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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Drinking in the backwoods - DANGER - Thelon River, NWT 2005

Backwoods Boozin'

by Bruce Watts

Drinking in the backwoods has it's challenges.

Enjoying an adult beverage at the end of a long day paddling, can be a well earned guilty pleasure. When you are 3 days from your car, and lounging on a rock overlooking a beautiful pristine lake….it is very hard to describe the cocky decadence that blankets your body as that first sip of bargain merlot warms your guts. 

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The 1st season of spring is "Muck"

The 3 Seasons Of Spring

by Bruce Watts

I'm not crazy (I know that's what all crazy people say).

I truly know there are 7 days in the week, 12 months in the year, and 24 hours in the day (except for Canadian metric time of course) but when it comes to the 4 seasons, I take some liberties. I have created several sub seasons to the traditional spring, summer, winter and fall.

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Many tents in the rain
Your tent protects you, so protect her!

Storing Your Tent

by Bruce Watts

You count on your tent for protection, so store her properly during the winter and ensure its longer life and continued performance. Take care of her, and she will take care of you!

The summer is over and the fall will quickly flash by. With much painful anguish you reluctantly realize it’s time to pack up your camping gear for the winter.  Let’s discuss the best ways to store your nylon gold for the season… that precious tent!

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Bruce showing a toad to Aubrey
Bruce showing a toad to Aubrey

Camping With Kids

by Bruce Watts

As a father I discovered something my father knew, ALL kids like nature and camping.

No matter how young,  children totally explode with joy when touching mud, splashing in ponds and absorbing the drama of a centipede crossing a leaf.

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the pee bottle will save you from bugs and frost
the pee bottle will save you from bugs and frost

Pee In Your Tent

by Bruce Watts

To pee or not to pee, that is the question.

Deep in the woods and you suddenly wake up to a subtile calling from your bladder, it's time to pee. You resist and try to go back to sleep. You don't want to leave the warmth and comfort of your cozy sleeping bag. It has taken some time to settle in and toast up the bag, and now you must leave it to wander into the cold, dark, bug infested night to pee. Every bone in you body resists, but your bladder is starting to create an uncomfortable pressure. Eventually you have no choice... nature calls and you must answer.

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