bruce Trail

by Bruce Watts

I have been thinking about the Bruce Trail for many years now, yet life prevented me from taking the first steps.

When I read Paddling North by Audrey Sutherland, that's when things changed. Audrey's words and stories inspired me. She had a zest for life, an unparallelled tenacity and strength, but it was her philosophy in life that smacked me in the face... “Go simple, go solo, go now,”

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