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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Campologist Talk

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

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