Aside postCamping Trip Planning and Map-Porn

We’re all about making things easier for men to camp like men. Our posts are reasonable, sophisticated and helpful, bringing civilized men one step back towards Neanderthalism but in a civilized way. Today we are going to dive into the art of trip planning. Never expect all of the sections below to happen in the same meeting, they rarely do.

Phase 1: The Meeting – This important first step is usually the first indicator of how a trip is going to play out.
This is the gathering of all the men that claimed they want to be part of this adventure. There is usually a plethora of beer, and booze as you start to discuss what geographical area everyone wants to go to (At least there is at our meetings).  When groups of men get together for these meetings, it resembles a three-year old’s birthday party. There is a lot of yelling, story telling, and nothing much gets accomplished. Throw a dart at the map if you have to. You now have somewhat of a location!

Phase 2: Map Porn – Bring out a map and every man in the room will stop what they’re doing to look at it.
At this point, you have everyone’s attention for about 2 minutes. You are going to have to work quickly. I recommend marking all the locations of interesting sites on your maps like difficult portages, rapids, beautiful campsites, great fishing spots, ruins, etc. as well as a few misleading ones just to prank your friends into going. This lets everyone see what’s there, and will let you figure out what kind of trip it will be (relaxing, challenging, fishing, or all of the above).  Remember the more drinks everyone has the more challenging the trip will be as we men get tougher as we chug down liquid courage. Plan your route to hit all the sites that are pointed out.

Tip: we recommend using maps that are at least 10 years old. The info is usually wrong and it makes it more fun.

Phase 3: Setting dates – Never easy, but don’t worry we have tips!
Everyone has different schedules and obligations to attend to, and no one cares less about them than everyone here. Throw out a few dates, the sooner the better. The good news here is most of these guys are drunk by now. If someone is unable to go because of an obligation, their manhood will get challenged and they will clear the week/weekend. Be mindful of your dates and locations for only three reasons; black-fly season, water levels, and major sporting events. Tip: Call and make reservations  instantly, this locks everyone in. Just remember to write down the info you drunk bastard.

Phase 4: Go!
Figure out canoe-mates and your equipment lists so you don’t double up on everything. Make sure to review your prank list and selected targets. pack the car and head out!

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