Backpacks: CamelBak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack, Barbados Cherry

There’s a reason this is one of the bestselling, longest-running Camel Bakpacks: it’s got everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The M.U.L.E. has a narrow-gauge design that keeps it light and maneuverable-so even when it’s fully loaded for a day of mountain biking, it won’t get in your way. BackpackSince CamelBak first launched the M.U.L.E. in 1996, it’s earned a reputation for hitting the sweet spot of size vs. storage: it’s lightweight, but big enough to carry three liters of water and a day’s worth of snacks and gear. Over the years, CamelBak has also added air channels to keep your back cool, universal helmet hooks, and clever compartments for stashing tools, keys and electronics. The latest version also features a magnetic tube trap that snaps easily into place, so you can hydrate without taking your eyes off the trail.

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An Introduction to Camping in the Wilderness.

I can think of no better definition or description of camping than this quote from Daniel J. Rice

“If you have not touched the rocky wall of a canyon. If you have not heard a rushing river pound over cobblestones. If you have not seen a native trout rise in a crystalline pool beneath a shattering riffle, or a golden eagle spread its wings and cover you in shadow. If you have not seen the tree line recede to the top of a bare crested mountain. If you have not looked into a pair of wild eyes and seen your own reflection. Please, for the good of your soul, travel west.”

Daniel J. Rice, This Side of a Wilderness

For the good of your soul….


There is nothing that I know of that can melt away the stress and worries of city life and the daily grind as quickly and completely as spending some time in the wild.  Getting your soul back.



No telephones, no radios, no newspaper and no television.  Don’t even take your Walkman or CD player.  There is enough music out there to sooth your soul.   All you have to do is listen for it.  Birds singing, a river rushing by or bubbling over rocks.   A waterfall.  The mating calls of a deer and on and on.

Cheryl Strayed, writing about her 1100 mile trek over Pacific Crest Trail, had this to say:

“Each evening, I ached for the shelter of my tent, for the smallest sense that something was shielding me from the entire rest of the world, keeping me safe not from danger, but from vastness itself. I loved the dim, clammy dark of my tent, the cosy familiarity of the way I arranged my few belongings all around me each night.” Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trailcamping

Camping is a great opportunity for getting to know your partner and/or your family better. Everybody is relaxed and there is no outside interference or influences.  I know of quite a few marriages that were saved during a camping trip.

Camping folk are normally friendly extroverted people and I’ve met some of my best friends on camping trips.  We still keep in contact and go camping together with some of them after all these years.  One of the highlights of our camping calendar is our annual get together with old camping friends at a central camping site.   We have great fun reminiscing about “the good old days” where you literally needed a truck to get all your camping gear to the camping site.

Today I can get everything I need for a week long camping trip into my backpack.

So to me camping is joy, camping is fun, camping is adventurous, camping is a new experience every day and camping is an experience to be cherished for as long as I live.

Camping gives everyone a relatively inexpensive opportunity to get outdoors and really enjoy nature and all the experiences that come with it.

For some people like me and my family, camping has become a way of life.  We get away as often as we can manage it.

For those on a restricted budget, camping is a great choice and much cheaper than a traditional holiday at a resort or hotel.

You can drive just a few miles out of town and into the great outdoors where you will find yourself in a whole different world altogether!

Regardless of the reason you went camping or whether it’s an individual expedition or a fun family outing, safety naturally is the most important thing prior to stepping out into the wilderness.

Plan your camping trip before the time.  Make a list of what you think you will need.  If it is a family camping trip get them involved in drawing up the list as well.   Don’t leave anything out, you can trim it later.

Also plan the activities you will be participating in beforehand and draw up a schedule of responsibilities for everyone.camping

Being prepared makes all the difference between an enjoyable camping experience and one that can turn miserable pretty fast.

