I’m a fan of “early” season camping. I put early in quotation marks as early to me is not early to some seasoned outdoorsman, but that’s neither here nor there. So I went camping this season in early May. The days were in the 80s (plenty warm), but the nights… the nights sunk to the 20s with wind whipping through the Pingree Park valley like a goddamn flood of hyper-threat violent shakes, hell-bent on destroying any mortal creation in its way. While our tent and gear withstood the barrage nature decided we needed (Birdie included), the one thing I wish I had was a legit face warmer.
Enter: The Face Warmer
Handmade in California, I came across these fleece-lined, velcro-attached by happenstance one day. Got one right off, and now wear it once the temps dip on camping trips and/or cooler bike rides through Denver. Works well for blustery hikes and going incognito.(I recommend not wearing this into a bank, convenience store, or anywhere the person behind the counter is already skiddish about being robbed…)
Anyway, I’ve found this useful thus far for camping. I assume they would be nice for chillier bike ride, but seeing as how it’s 100 in Denver, I have yet to test.
These are now available in a number of colors and patterns at Camp Well ($15).
The Camped Well Collection is a carefully curated selection of vintage camping gear and goods available at Camp Well. New offerings will be added often.
These are one of the most iconic mugs available and are well-suited for being around the campfire. They won’t melt, they clean easily, and they’re good for hot and cold liquids alike (from coffee to whisky on the rocks).
Camp mugs available now for only $8/set.
Camp Well is open. Sort of. It’s fully functional. It’s stocked with some early items from Topo Designs, Gether Clothing, Wintercheck Factory, and Form Function Form. There are a few URL glitches I am working out, currently, but it’s being taken care of.
Products from Hella and Woodworks are on their way as well. Think slingshots and bandanas.
Thanks to those who made the opening day (May 31) a great one! Check out the store, let me know what you think, and I look forward to seeing you all around the (metaphoric and vicarious) campfire.
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Hey there friends. Well, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I know. It has. I was reminded today of something I wrote year ago. I wanted to take this site in a new direction. While I explored a few different avenues, it occurred to me that what I want to do is not too far off of what i’ve done. I’m not going to talk about double-breasted Brooks Brothers suits or leather wingtips, though I may sneak in a pair from time to time, I’m just going to talk about what I know. And what I know, as a Denver native, is the art (and I stress art) of “headlight camping.” Headlight Camping? Yes. I am not one to backpack in 11 miles before finding a spot to pitch a tent. I prefer to have the car within sight, a fire raging, and plenty of whiskey and guitars to make the night a blur of amazing. I would like to introduce you to the new venture, Camp Well. Right now, yeah, it’s a baby of an idea, but the goal for this is so much more. An online shop stocked with items I believe in and would actually use camping versus what it might LOOK like you would take camping. Trust me, ain’t no one gonna wear that $150 “rugged” shirt camping just to get drunk, climb a tree, and rip the shit out of it when you jump down and nearly stumble into the fire.
So stay tuned. This is gonna be fucking fun, man.
Here’s the philosophy: just be cool, have fun, don’t be a dick, and, above all else, camp well.
Will and Camp Well
When i went camping on the 4th of July, it was the first time I had been in quite some time (read: at least two years). So, naturally I forgot a bunch of stuff, brought crap I didn’t need, and was dressed terribly unprepared for the elements. When it started raining and all I had was a cotton sweatshirt, I was forced into the tent to weather the storm. All I had was a book of crossword puzzles and two bottles of wine. (Who brings wine camping? I do, apparently.) Thank God I remembered to bring the corkscrew into the tent on didn’t have to go fetch it from the now-soaked camping chair where I was previously enjoying the fire.
The rain didn’t really let up until the next morning or so but I was basically passed out at 8:30 or so, so it didn’t really matter. Although come morning I had lost the corkscrew. Damn. But I was headed home anyway, so it’s not like it was a huge deal. BTW, a bloody mary at a campsite under a blazing sun while batting off skeeters is second to none.
There’s a few essentials I bring on every camping trip: Jerky, beer, a sleeping bag, and my beat up acoustic guitar. A knife is always a good thing to throw into the mix, but I don’t remember it in the same way I remember the other things. So, check this out, one of my best friends is back from Guatemala for a bit and wants to go camping this weekend. The Sigg Outdoor Cutlery ($20) tool would probably fall by the forgotten wayside, much like the knife, and headlamp for that matter, but that doesn’t mean it’s not terrificially convenient.
The weather is heating up so fast. It was 90 yesterday and supposed to hit that or more today. It’s really hard to sit in an office all day when the heat is on outside. Of course, the A/C is nice. But what’s even nicer is the weekends now, and the camping trips being planned. Amanda and I spoke last night about possibly getting out of town next NEXT weekend. We gotta BBQ to plan for this weekend so that won’t work. And now I’m excited, especially browsing the new tents by North Face. More pics following the jump. Get excited. Continue reading
Towering pines and a raging fire. A peirced can of beans and a slew of other snacks. The car is only 25 feet away from the tent and we’re hardly out of the city, but it’s still camping. The acoustic guitars as well as everything else will smell like campfire for days to come, but we inch closer to the flames regardless as the sunsets behind the hills and the night air chills the lot of us. Eat up and drink it down. Something sweet, something salty. You’re gonna need your strength. Hand me that hatchet. I’m going for more wood.