I’m still working on my new comic, but in the meantime I’ve been digging through the archives of my previous strip and realizing that there are dozens of stories about hiking, camping, and outdoor sports. For example, after a particularly expensive outfitting trip to the local camp-gear store, I was inspired to draw “Be Prepared!“ This comic was about a guy and his daughter… What kinds of adventures do you think a guy and his dog could get up to in the Canadian wilderness? I’ve been writing some scripts. Drafting some art. Preparing to post.

This week in my Thursday Tuck & Tech post (where I’m making an inventory of the gear I use or would like to add to my collection) I’m looking at some of my essentially un-cast iron cookware. …because apparently cast iron is too heavy to haul up onto a mountain on a four day backpacking trip. Yet, we still gots-to-cook. When I was in the Scouts in my youth our troop spent many weekends in the woods. Looking back we ate incredibly simply: oatmeal, sandwiches, hot dogs, and other things that could be boiled or suspended from a stick over a fire. We had some go-to cookware that was worn and battered by years of use. It was a nesting-doll…

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Even far from an electrical socket, when I wake up in the woods I still have a few morning rituals. I need my hot cup of coffee brewed in one of a variety of ways: steeped, perked, or filtered. I usually try to eat a piece of fruit to start my day off right. And then I set out to cook a hearty breakfast for myself and the family. Recently, and thanks to an amazing find at one of our local camping shops, that hearty breakfast has included fresh campfire waffles. Yes, waffles. Over the campfire. The easiest way to do set yourself up for campfire waffle success is by prepping some of your ingredients at home first. In a…

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I’ve had a couple trusty knives in my possession for nearly as long as I can remember. And this week in my Thursday Tuck & Tech post (where I’m making an inventory of the gear I use or would like to add to my collection) I’m digging into a blade I was given by my brother as a best-man gift for his wedding nearly twenty years ago. The CRKT (Columbia River Knife & Tool) model SRT-HRE is a matte black, single blade, folding knife with a simple spring-arm lock in the hilt. The reverse side features a simple pocket clip which adds about 50% to the depth profile, making this about 1 cm thick by 16 cm long open (9…

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