Gaming has grown tremendously since its inception, but as computer technology advances, so does the realism and control of gaming systems. Where it used to be dull excitement of playing Pong, it has since evolved to where virtual reality is now, where the difference between reality and the game is blended and one can literally become lost in the experience. I think that’s both amazing and frightening for a handful of reasons, but what is really crazy is that games are so realistic these days that people are choosing to play games rather than live their own life (or playing a game life, within the game itself; like in Sims), and many are becoming so addicted that their regular lives are crumbling.
Up until recently, I often backpacked into the wilderness to escape the world of man, and to become lost in the wonders of the natural world. I had always refused to be that guy who used power tools while camping, because it affects the wildlife you see and hurts the environment. I have always feared poisoning one of the last remaining natural areas. But what that entailed meant that I traveled rougher, with less gear, and less comforts. I used to build a fire strictly off the land, and lighting it with a flint and steel kit, but on my last trip, I decided to try something different and it worked out extremely well. While that practice is invaluable, especially for wilderness survival mastery, I know that I may rarely go that route in today’s day and age, because of new technology. I will always carry a flint and steel kit with me, because you never know when you might need it. But I may never travel the same again.
One of the most comfortable items to take with you when you camp is also one of the most lightweight and easy to pack, which makes it a perfect addition for backpackers and wilderness trekkers alike. When you must live and die by the weight and volume of your pack, like what all backpackers must experience, then every ounce and every inch matter greatly. It’s difficult to travel luxuriously while camping, and it’s even more difficult if you’re backpacking. Over the years, I’ve found ways to make life easier when abroad, while also cutting down on the aches and pains that my back and shoulders must go through for such creature comforts
If you’re an avid camper, you likely understand the importance of always taking a small stove kit with you along your trips. Because cooking without one can be quite difficult in the wilderness. And there are a lot of foods that can be prepared in a pot, or simply with some boiling water. I challenge you to build a fire and try to boil water over it, without any modern pots or pans. Difficult, right? Potentially impossible? Perhaps, but it certainly would depend on your survivalist abilities. Anyway, I’ve grown accustomed to grilling out over a fire, so I always take a metal grate on a stand, which allows me the ability to cook meats right over the fire. But, I never camp or backpack without a fueled camp stove and pot.
Forests of green and brown pine streamed by as the search continued. And as gravel and dust billowed behind the cars, we ascended the mountain for a few miles until we found what we were looking for. A large dispersed campsite with a fire ring of rocks manifest itself just over a hilly pass. My family and I parked our cars and began exploring the area. The largest of campsites sat nearer the road, but hidden along a game trail, through a thicket of pine, sat a beautiful private site hidden from view of the other tents. It had its own fire pit and a space just large enough for my tent.
For anyone who loves Nature, who loves to explore, and trek through the wilds and over mountains, a quality boot can seriously be the difference in your survival. There are a lot of brands and styles out there, but there are a few that stand at the top of the mountain, who are known as being the best. One of those brands is Hanwag, from Germany. I’ve worked with a dozen brands with differing makes and models, and though I also love Garmont, I believe Hanwag boots to be some of the best. Hanwag boots are Europe made and handcrafted, and the Tatra Top GTX are 100% resoleable
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