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So were terrible at posting things this year. We make no apologies. Men never do things when they are supposed to. 

We had the awesome opportunity to be on the Candy Palmater Show a few months back to talk about our Moose attack story

Turn up the volume and listen to the interview here. It’s not lengthy, don’t worry. 

Huge thanks to Candy for having us. She is awesome to talk to. We had so much fun! First radio segment… next up, world domination!

Aside postManCamping Wrecking Crew May 2-4 Camping Trip Day 2

ManCamping Wrecking Crew Trip Day 2

The saga continues from Day 1… (Read Here)

We get up, break camp and get ready for a grueling 3 km paddle. We even skipped breakfast. 3km… I don’t know… without breakfast this could be tricky. It was about 1.5km to the first portage which was great, a nice dock on either end, wide open walking path, even the giant fricken hoard of mosquitoes was nice enough to come and help carry the canoes for us. Wow! Talk about bug central. After a quick re-entry we were paddling down a small creek? River? Stream built from beaver damns? Yup… that last one fits perfectly. We bottomed out and lifted over, for about a click or two. Reaching the next portage, it was even buggier that the last. We put the boats into the water in record time and got out into the lake before having a smoke break. We wanted to let the bastards leave before they could follow us to our site. After all, we had no reached the point of our journey. Lol a whole 5km ish paddle to a beautiful open site on Cox Lake. We came a shore and went straight for the bacon and eggs.

I will leave out every little detail of the next two days, as there was a lot of scotch, beer, whiskey, apple whiskey (definitely not the same as whiskey Bender), and I believe some rum in there as well.

Just after breakfast, we started into the scotch. Surprise plot twist for ManCamping! By 11 am, we were all gastoinked. Gastoinked to the point that brad fell asleep in his little camping chair, fell out of it, and just went back to sleep, waking up more drunk then he was before his nap.

Johnny ManCamping – 3 or 9 Scotch’s in.

ManCamping - Life Jacket Seating. Only the finest for us!

ManCamping – Life Jacket Seating. Only the finest for us!

Caillou got a new Buff!

Caillou got a new Buff!

The epic-ally cold Life Jacket Diaper Float. You can float, drink, and relax. We patented it.

The epic-ally cold Life Jacket Diaper Float. You can float, drink, and relax. We patented it.

Bender and I tried our hand at fishing from shore, with relatively no success. Bender had asked me if I wanted to try fishing for our food instead of bringing it. Good thing I didn’t listen to him considering he was too lazy to buy some fishing gear for the trip. Even more so a good thing we didn’t try it, as Brad had built us a shoreline live well to keep our fish in that instantly let out every fish we put in it. Well done boys, we’ll all tip our hats to that failure.

The rest of the day, after we sobered up a little, was spent getting hammered again, as well as an extremely cold life jacket diaper float in the lake with sexy beard flips included.

ManCamping Sexy Beard Flip

If this isn’t sexy, I don’t know what is.

We even had a pair of snakes that wouldn’t leave the campsite. Don’t ask us what they were, our snake identification skills are lacking to say the least. After warning the snake multiple times, he was eventually pee’d on. Yup we pee’d on a snake. Think that got the message across? Ya we know someone is going to hate on us for it, but it was better then stepping on him on the way into the lake. He/She got the message. The snake that got pee'd on

The lake was relatively quiet for a May long weekend, but we weren’t complaining. We finally met a group of guys that came past our camp site at about 6pm. They were obviously new to camping, which is ok as everyone needs to start somewhere. But WOW, these guys had taken about 6 or 7 hours to do the same paddle we did in about 3. They even portaged those lovely orange bags of firewood. They politely asked how long the next portage was and groaned when were told them it was about 1200m. They attempted it, left their boats half way, and came back to camp at the portage. We have officially coined the term “Camping at the portage” now.

Camping at the portage: Noun & Verb

                Definition: To give up.

Used in a sentence: Are you going to finish that beer or are you just camping at the portage?

 

At one point, we actually setup our drinks and blatantly watched these guys attempt camping. But the story only gets better the next day. The rest of the night was spent laughing around the campfire with, of course, a few more drinks.

Stay tuned for Day 3!

Aside postManCamping Wrecking Crew May 2-4 Camping Trip Day 1

ManCamping Launch

So I finally broke down and I am going to write the story of the ManCamping May 2-4 long weekend trip. As I tried to tell you before, SOMEONE was supposed to write it, but they didn’t and our manly stubbornness is getting in the way of your enjoyment. So here is a little lunch time short story for you about our trip to Cox Lake. Yup… you read that right. ManCamping went to Cox Lake.

