Snowy Drinking – Because I’m not sure if this actually counts as winter camping.
We did camp out for a night, but it was more of a “We need to get out, blow off some steam and try this out” type of trip. My wife Meghan, our buddy Brad and I tagged along on our neighbor Johnny K’s yearly overnight trip to an undisclosed location. It’s undisclosed because I am pretty sure that we were in some grey-area land that is currently under dispute, or maybe we were just plain trespassing. If we were, I’ll call ‘squatter’s rights’ as Johnny K and his boys have been camping there for years. That’ll work right? Stories of locals passive-aggressively writing on car windows with lipstick to show their discontent were shared with me, but women have done much worse to my car than write on it, so I’ll risk it. This trip was a simple Saturday night in the bush for a bonfire, some drinks and a camp out. Continue reading
Have you attempted your first solo camping trip yet? I have, and I am about to tell you the story of it. It went as you might expect… horribly hilarious. It’s pretty much the only way I role.
I went on my solo camping trip a while back (Summer 2014), and now that the temperature in Ontario is feeling like spring, it got me thinking; it is time to tell the tale. You would think that my reasons for doing the trip would be survival, for the thrill, for the skill… but you’d be wrong. My solo camping trip was a result of everyone else being busy, and I wanted to go. Pretty simple. I wanted too, I wanted to see if I could do it, and I wanted to see if I liked it. I enjoy the hell out of my own company so why not? I wanted to head out on a canoe trip, so I started asking around to see who else wanted to go. The wife was busy with working, my family mostly thinks I am nuts for going drinking with the bugs, and some of the regular camping boys were busy with family events. My canoe however, was ready and willing and so was my flask. “Looks like I’m headed out alone”. A man doesn’t stop what he wants to do because of other people! Right? Continue reading
Wolf Lake Trip Report – August Long Weekend 2015
A ManCamping warning: Johnny actually decided to do some work and wrote this trip report about Wolf Lake. This is the unedited version. Have fun.
Route: Matagamasi Lake – Chiniguchi River – Silvester Lake – Wolf Lake
Well, like most of our misadventures, Continue reading
Before we begin this saga of our Algonquin Provincial Park trip, you will need some background…
A few months prior to this trip, a plan was hatched on a Facebook chat between ourselves, “The Tom” and a mutual paddling friend Matt (You may know him as Paddle_In). We decided when we first met and had many drinks almost a year ago, that we needed to do a trip together. We all got just a tad bit torqued and remained friends ever since…. So we settled on a date and like most of our trips.. that’s as far as the planning went. Several weeks later, about two weeks before the date, we actually booked a campsite. We were heading to the North West section of Algonquin Provincial Park. Specifically, we were starting out on Kawaywaymog lake paddling through to North Tea lake all the way to Biggar Lake. Unfortunately, at last minute, something came up that prevented Matt from coming with us. “The Tom” and I decided to go anyways. Here is what happened. This trip happened (June 19 – 21, 2015) Continue reading