Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Bushwackin' vs Glamping?

I've got a foot in at least two camps here; I'd really like to follow in Gary from Bearclaws Bushcraft's tracks and take to the woods with only a blade, a pot and a blanket. As that's so much more in the spirit of Ishi and Pope who are a big part of my inspiration for this blog. It would do me good and take me further towards being able to travel lightly across the wilderness, dulled senses awakened, to my moment with Mr Elk.


Mrs SBW is more on the 'Glamping' side of things, where she takes hair straighteners with her and chooses her wellie boots not on the grounds of design or build quality but because "those are what Kate Moss wears to Glastonbury". If she knew you could buy a portable microwave she'd have one already!

Tom from Trout Underground is sure that any form of comfort afield is weakening the gene pool to an intolerable degree
'Glamping is the fast-growing segment of the travel industry where people pretend to interface with nature while a staff of servile lackeys hover in the background, keeping the food coming, the heated tents clean, the private bathrooms in tip-top condition, and (presumably) the animals at a nice, safe distance.'

Go on Tom, don't sit on the fence tell us how you really feel!!

“forget checking for numbered birthmarks. Look to glamping for a sign the Cloven Hooved Deceiver is on the way.”

But (and it's a perfectly formed butt) Mrs SBW looks a lot like Ms Moss, and if a little luxury is the price a purist like myself must indure to snuggle up next to her in tent, then (sigh) so be it.

So what is a suburban dad to do? Sometimes it's going to be 'dump camping' by the side of the car, one day it'll be just me and you Mr Elk.

Sigh! Such is suburban life
Thanks for reading


tugboatdude said...

I like your blog dude.glamping,huh,so that's what my pathetic friends call there form of camping.Good to know.

Anonymous said...

I have to confess I'm on the "glamping" side of things as well. I'm not fond of dirt and bugs, although I will cook over a campfire.

Anonymous said...

Why not? This class of people have us doing most of its dirty work, including fighting in Iraq, so why is it a surprise they will pay to have people insulate them from what they feel are the dirty things in camping?

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Tugboat dude
Thanks for stopping by, your blog looks pretty cool too.

First they mocked my tin of foie gras and the champagne I chiled with plumbers freezing spray, then they asked for second helpings! Luxury need not end where adventure begins.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

survival topics
True. True.

Dominique said...

I've read the trout underground and believe it to be very one-sided. I thank all of those that actually have an open mind and state both sides of the story. Glamping isn't just for Kate Moss- but for everyone that wants to bring a little (or a lot) of luxury into the wilderness). To see what glamping is about, I'd suggest checking out the

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


Am I to take it that you are a representative of the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort?

As with so many corporate responses to things that happen (or are said) online, you would seem to have missed the point - TOM IS TEASING!!

andy shafte said...

This comment is effectively me holding my hands up admitting i'm so much more a glamper then a bushwacker. in fact i'm probably closest to a glamper without the camping element...The point is that I must admit to being slowly but surely seduced to the outdoorsy aspirations of SBW. Yes,the simple fact of bookmarking SBW (affirming my wild and adventurous side) partially quenches my thirst for the great outdoors..So,thankyou for the inspiration and keep up the good work.