I want to close this post with a quote from Pippa Middleton out of: Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends as well as one from Dave Barry


“Whatever form it takes, camping is earthy, soul enriching and character building, and there can be few such satisfying moments as having your tent pitched and the smoke rising from your campfire as the golden sun sets on the horizon–even if it’s just for a fleeting moment before the rain spoils everything.”    – Pippa Middleton

 “It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”      ― Dave Barry

In the old days rain was a problem, but with modern technology to ensure that everybody stays dry, rain has become of the experience.  You can’t say that you are a camper until you have been caught in your tent in a rainstorm.


Deer Stags Mack Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid),Dark Brown,6 M US Big Kid

They’ll love the grown up good looks of the Deer Stags Mack2 boots. Water-resistant faux suede or faux leather upper in a classic work boot style with lacing and a padded collar. Lightly padded insole. Thinsulate(R) insulation for warmth. Traction patterned, durable TPR outsole.


Snugpak Jungle Hammock with Mosquito Net, Olive

This Jungle Hammock with Mosquito Net is great for those who don’t want to carry a tent but want protection from insects. This Jungle Hammock comes with mosquito netting built right into the overall product. Its great for those looking for a simple solution when out in about in the woods or jungles. The Jungle Hammock with Mosquito Net comes with 4 pieces of 10 foot long guy ropes as well as a suspension attachment system. Comes with two steel carabineers for attaching to the suspension attachment system.


Gear Aid ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner, 12-Ounce

Refresh, renew and revive your outerwear with ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner by Gear Aid. This eco-friendly, high-tech wash is designed to clean technical fabrics safely, without leaving behind residues, which can affect water repellency. So your skiwear, rainwear and waterproof-breathable garments look great and keep you dry.ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner is the first step when treating garments with ReviveX Durable Waterproofing or ReviveX Waterproofing Soak. You can also use it on non-waterproof items, like sleeping bags, gloves, fleece and soft shell garments.Caring for high-tech fabrics doesn’t have to be scary. And it’s not rocket science. Gear Aid’s ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner makes it as easy as washing your socks.Gear Aid’s ReviveX is the number one choice of top skiwear and outerwear manufacturers.


Nite Ize Curvyman Cord Supervisor – Black

Meet Curvyman, Senior Headset Cord Supervisor, Frustration Preventer Extraordinaire, and Your Future Best Friend. Made of durable, lightweight plastic, his unique physique was made for keeping unruly ear buds and headsets in order-literally! Pop one end of your cord through a hole at his base, wrap it up around his middle, clip the other end through the second slit at his top, and voila! Your cord stays tangle-free and organized when not in use. Or, just wrap the slack around his middle and keep your cord close-fitting and tidy while you’re running, working, traveling, or otherwise on the go. Curvyman also comes with a size #0 plastic S-Biner attachment so you can clip him to your keys, backpack, purse or zipper pull and take him with you everywhere.


Light My Fire Titanium Spork

The perfectly designed outdoor eating utensil. Our spoon-fork-knife combo brings a bit of civilization to the wild and a bit of the wild to civilization. Designed especially for Light My Fire by Scandinavian designer Joachim Nordwall. The Spork is perfect for your backpack, boat, picnic basket, lunchbox, purse or briefcase. The Spork Titanium is made of titanium, one of the toughest alloys on the planet. Titanium is widely used in aircraft construction because of its lightness and extreme strength, yet it is also used in surgical and dental implants. Its high biocompatibility means that it is very non-toxic and is not rejected by the body. Great for your next outing, no matter where it is.


Pair of Pace Maker “Aerostride” Nordic Walking Poles with Vulcanized Rubber Feet

Suitable for people of all sizes. Three sections telescope from 26 to 54 inches long. Superior ultralight 7075 Aluminum. Sweat absorbing and durable cork grips. At only 8 ounces/pole these poles are among the lightest on the market Tungsten tips, Vulcanized “extra life” rubber feet are some of the features that other sticks on the market do not match. These sticks compare favorably with other, more expensive brands.


5x Power Butane Super Refined Fuel Gas 300 Ml (12 Cans)

Power 5x butane is a high quality refined butane for lighter refills.


Garmin 010-N0863-00 Refurbished Forerunner 110 GPS Receiver

Garmin 010-n0863-00 Refurbished Forerunner 110 Gaps Receiver