The Christmas Special Chew The Chat Podcast episode with special guest David Macgregor
was, of course, fantastic fun and after several craft beers and some heartwarming Whiskey, David and I made plans to go out and do a freezing winter conditions wild camp together to close off the year. We chose a local spot with not too far to hike, and we carried in some luxuries, camp chairs, camp beds, and Whiskey.
We set up camp in the early afternoon, which consisted of a tarp, craft beer, whiskey, pipe, and a raging fire. We had picked up some farmer’s beef cuts and some veg to cook a beef stew and added a cheeky Guinness Porter to flavour it up.
I have to say that this year wild camping has been a life-changing addition to my and my family’s lives. There is something so intrinsically calming and humbling about simplifying our needs and finding comfort in the beauty of nature untouched.
David had checked the weather (our Dave knows his weather) and knew we had a chance of great conditions, cold, dry, no wind no rain it was set to reach -4/5*C I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad nervous of being fucking freezing at some point! I had some new winter gear, just some layers a foil mat, and some fire duty gloves, and I was excited to see if we could retain our comfort in the face of difficult conditions. Little did I know I would go on to sleep deeply for 10 hours that night.
David built a fire I prepped the food while listening to The Flaming Lips melt in and out of the vista around us, the sunlight dancing on the water’s surface and the naked trees opening up space around us. There is something so nourishing about the crisp cool air that fills our lungs and the appreciation for our humble place in the cosmos. We clink our drinks in appreciation of these freezing conditions and simple habitat, this simple moment, and we anticipate our evening approaching of fire and feast. We celebrate our escape from the digital world of everything now, and we forget.
…just for tonight, we forget.