Bruce Hikes the Bruce Trail

by Bruce “Dudley” 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 “Dudley” 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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Many tents in the rain
Your tent protects you, so protect her!

Storing Your Tent

by Bruce “Dudley” 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 “Dudley” 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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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 “Dudley” 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 “Dudley” 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 “Dudley” 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
C Talk

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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Campologist Talk

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

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