It was easy crossing rivers on the ascent, yet the descents were darn dangerous

Mountain Rivers - The Ups and Downs

by Bruce Watts

Spring hiking in the mountains has lots of surprises. Dangerous surprises. This doesn't include the hungry bears emerging from hibernations, nor the swarms of thirsty black-flies in the hunt for their first taste of blood. Likely the most deadly of mountain dangers are the cold, fast and unpredictable rivers.

Several decades ago while on my first spring backpacking trip in the high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, I learned this truth the hard way.

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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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During "SNOT" season, the pollen can could grief to folks with our without allergies.

SNOT - The 2nd Season of Spring

by Bruce Watts

There is only so much you can do during allergy season... or as I refer to it... SNOT season!

Every spring while the trees vomit their pollen... I suffer.  My nose drips like a leaky faucet, my lungs fill with fleme. My muscous membranes are working in overload creating an a abundance of SNOT. My energy level slags, and my puffy red watery eyes resemble the undead! 

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Water bottle pack pockets can be dangerous... keep your precious loads safe :)
Water bottle pack pockets can be dangerous... keep your precious loads safe :)

Pack Pockets are Dangerous

by Bruce Watts

Not really ... but bare with me as I share my backwood's tale of woe.

Carrying water in the backwoods is always a challenge.

Water is the heaviest item in your pack at 1 kilogram per litre, yet likely the most important! So when it comes to water, there are loads of questions and a zillion different answers, and every wanna-be campologist has an opinion!  How do you carry the world's most valuable resource? Where do I get it? How do I ensure its safe? Do zombies drink water? ... and how do Urban Cougars survive only drinking Cosmo Cocktails?

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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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Winter camping can be both glorious and deadly - be prepared.

Winter Camping Tips

by Bruce Watts

Camping during the biting cold months of winter is FUN 😀. 

This is something you don’t hear very often. The more common response from the average sterile, dirt avoiding, carbon emitting city slicker is…. “are you $%*#@# crazy!”

I very well may be crazy, however not because I choose to venture out into a glorious winter wonderland and spend an few cozy crisp nights with a close friend in a snow cave or tent. 

When you are equipped with the right gear, knowledge and a positive attitude…. winter camping simply put… is glorious. 

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cold weather photography
Bring a waterproof/air tight bag for your camera

Cold Weather Photography

by Bruce Watts

Taking photos in the summer is soooo provincial. Now try taking your favourite camera into the winter wilds. The environment will play havoc with both your equipment and the quality of your pics. As everyone who adventures to the great outdoors during the winter knows ... the scenery and photo opportunities can be stunning.

There is no need to stop taking pictures just because it is cold outside. Here are some simple tips and tricks to ensure your camera is ready when you are.

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