The idea was to get away for the first long weekend of the summer and get paddling. Pretty simple right? Not so much for all of us. Johnny, actually had to send his wife off to Iceland for the weekend, AND THEN find someone to watch the non-campable dog before he was “allowed” to go. Sorry Johnny, it needed to be written.  After completing this task, we still needed to get Brad out of work early on the Friday.  This did not end so successfully.  Johnny and I, took off mid-afternoon to make sure that we arrived in Peterborough before Wild Rock Outfitters closed. Yes the other two lads (Brad and Bender aka Caillou) that were with us, needed to rent a boat and weren’t going to make it on time.

Guess what Johnny and I did to kill three hours till they showed up? We went for a pint and some wings!

ManCamping Beers

We don’t promote drinking and boating, but one beer over a 3 or 4 hour period is not going to make a difference. We spent most of those three hours convincing Brad via Facebook, that he should “Shit his pants” to get himself out of work early. No one wants you around if you have shit your pants. He would be allowed to leave and we would have been on our way. But no, Brad wouldn’t concede to shitting his pants.  We even have a rule in our circle of friends, it’s called the “Cashing Your Ticket” rule. Once a year you get a ticket…. to, of course, shit your pants. Free of ridicule (Sort of).  But you only get one… so I guess we can’t blame Brad for not wanting to cash his in in May. What happens if there is an accident in the last 7 months of the year? The best time to cash said ticket is actually during the New Year’s countdown. You’ll have a new ticket in 10 seconds or less. We’re getting off topic here.

ManCamping Dusk LaunchBrad and Bender finally showed up, and off we went. By the time we got moving, hit a store for smokes and drove to the launch point.. It was dark. Shocker. This is the exact same crew of guys that did the Pirate Island trip last year, launching at 11:30 at night. So as you can guess… we launched. This time it wasn’t so bad, we could still paddle by ambient light for about a half hour. Which is really all we needed to get to our first night site on Long Lake. Just past the first portage.

ManCamping

Johnny and Scot of ManCamping. This is from Day 2, but were terrible at remembering take photos so we don’t have many from Day 1 lol. Photo by Brad Roylance

I should also mention that Brad decided he would throw out a challenge to me on Instagram before we left, that he and Bender would out paddle me and Johnny as they were younger and wouldn’t tire as easily. I suggested that our experience would overtake them. We were both right. Brad and Bender covered enough water to lap the entire lake 4 times over. Johnny and I just kind of watched them go back and forth behind our boat the entire first day. Picture a drunken Shriner trying to drive a little clown car drunk. That’s the best way I can describe it. Technically they would have won this race, if they could figure out how to steer the damn ship.

We barely setup camp before the drinks came out and Johnny became a shit disturber. On the ride to Peterborough, Johnny told me all about his plan to start arguments about politics, unions, etc. with a ten word aggravating sentence. It worked. Specifically because Brad and I don’t see eye to eye on anything. But it all works out because we love to argue and because Brad can’t possibly keep up an argument against my brilliant mind. (See what happens when I write the story?J). We all have a little more to drink than we thought, fall into our respective tents and get some shut eye.

I’m breaking this up into a few different posts… It turns out, it is longer than a short story. When idiots get together. There is a lot tell you about.

Aside postUpcoming Canada Day Weekend Stupidity

ManCamping Floating Island

It’s been too quiet around here lately. This is not an apology for that, were men, we will get around to things when we get around to them damn it! We’ve been busy lol.

We have been out only twice this year on canoeing trips which we will tell you all about soon enough. The reason it hasn’t been posted yet, is because of manly stubbornness. SOMEONE, and I wont name names here, but someone agreed to do the write up (While hammered of course) and hasn’t done it yet! You know who you are!

Anyways, I just though I would post this in anticipation of our upcoming Canada Day stupidity. The following photograph is the newly purchased ManCamping Flotilla (with built in cooler and cup holders!). This will be our sole vessel for three people on our trip this weekend. Yes, we are taking a floating, inflatable island on a camping trip. Mrs ManCamping, Eric Bender and I will all be in attendance.

Leak Testing the new ManCamping Watercraft

Leak Testing the new ManCamping Watercraft

The regular ManCamping craft (Our canoe) is currently in the shop with the Complete Paddler. Stay tuned for that story as well. We may not have a canoe, but nothing stops ManCamping. Put a few of us together, add beer and ask us to solve a problem… it will get done.

ManCamping Floating Island

Wish us luck.

ManCamping

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