With summertime well underway, the kids are out of school, the days are long and the weather is warm… it’s that time of year to plan your next camping trip. Should it be a week-long backpacking venture into the bush? Maybe a beachside dirt patch with a fire pit? Or maybe you’re interested in something much more unique … like a human-sized bird’s nest?
Whatever your definition of a wonderful trip into the Great Outdoors looks like, it’s time to just go out and do it. That’s the beauty of camping: everyone has their own interpretation, yet everyone is ultimately after the same thing.
In the latest installment of our Around the Campfire series we chatted with professional freeride mountain biker Graham Agassiz (aka Aggy). Hailing from Kamloops, British Columbia, Agassiz is no stranger to spending time outdoors. From charging all sorts big-mountain lines to competing in some of the gnarliest MTB events out there (like Red Bull Rampage), he’s definitely a guy you could take notes from when it comes to getting after it.
Here’s what camping means to Graham Agassiz …
What's your earliest camping memory?
My earliest camping memory would probably be when I was quite young, out at the Provincial Campground at Shuswap Lake, B.C. with my parents. We used to go annually as a family, and stay in my grandparents old trailer. I remember biking around, fishing, campfires … and my introduction to s’mores!
What’s your favorite camping food?
Fresh fish and roasted veggies.
What’s your favorite camping spot on the planet?
There’s a small, small lake about 30 minutes from my place called McGlashin. There’s a great little camp spot right above the water, and the fishing is pretty good too. I’ve been going there for a long time, it’s one of many favorite spots around Kamloops.
What’s one place you’ve never camped that you'd like to?
There are a couple of hot spring locations around B.C. I’ve yet to go check out. Those would be high on my list.
What is one camping tip you’d give to a first time camper?
Wet wipes are easy to forget, but they can come in real handy when you’re a few days away from your next shower.
You can choose one tool on a survival expedition in the wilderness: machete or firestarter? Why?
Fire starter. Being warm is very important, and a fire can make an uncomfortable situation a little more bearable at times.
A large animal is lurking outside your tent in the middle of the night. What do you do?
Make lots of noise, claim your spot … and tell that animal to kick rocks!
What’s the sketchiest camping moment you've ever experienced?
Falling asleep by the fire and not making it into the cabin in grizzly bear country, with leftover fish still on the grill. Nothing happened (thankfully) but it was a bit of a sketchy situation given the location that we were in.
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