Monday, February 27, 2017

Welcome to the BC Outdoor Life.

BC Outdoor Life is about my experience in British Columbia's incredible outdoors. Whether hiking, hunting, fishing or cross-country skiing, spending time outside in BC is a privilege.

I will be sharing my thoughts on gear, trip preparations, and the outdoors in general. I find myself becoming more of a gear minimalist these days. I've always been interested in the lightest equipment, but now I'd like to minimize the amount of stuff I pack and own, as well as reduce the weight of individual items.

The blog will give me the opportunity to review the gear I use in the outdoors. On occasion, I've been fortunate to receive a discount on outdoor equipment, and some I've got for free. I will not let that bias my thoughts on the product, and will always strive to provide an honest review. The equipment is stuff I think will be useful in my outdoor pursuits and probably would have bought anyway. So, even though I'm reviewing lots of equipment, my goal is to find things that make my load lighter, smaller, and more efficient. I'd rather not have a basement full of duplicate equipment, but if I can find gear that is multipurpose, as well as being light-weight and more efficient, it will replace what I already use.

About this time every year, my thoughts turn to the upcoming fishing, camping, or hunting seasons. Winter is a great time to start to plan for the next trip, big or small. I will be making posts about the preparation and planning of these trips. This will tie into gear reviews, DIY, and fitness.

I plan on posting about DIY projects as well. Most of my outdoor activities come with do-it-yourself opportunities. Fly-fishing has fly-tying and rod-building, both of which I really enjoy. Backpacking has a well established light-weight community, and DIY is very common. I will be making a tarp-tent and backpack quilt at some point. With hunting, I reload and do a little basic gunsmithing. At some point, I will be making leather boots. The outdoor experience is even more enjoyable when you can make some of your own gear.

My goal is to use this journal to share my experiences and learn a bit about writing along the way. Hopefully, the learning curve isn’t too painful for both the reader and me. I do hope I’m able to provide some entertainment and a few useful tips or reviews. I never get bored of reading about the outdoors, and really appreciate all the information available on the internet, so would really like to pass on some of the same enjoyment to others.

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