ManCampingWomen Wrap Up
Wow… By the looks of things, everyone loved the ManCampingWomen week! We had four wonderful women posting about their stories, what they’ve learned and how they got through the “fun” times. Yes we were supposed to have one more to make it a solid five ManCampingWomen, but things don’t always work out as planned. That’s why we are ManCamping. Don’t judge us!!!
I wanted to thank all our ManCampingWomen – Ashley Young, Tierney Angus, Ashley Levacas and Gayle Labuz for joining in. Make sure to check out their websites for more of their stories. Although, I am almost certain, they don’t always tell the ManCamping side of their stories lol. There is a link to each of their websites and a link to their stories below if you missed them earlier this week. Continue reading
Eventful Camping Education
I have a confession. I’m more of a ManCamper than my husband. He’s all about planning and checklists and preparation. Me…. Not so much. There are certain things I’m not really allowed to do when it comes to getting ready for trips, and that’s mostly because I “may” have not accomplished the task very well in the past. Although, he continues to give me responsibility for packing food. This is odd because I usually miscalculate portions and always seem to bring too little of some stuff – like coffee – and too much of other stuff – like pasta. And then there was the time(s) when I completely miscalculated how much dog food we needed. Let’s say the dog thought it was awesome to be sharing the people food.
*Sigh*. I don’t do it on purpose. It just kind of happens. Continue reading
When I was approached by Man Camping last month to write about being a man camper I said it would be an honor to be included among those with such a mischievous reputation! Plus who doesn’t like hearing about tales of misadventure. The best part is, some of the greatest stories come from people who lack the ability to grow a beard!
First a little about me. Hi! Im Adventuresome! I call myself this because I’m adventuresome and I adventure, some. But my real name is Ashley. I like to joke that I grew up in a tent. As a kid my parents were always taking our family camping.
Backcountry Camping: You Always Remember Your First Time
By Tierney Angus – “Man Camping. It’s not a gender thing, it’s a state of mind and lack of planning thing.” I think it also requires a healthy consumption of malted barley beverages, a taste for everything bacon, and an ability to laugh and persevere, even when things go horribly wrong. One of my most prized possessions is my Canpanion: A cup holder that clips on the gunnel of my canoe and holds a tall-boy perfectly. That said, I’m also a Lady-Camper: I’m obsessive about crafting lists and my toiletry kit contains enough goodies to open a day spa.
This is the only surviving photo from our first backcountry camping trip. The next year, Andrew dropped his waterproofed iPhone out of the side of the canoe and it sunk to the bottom of the lake, and the fish happily racked up his data charges until the battery died.
My first backcountry experience was a memorable one, and for all the wrong reasons. No one would guess today from my carefully curated Instagram feed that I’m actually quite new to the canoeing and camping scene. I didn’t grow up camping. I didn’t even sleep in a tent until I was 24 years old, and only at the urging of my partner, Andrew. He grew up canoeing, kayaking, camping, and cottaging. I spent my summers performing musicals in a dark theatre with other poorly-adjusted nerds.