There is a strong connection between mental and physical health with nature
a strong connection between mental and physical health with nature

Camping - Prescription to Health

by Bruce Watts

It’s not a surprise to campers… the great outdoors improves your health. More notably your mental health. Your family doctor will likely agree that your physical and mental health are connected.

The report entitled "The Nurture of Nature: Natural Settings and Their Mental Health Benefits" hosted at “Moodwalks.ca” identifies a strong connection between mental and physical health with nature.

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A “drip filter” is light and easy but the flavour is not as rich
A “drip filter” is light and easy but the flavour is not as rich

Camp Coffee

by Bruce Watts

Sipping on a cup of quality java deep in the backwoods will be one of the richest and most fullfilling experiences you can ever have! Almost biblical!

You are 20 hours from your car, or perhaps a 5 hour float plane flight from the closest electrical outlet, and despite this you are now savouring a mug of the best coffee consumed by any human…ever and anywhere!

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Rough it in Comfort ©

by Bruce Watts

There are those who believe wilderness camping is a rough and arduous pursuit. Not me!

These cynical camp-less folks often think camping should be an uncomfortable experience. Routinely I am lectured by some know-it-all city slicker - who hasn't camped a day in his life - about how camping is all about leaky tents, cold sleeping bags, and armies of biting insects. My short response ... he's WRONG

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Pond Terror
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Terror at Mill Pond

by Tracy Butler

As the Campologist wife, I sometimes feel pressured into the big outdoors. Don’t get me wrong… I love camping, backpacking, car camping, hotel camping… but I am not a paddler.  I prefer to have my feet moving under me with a grounded sense of getting somewhere.  When in a canoe I’m restless and often have a feeling that I have paddled for hours and really haven't got anywhere. When I tell people I don't like canoeing, I get raised eyebrows and the wispy sounds of "really" oozing from their judgemental mouths. I feel like there is something wrong with me.

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the pocket knife  - the "most" essential camping tool

The Pocket Knife

by Bruce Watts

There is something about a good pocket knife that somehow completes me. Perhaps it hard wired into all red blooded homo sapiens.  

The creation of the first knife, or more accurately described as a cutting tool, could in fact have been the evolutionary tipping point that began the human race’s eventual domination of the planet. 

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Bungee Cords of Death

Bungee Cords of Death

by Bruce Watts

When you are camping, there all aways things that need to be strapped up, on or down.  There are so many great options that  are safe and useful… one you never should use is a bungee cord.  

Bungee cords are both, not secure, and dangerous… very dangerous. 

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The tarp is a light weight alternative to a tent

Tepid Tarp

by Bruce Watts

I didn’t die… nor did I sleep!

This is a short, yet painfully accurately reflection of my late fall backpacking trip last weekend. 

It was a beautiful November day in frosty Ontario and I was restless. I desperately needed one last camping trip under my belt before the frost sets rock hard for 4 unforgiving months. Like a kid waiting at the top the stairs on Christmas morning, I vibrated with eager anticipation. 

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Earplugs & a sleep mask is essential gear in my camping kit

Earplugs & Sleep Mask

by Bruce Watts

My “essential” list is small, light and crafted from decades of experience.  Two items that surprise many are ear plugs and a sleep mask. 

My select pile of essential goodies goes with me on every camping trip whether it be a multi-week adventure in the far north or a one day flash into the mountains to cleanse the soul. So why a sleep mask and ear plugs. 

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Ten Tick Tips

by Bruce Watts

With the summer finally here, everyone knows to apply sunscreen, drink plenty of water and to stay within the view of the lifeguards. But the Global Lyme Alliance (GLM) is spreading the word about one of the season’s biggest—but rarely mentioned dangers—the tick. GLM has compiled a list of Top 10 Tick Prevention Tips to help everyone outdoors avoid becoming a victim of these disease carrying menaces.

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Campologist's Wife
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Being the Campologist's Wife

by Tracy Butler

Being the Campologist wife has it's challenges and advantages.  As I have said in my first post, I do like camping and have the Campologist to thank for that. 

I have always been an "outdoorsy girl". My family camped for many summers in 16' travel trailer with a kitchen, comfy bed, and a bathroom nearby. I did go to girl guide camp (although I must admit, I kind of hated it ) and that is about it.

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Campologist Talk

A blog for campers by campers. Bruce is the primary contributor, with regular posts from Tracy and friends.

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